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Week 2 Game Recap: Miami Dolphins 10, Arizona Cardinals 31

What you need to know

Miami Dolphins

Miami played poorly in this game and didn't have any answers for the Cardinals' passing attack giving up big plays early, a 79 yard touchdown to Anquan Boldin and 75 yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the first quarter alone. Behind by 17 at the half, the Dolphins continued their poor play early in the third quarter, by taking foolish penalties to help the Cardinals continue scoring drives. For example, on a field goal attempt, the Dolphin defense was flagged for 12 men on the field. Later in the same drive, on a third and two from the two yard line, the Dolphin defense committed a face mask penalty after Kurt Warner was sacked giving the Cardinals new life. Three plays later, Arizona scored to go up 24-0. As a team, they only had 236 net yards on offense.

QB Chad Pennington found himself behind by 28 points, but played mistake free football despite his team's inept play. He finished the game ten for 20 for 112 yards with no scores or turnovers. Pennington was pulled at the 9:42 mark of the fourth quarter, but not because of his play.

RB Ricky Williams started the game and ran hard but found the Cardinals' rush defense too tough penetrate. Williams longest run from scrimmage was only eight yards and finished the game with 28 yards on 11 carries. RB Ronnie Brown didn't get a chance to get going as Miami had to abandon the run game to play catch up. Brown carried the ball 11 times for 25 yards, and scored on a one yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter during mop up time.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals dominated this game and came out passing as Warner hit his first nine passes. He had 221 yards and two touchdowns in little over the first 20 minutes of play. The Cardinals' offense scored 17 first half points and scored on their first two second half offensive possessions to extend their lead to 31-3. The Cardinals' offense has now scored 20 or more points in ten straight games, which is the longest streak currently in the NFL.

QB Kurt Warner's first-half stats were 11 of 13 for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He saw very little pressure and threw passes with crisp precision. The Dolphins pass defense offered little resistance. Warner finished the game 19 of 24 for 361 yards and three touchdowns. He had a perfect passing rating of 158.3 in the game, and for the third time in his career, tying Peyton Manning for the NFL record.

RB Edgerrin James' stats were skewed since the Cardinals had such success in their passing game. James ran hard, and many of his carries were misdirection plays, or came late in the game with the Cardinals running the clock out. He finished the game with 18 carries for 55 yards and no touchdowns. RB Tim Hightower continues to get touches in this offense. Hightower is a punishing runner and finished the game with ten carries and 24 yards and a touchdown. Hightower figures prominently in the Cardinals' red zone offense, as he substitutes for James in those situations, and scored his only touchdown on a one yard run.


What you ought to know

QB Chad Pennington, Pass: 10 - 20 - 112 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0

Pennington actually played mistake free football, but found himself with too much to do. He completed passes to six different receivers and had 112 yards on ten for 20 attempts. He had no turnovers and when he had time, his passes were on the mark. He was sacked twice. He was pulled late in the game but it wasn't for poor play.

QB Chad Henne, Pass: 7 - 12 - 67 - 0 TD / 0 INT

Henne came in with 9:42 to play in the fourth quarter and promptly led the Dolphin's on a 18 play, 71 yard scoring drive capped off by a one yard Ronnie Brown touchdown run. Henne was seven for 12 for 67 yards on that drive.

RB Ronnie Brown, Rush: 11 - 25 - 1, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (6 targets)

Brown shared time with Williams, but Miami had to abandon the run game after falling behind by 28 points. He managed 25 yards on 11 carries, but really never was a factor in this game. Late in the fourth quarter, Brown dropped a sure touchdown pass on a second and goal from the two yard line. Two plays later he scored from one yard out on a fourth and two.

RB Ricky Williams, Rush: 11 - 28 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (2 targets)

Williams ran hard against the Cardinals rush defense but found few big holes. His longest rush was eight yards and he finished the game with 11 carries and 28 yards. Williams did fumble the ball once in the game.

WR Greg Camarillo, Rec: 4 - 49 - 0 (8 targets)

Camarillo ended the game with four catches for 49 yards. Camarillo was targeted deep in the end zone on the Dolphins' longest drive, but had the ball slip off his fingertips.

WR Davone Bess, Rush: 1 - 13 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (3 targets)

Bess, who returns punts and kick offs, caught two balls for 13 yards. He clearly was the quickest Miami receiver and at times looked as though he was going to break a kick off long.

WR Derek Hagan, Rec: 3 - 51 - 0 (5 targets)

Finished the game as the Dolphin's leading receiver catching three balls for 51 yards.

