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Week 1 vs. SF
Rushing: 26 / 73 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 13 / 0 on 5 targets
James got off to a slow start in the game. The Cardinals looked incapable of moving the ball on the ground. James did have a goal line carry on the Cardinals' opening drive but he was stopped for a loss. The defense had 12 men on the field however. After that drive ended with a touchdown pass, the Cardinals fed James the ball on their second drive. He carried from the five yard line and was stopped a foot short. He then appeared to get in but was ruled down, before scoring on his third carry after diving over the defenders. James only managed 27 yards on 14 carries in the first half. During the second half, James started to get a little more running room. He had a 13 yard carry ruled out due to an illegal shift. Late in the game, he had an 11 yard carry to the one, but it was ruled out because of a holding penalty. He ended the day with 26 carries for 73 yards and a score and also caught three of his six targets for a total of 13 yards.
Week 2 vs. SEA
Rushing: 18 / 64 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 33 / 0 on 8 targets
It took quite a while for James and the Cardinals' offense to get the running game off the ground. He struggled in the first half, gaining only 14 yards on eight carries and did not seem to be playing with his characteristic vision. He was a key factor in setting up Arizona's lone touchdown, carrying the ball four times for 23 yards on the drive. His final stat line showed 64 yards on 18 carries and an additional 33 yards on seven pass receptions. James' owners should note that he continued to get carries in the fourth quarter with his team down by three scores.
Week 3 vs. STL
Rushing: 24 / 94 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
James posted very solid statistics on a day that found running room scarce. He had just 17 carries for 61 yards through three quarters, but with his team trailing in the fourth he still saw enough touches to add seven more carries for 33 yards and a score. He showed nice open-field running in the early going, and strength when hitting the hole. Additionally, he generally wore down the Saint Louis defense all game long until he was finally able to finish strong. He was picking up the tough yards late in the contest as Arizona tried getting into field goal range. While James did find the end zone late in the game, he wasn't as fortunate early on, getting stuffed from the two yard line on first down and again from the one yard line on second down. Warner was intercepted in the end zone on the subsequent play. James was credited with three additional rushing yards after being hit for a loss on a play that was negated due to an off-sides penalty on the Rams.
Week 4 vs. ATL
Rushing: 20 / 41 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 31 / 0 on 7 targets
The frustration is starting to show on James. He continues to get hit in the backfield on lots of his carries. Five of his eight first half carries went for negative yards. His five passing targets in the first half were more a factor of QB Kurt Warner throwing the ball away as opposed to part of the game plan. Only three of his twenty carries went for four yards or more.
Week 5 vs. KC
Rushing: 24 / 71 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 44 / 0 on 6 targets
James had a good game statistically. He caught all six passes thrown his way. He compiled 115 total yards. He established himself as the safety net for quarterback Matt Leinart. His totals and performance were a little tinged by his inability to break anything out and by averaging less than three yards per carry.
Week 6 vs. CHI
Rushing: 36 / 55 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 2 targets
James saw a lot of work as he carried 36 times in the game. He was bottled up for most of the night with 14 carries going for no gain or a loss. Only two carries gained more than six yards. To be fair to James, much of his work came after the Cardinals had a big lead and the Bears were expecting the run. James not only failed to put the game away, he also fumbled with five minutes remaining in the game. Charles Tillman recovered the ball and scored a 40 yard touchdown. James was targeted twice in the passing game, catching one pass for seven yards and a first down.
Week 7 vs. OAK
Rushing: 13 / 34 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 3 targets
James had another tough outing, rushing for only 34 yards on 13 carries and one reception for four yards. James seems to be running hard when he's in space and not being hit behind the line of scrimmage, but the Arizona offensive line just isn't getting it done. Not only have his rushing numbers taken a significant dive, but James is not involved in the passing game like he was in Indianapolis. Against Oakland, he was targeted only three times, catching one pass for four yards.
