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Week 7 Game Recap: Arizona Cardinals 24, New York Giants 17

Arizona Cardinals

QB Kurt Warner, Pass: 20 - 36 - 231 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - -3 - 0

Warner never really got comfortable in week 7 due to constant pressure from the NY front four, however he managed to lead his team to victory and turn in a solid, but not spectacular stat line. Early in the game, Warner faced intense pressure and caused him to look very unsettled in the pocket, his accuracy suffered as a result. Ultimately, the Giants pressure led to a tipped pass that resulted in an INT on the first series of the 2nd quarter. As the game progressed the Arizona running game showed some life and Warner started to check down to his RB's a bit more. This resulted in Warner having some extra time to make some downfield throws to Larry Fitzgerald later in the game. Warner actually rolled out of the pocket on a couple of occasions in order to buy himself some extra time, at this point in his career that is a rarity. Later in the game he took advantage of a NY turnover for a quick TD strike to backup RB Jason Wright inside the 10 yd line. This was Warner's quietest game of the season thus far, but he was still relevant and effective.

RB Chris Wells, Rush: 14 - 67 - 1, Rec: 3 - 10 - 0

This was the Chris Wells the Arizona Cardinals had in mind when they drafted him late in the 1st round of this years draft. Wells turned in his best game as a pro and looked every bit the part of a stud RB. Running extremely hard with explosiveness and delivering vicious stiff-arms throughout the game. In many ways Wells was the key to the Cardinals win in week 7 providing them with a sorely needed running attack when the passing games was out of sorts. He came into the game on the 2nd series of the 1st quarter and immediately caught a short screen pass and ran a couple of draw plays. Wells was power was utilized more as the game progressed almost creating a conservative approach for the Arizona offense. This culminated in Wells earning his first TD as a professional when he blew up a Giants LB on his way to very impressive 13 yd TD run. Wells finished the game with career highs attempts(14), yards(67), and catches(3). As long as Wells is able to secure the ball and cure his fumbling issue, he should be able to earn the lion's share of the work in the Arizona backfield moving forward. Buy now while you still can.

RB Tim Hightower, Rush: 4 - 9 - 1, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0

Hightower took a backseat to rookie RB Chris Wells in week 7, however he still managed to find paydirt vulturing a TD. Hightower's limited role was probably due to an early 1st quarter fumble when he was wrapped up and stripped by Justin Tuck and by the emergence of Wells during the game. Hightower showed his usual good power and sure hands when called upon but is simply not a dynamic enough player to warrant long looks in this offense.

RB Jason Wright, Rec: 1 - 6 - 1

Wright was brought in to spell Tim Hightower on a key 3rd down with the game on the line and he came through with a 6 yd screen TD catch. This proved to be the only play Wright made on the week.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Rec: 6 - 83 - 0

Fitzgerald turned in another very solid effort in week 7 as Kurt Warner looked his way plenty of times. Fitz worked both sides of the field with precision but found himself double-teamed for the majority of the game. This somewhat limited his effectiveness as Warner was not able to complete a lot of the targets to him. In the 3rd quarter, Fitzgerald broke free down the middle for gains of 26 and 27 yards helping setup a Cardinal TD. Later he made a rare miscue as he dropped a sure fire TD catch from safety Antrel Rolle who was working out of the wildcat formation. Fitzgerald ended up leading the team in targets, catches, and yards in week 7.

WR Anquan Boldin, Rec: 3 - 75 - 0

You have to hand it to Anquan Boldin in week 7. He was limited by a high-ankle sprain coming into the game and still managed to not only suit up, he was fairly effective as well. Warner looked to Boldin on a variety of patterns out of different formations all night, but the ankle prevented him from creating good separation from the NY secondary. Despite the ankle, Boldin reeled in 3 catches with the big one totaling 44 yards. He was targeted more and did all of his damage in the 1st half of the game. Boldin is one of the games true warriors, however as long as he is limited with this ankle issue, his ceiling will also be limited to FF owners. Until fully healthy, he looks like a #2WR at best.

WR Jerheme Urban, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0

Urban worked in his typical #4 WR position this week for the Cardinals. He caught his only target of the game for a single yard. He will have better weeks and is worth keeping an eye on if Boldin misses any time with his high ankle sprain.

WR Steve Breaston, Rec: 1 - 23 - 0

Breaston is quite simply one the games premiere slot WR's and heading into week 7 there was speculation that he would take on a larger role due to Anquan Boldin's gimpy ankle. Those reports proved to be untrue and Breaston worked out of the slot turning in a very quiet game managing just a single catch. Breaston had only a few targets this week but was a willing and able blocker on a few running plays. Look for him to get back on track next week as he is a reliable and consistent option for the Cards and FF owners.

TE Ben Patrick, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0

Patrick was looked at a few times during week 7 early in the game when Warner did not have enough time to find his downfield targets. Patrick did a fine job making a couple of nice short checkdown catches for 14 yards. He looked to do a fine job as a blocker in this game as well, however he is not worth a roster spot.

