Beanie Wells' career day goes to waste

Wells set career-highs last week in carries, rushing yards and touchdowns but the Cardinals still fell to the Giants.

--RB Beanie Wells set career-highs last week in carries (27), rushing yards (138) and rushing touchdowns (3). Somehow, the Cardinals managed to lose the game. Wells leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns with five.

--The Cardinals have converted just 6 of 26 third-down opportunities in the last two weeks. Their overall percentage of 29.8 ranks 28th in the NFL.

--The Cardinals are 23-4 under coach Ken Whisenhunt when they've led after the third quarter. Two of those losses have comes this season.

"I wish we had the answer. If I did, we wouldn't be making the same mistakes -- or mistakes in general; I shouldn't say same mistakes," said QB Kevin Kolb. "But it's a collective group. You always start with the quarterback and that's the way we'll approach it. I'm not going to tell you it's a work in progress; I'm tired of saying it."

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't have much to say about the fumble that wasn't called against the Giants. Officials ruled Giants WR Victor Cruz "gave himself up" when he went to the ground after a reception late last week.

The Giants scored on the next play. Whisenhunt tried to challenge the ruling on the alleged fumble but was told he couldn't by referee Jerome Boger. Replays showed that Cruz was stumbling when he went down. He let go of the ball without being touched by a defender.

"I'll be perfectly honest with you -- it really doesn't matter what I think," Whisenhunt said. "I threw the challenge flag and they wouldn't allow me to challenge it, so they made the ruling and I have no choice but to live by the ruling.

"But I'll tell you this: It shouldn't have come down to that play. It shouldn't have mattered with that play. ... Those things happen, that call was the officials' call and there's nothing I can do with that."

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- That's the number of times Beanie Wells has lost yards on a rushing attempt this season. Wells has 59 rushes.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When I started playing football, I didn't say I wanted to make a whole bunch of money. Obviously, it's a benefit now, but I play for the love of the game. I'm not sitting around worrying every week about getting a new contract.

"Obviously, I want to be the best I can be. If I get beat I'm upset about that, but in this game, you can't go around focusing on the past the whole time. You keep worrying about that, you're just going to keep going downhill." -- OT Levi Brown, on criticism of his play.

SERIES HISTORY: 22nd regular season meeting. Vikings lead series, 11-10. This will be the fourth consecutive season in which the teams have played with Arizona winning two of those three. The Vikings beat the Cardinals, 27-24, in overtime last season at Mall of America Field. The Cardinals led by two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings tied the game with 27 seconds left when Brett Favre completed a 25-yard pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. In overtime, the Vikings had a 30-yard run and a 22-yard pass that set up the winning field goal.

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