With All Pro Nathan Vasher out of the lineup as a precautionary measure, nickelback Ricky Manning Jr. got the start opposite Charles Tillman while Wesley saw plenty of action as the third corner. Not only did two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner pick apart the Bears secondary to the tune of 8-for-11 and 73 yards, rookie Matt Leinart came on in relief and looked like the second coming of Kenny Stabler, going 15-of-21 for 144 yards. Both Warner and Leinart threw a touchdown pass, and neither was intercepted.
The defensive backs were supposed to be a deep and talented bunch for the Bears, but with safety Mike Brown once again out of the lineup to nurse a sore Achilles', the unit looks lost without their leader back there. Wesley was simply over-aggressive and gave the Cardinals a couple of gift first downs. Those are the mistakes that keep drives alive and give opponents more bullets to fire, and the it cost the Bears dearly in a disappointing 23-16 loss.