TE Anthony Becht, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0

The veteran TE Becht continues to serve as the Cardinals #2 TE. Of course in this offense the #1 TE is not useful for owners, so the #2 option is even less so. Nonetheless Becht hauled in his lone target for an 8 yard catch in week 7. He is a block first TE at this point in this career and wouldn't even be rosterable in a 32-team league that starts 2-TE's.

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, Pass: 19 - 37 - 243 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0

The keyword for Eli Manning in week 7 was - confused. He was stymied by the Cardinals unpredictable blitz formations which attacked from different angles at different times throughout the game. The array of blitz packages forced Eli into making some questionable decisions and turning the ball over a season high 3 times (plus a dropped INT by Adrian Wilson as well). Manning's lone touchdown pass came on a stroke of luck as his second-quarter pass sailed over the reach of Mario Manningham, was deflected into the air by cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and directly into the hands of Hakeem Nicks. This pass gave the Giants the lead heading into the 2nd half. However, Eli turned in a poor showing in the 2nd half as he wasn't able to get his team back into the end zone. Manning had a chance to tie up the game late in the 4th quarter but he made a very bad read and decision culminating in his 3rd INT of the game. This marks back to back poor outings for Manning who was on cruise control earlier in the season. One has to wonder if his early season success was due to the level of competition. The coming weeks will tell us as he faces some stiff defenses.

RB Brandon Jacobs, Rush: 13 - 76 - 1, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0

Jacobs has been under some criticism for the past few games for tip-toeing at the line of scrimmage. We saw zero signs of this during week 7 as he ran very hard and blasted the holes that the O-line created for him. Jacobs did a lot of damage during the first half breaking off runs of 17 and 25 yards (if not for a superb ankle tackle by safety Antrel Rolle the 17 yarder would have possibly went for a long TD). His rushing TD was a blue collar football thing of beauty as he bowled over wanna-be tacklers on his way to the end zone. Despite his effectiveness the Giants offense for some reason went away from him during the 2nd half a bit. From a carry by carry perspective this was as good as Jacobs has looked possibly all season...owners rejoice.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Rush: 12 - 32 - 0, Rec: 1 - -5 - 0

In recent weeks Bradshaw looked to be emerging as the Giants go to running back as he was racking up some solid numbers in limited action. Make no mistake however as Bradshaw is clearly still the #2 option behind Brandon Jacobs. Week 7 proved to be a difficult game for Bradshaw as he was never able to get into space to open up a big play. He finished the game with a season low 27 total yards while seeing his typical 10-15 touches.

WR Steve Smith, Rec: 4 - 69 - 0

After getting off to a blistering start Steve Smith has seen his role reduced a touch in recent weeks. Smith was still effective in his usual precise route-running and displayed sticky hands, but it looked as if the Cardinals were committed to containing him in week 7. Smith essentially played the part of a decoy in the 1st half but was targeted a bit more in the 2nd half of the game. With the game on the line in the 4th quarter Eli Manning to looked to his #1 WR often, one was a spectacular reception down the middle of the field in tight coverage. He ended up leading the Giants in targets (10) while going for 4/69. Smith has glue-like hands and is a terrific player, however defenses have taken notice and are now daring the NY offense to throw to Smith while he is double-covered.

WR Mario Manningham, Rec: 4 - 47 - 0

Manningham is clearly the #2 option in the passing game right now for the Giants, however his suspect hands is costing him some easy catches. In week 7 Mario dropped at least 2 catches (one of which would have been a TD catch early in the 4th while easily out running two Arizona db's). Despite the drops he still managed to reel in 4 catches for 47 yards. On a couple of the short route catches Manningham displayed what is becoming his typical method of operation...making the catch and then dancing away from oncoming tacklers. Manningham's role moving forward is a bit cloudy right now due to the emergence of Hakeem Nick, but for the time being his number is being called by Eli Manning and the Giants offense enough to make him a viable starter most weeks.

WR Hakeem Nicks, Rec: 4 - 80 - 1

The rookie WR has now caught TD's in 4 consecutive weeks and continues to be a massive downfield and red zone threat for Eli Manning. Eli looked Nicks way during the 1st series of the game on a fade route target in the corner of the end zone. Nicks lone highlight of the game came when he lucked out on an underthrown ball, the ball was batted to a sprinting Nicks for a 62 yd TD catch. (Similar to the Brandon Stokley TD in week 1) Aside from that big play Nicks managed to catch 3 other balls totaling just 18 yards. Nicks is for real and right now has great boom/bust potential week to week.

WR Domenik Hixon, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0

Hixon was targeted early on a short route that he hauled in for 6 yards. His deep route target later in the game was picked off. At this point Hixon is the #4 option in a burgeoning passing attack. He is good athlete but has limited value unless your league counts return yards.

TE Kevin Boss, Rec: 3 - 35 - 0

Boss was silent in the 1st half of the game but got involved in the 2nd half when he was targeted on consecutive check-down throws from Eli Manning. In the 4th quarter Boss made one of the best plays of the night as he stretched out to make a 25 yard catch over the middle. On the play, Boss was absolutely lit up but he somehow managed to hold onto the ball. Boss has good hands but is really a better blocker than receiver. He remains a TE2 in most all formats.