Week 8 vs. GB
Rushing: 24 / 84 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 25 / 0 on 7 targets
James ran hard all day long, actually having his best game of the season. He was a frequent target on safety valve passes as well.
Week 10 vs. DAL
Rushing: 15 / 68 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 6 targets
James averaged 4.5 yards per carry, better than his 2.8 average coming into this game, but only carried 15 times. He added two catches for 11 yards.
Week 11 vs. DET
Rushing: 22 / 96 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 0 on 4 targets
James averaged over four yards per carry, and nearly broke the century mark for his first time as a Cardinal. A defensive holding penalty which went for ten yards on the Cardinals second drive of the game negated a five yard run, which theoretically may have allowed him to exceed the one hundred yard mark. James' long run on the afternoon was for eighteen yards during the first half when he gained 58 yards on eleven carries. James had one goal line carry in this game from two yards out where he failed to gain a yard.
Week 12 vs. MIN
Rushing: 4 / 15 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 10 / 0 on 2 targets
James had a 14 yard run on his first run of the game but fumbled the ball away on his second carry. He only had one more carry in the half, not because of the fumble, but because the Cardinals didn't attempt to run the ball against the Vikings number one run defense. In fact, James would only gain one more yard after his initial 14 yard carry in the first quarter. The Cardinals only had 17 yards rushing in the game. James finished with only 25 total yards and was pretty much a non-factor in the game.
Week 13 vs. STL
Rushing: 26 / 115 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
James exceeded the century mark for the first time all season by averaging 4.4 yards per carry, though he did not break anything for longer than eleven yards all afternoon. While he wasn't utilized inside the five yard line, James took six straight carries late in the game for 31 yards to help take more than three minutes off the clock and put away the game. It should raise the eyebrows of James owners that the Cardinals ran the ball seven times and threw the ball twice inside the five yard line, knowing that James did not have any of those touches or targets.
Week 14 vs. SEA
Rushing: 26 / 115 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 6 / 0 on 2 targets
James looked more effective than he has in most games this season. He gained positive yardage on 23 of 26 carries, and did not lose yardage on any carry. He was replaced on third and one by Marcel Shipp twice in the first half, but stayed in during key situations for the remainder of the game. James eluded three tacklers to score on a seven yard run on the Cardinals' third possession, but was only able to average three yards per carry in the first half. James improved in the second half and helped bring the team back from a three point deficit. He showed a great burst to break into the secondary for a 17 yard gain to give the Cardinals first and goal. He then carried two yards to the five before Leinart threw a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals looked to control the game on the ground after recapturing the lead, and James was able to make that happen. He had three runs for first downs on the Cardinals' fourth possession of the second half, the last of which saw him breaking tackles for another 17 yard gain. He finished the game with 26 carries for 115 yards; his second consecutive 100 yard game.
Week 15 vs. DEN
Rushing: 14 / 63 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 3 targets
James was somewhat effective rushing gaining 63 yards on only 14 attempts while scoring the only offensive touchdown of the game. He also caught two of the three passes intended for him. Forced into a catch-up role, Arizona did not seem to have the opportunity to utilize him fully.
Week 16 vs. SF
Rushing: 29 / 105 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 3 targets
James carried the load for the Cardinals rushing attack, carrying the ball 29 times for 105 yards. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and had a long run of just 11 yards. James owners also were hurt by Marcel Shipp stealing another potential James score. In the passing game, James was targeted three times, catching one pass for a three yard gain.
Week 17 vs. SD
Rushing: 16 / 66 / 1
James did the majority of his damage very early on, when the game was still relatively close. He managed to find the end zone for the sixth time this season, and generally looked pretty good running the ball against a tough San Diego defense. But his touches were few and far between as the Chargers began pulling away, and James never was established as a part of the passing game. Instead, Obafemi Ayanbadejo saw three passing targets out of the backfield, and Marcel Shipp saw two.