Cardinals: Week 8 News & Notes

The Cardinals haven't lost back-to-back games since 2008, the offense continues to struggle and movement on the depth chart could happen soon.

--Alan Branch had two sacks in his first three seasons, but he had two last week in Seattle. Branch is sharing time at right defensive end with Calais Campbell. Branch's weight is down, to around 327, and that's been the key to his improved production. "I wouldn't say it's coming together," Branch said when asked about his performance. "Give me a couple games straight, then maybe I might catch my stride."

--The Cardinals are last in the NFL in average yards per game, gaining 237.8. The last time they finished a season with a smaller average was 1972, when Bob Hollway's team averaged 233.4 and finished 4-9-1.

--Since December 2008, the Cardinals are 9-0 after losses. They haven't lost consecutive games since 2008, which is the season they went to the Super Bowl.

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been one of running back Tim Hightower's biggest backers. But Hightower has lost three fumbles this year, and Whisenhunt's patience is wearing thin. "We can't live with that going forward," Whisenhunt said of Hightower's fumble in the second quarter last week. "Momentum was starting to turn. We were moving the football."

--Alan Branch had two sacks in his first three seasons, but he had two last week in Seattle. Branch is sharing time at right defensive end with Calais Campbell. Branch's weight is down, to around 327, and that's been the key to his improved production. "I wouldn't say it's coming together," Branch said when asked about his performance. "Give me a couple games straight, then maybe I might catch my stride."

--The Cardinals are last in the NFL in average yards per game, gaining 237.8. The last time they finished a season with a smaller average was 1972, when Bob Hollway's team averaged 233.4 and finished 4-9-1.

--Since December 2008, the Cardinals are 9-0 after losses. They haven't lost consecutive games since 2008, which is the season they went to the Super Bowl.

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been one of running back Tim Hightower's biggest backers. But Hightower has lost three fumbles this year, and Whisenhunt's patience is wearing thin. "We can't live with that going forward," Whisenhunt said of Hightower's fumble in the second quarter last week. "Momentum was starting to turn. We were moving the football."

--WR Andre Roberts is in danger of losing his job as punt returner after muffing and fumbling a punt last week in Seattle. Steve Breaston could take over, but he is just returning from knee surgery.

--RB Beanie Wells could get his first career start after Tim Hightower lost his third fumble of the season last week against Seattle. Wells has played two fewer games than Hightower but has only one fewer carry.

--FS Rashad Johnson is playing a bigger role in the team's nickel and dime packages after struggling last year as a rookie. Johnson is not making assignment errors and has been a much better tackler.

--QB Max Hall is confident he will bounce back from a shaky performance. "Even the great ones get knocked down once in awhile. It's how you respond," he said.


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