WR Ted Ginn, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)

Ginn was not a factor in this game and made his first catch of the game late in the fourth quarter.

TE David Martin, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (5 targets)

Martin caught three balls for 32 yards. His longest was a 18 yard catch over the middle.

TE Anthony Fasano (1 targets)

Fasano started the game, but had no catches and was targeted only once. He never was a factor in this game despite a good outing last week.

PK Dan Carpenter 1 - 1 FG, 1 - 1 XP, 4 points

Carpenter kicked his first NFL field goal late in the third quarter, a 32 yard effort.

MIA Rush Defense

Although giving up a total of only 81 yards and one score, the rush defense stats are skewed since the Cardinals didn't need the run game and relied on the pass during the game. The rush defense gave up the touchdown to RB Tim Hightower, a one yard effort.

MIA Pass Defense

One world sums up the Miami pass defense in this game--horrible. They left Boldin and Fitzgerald wide open missing assignments and had no answer for the Cardinals' passing attack that amassed 376 yards in the game and 247 yards alone to Kurt Warner in the first half alone. The pass defense gave up three touchdowns and several long passes. The Miami defensive secondary was schooled by the Cardinal receivers, especially DBs Chris Crocker and Andre Goodman. Miami had only two sacks during the afternoon, but committed several critical penalties keeping Arizona drives alive.


QB Kurt Warner, Pass: 19 - 24 - 361 - 3 TD / 0 INT

Warner started hot with his first pass going for a 79 yard touchdown to Anquan Boldin. Warner hit his first nine passes for 221 yards to start the game and had 247 yards and two scores at the first half. His passes were crisp and on the mark. Warner finished with a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3, the third time in his career. He is now tied with Peyton Manning for the NFL career record for a perfect passing rating.

QB Matt Leinart, Pass: 1 - 2 - 15 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -2 - 0

Leinart came in for Warner at 2:36 mark of the fourth quarter with the Cardinals up 31-10. He was one for two for 15 yards.

RB Edgerrin James, Rush: 18 - 55 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets)

James' stats for this game are a result of the Cardinals' success via the pass rather than run. He finished with 18 carries for 55 yards. He ran hard, and looked good while carrying the ball.

RB Tim Hightower, Rush: 10 - 24 - 1, Rec: 1 - 20 - 0 (1 targets)

Hightower figures prominently in this offense as the rookie finished the game with 24 yards on ten carries and a touchdown. He made a crucial first down on a draw deep in the Cardinals own side of the field and also is the red zone back of choice for the Cardinals, replacing James in the Cardinals short yardage package. He scored on a one yard run late in the fourth quarter.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Rec: 6 - 153 - 0 (11 targets)

Fitzgerald caught six passes for 153 yards, but no touchdowns. His longest play was a 75 yard catch, where he faked the Miami defender, but was caught on the four yard line. Fitzgerald was open often and made his catches look effortless.

WR Anquan Boldin, Rec: 6 - 140 - 3 (6 targets)

Boldin finished with a career high three touchdown game. He caught six balls for 140 yards and scored on tosses of 79, two, and eight yards. Boldin was unstoppable and at time found himself alone in the Miami secondary.

WR Steve Breaston, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)

Breaston caught one ball for 18 yards on a slant route, but also ran the ball once (four yards) and returns punts and kickoffs.

TE Ben Patrick, Rec: 4 - 30 - 0 (5 targets)

Patrick had a useful outing catching four balls for 30 yards mainly over the middle, and had one red zone catch in the first half.

TE Leonard Pope, Rec: 1 - 15 - 0 (2 targets)

Pope caught one pass for 15 yards, and was targeted twice.

PK Neil Rackers 1 - 1 FG, 4 - 4 XP, 7 points

Rackers made one of two attempts connecting on a 45 yard effort in the first half, and missing a 47 yard attempt left early in the second half. He was perfect on all extra points.

ARI Rush Defense

The Cardinals rush defense gave up only 72 yards on 24 attempts and kept Williams and Brown in check. The longest run from scrimmage was only 13 yards. The only touchdown, (a one yard effort) was in garbage time and given up to Ronnie Brown. A good effort by a rush defense that is coming into its own.

ARI Pass Defense

The Cardinals pass defense played especially well and only gave up 179 yards. Pennington had 112 yards only and had a completion percentage of only 50 percent. Henne came in the fourth quarter and had some success against the Cardinals pass defense, but it was mop up duty. They recorded two sacks on the afternoon.