Warner Benefits From Superstar Receivers

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin vowed his contract dispute with the team wouldn't affect his performance. And he backed that up Sunday with one of the best games of his career. Boldin caught six passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yarder, the longest reception of his career. There's little wonder the Cardinals have rejected Boldin's request for a trade.

Anquan Boldin's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, continues to bang the drum for a deal, saying last week that Boldin would look good in a Dolphins uniform.

The fact is he'd look good in almost anyone's uniform. The Cardinals used him in myriad ways. While Boldin isn't a burner, he can get deep, as he proved last year. He is also deadly around the goal line, where the club has used him as a runner from the backfield, a receiver and as a thrower.

Boldin was vocal in training camp at his unhappiness over his contract, which runs through 2010. The Cardinals have reneged on a promise to extend it, Boldin said, and he vowed he wouldn't ever re-sign with Arizona.

Boldin's rhetoric has cooled in recent weeks, and he has chosen not to say much about the situation since the season has started.

"I'm a Cardinal every time I go out on that field, I'm going to give it my all," he said. "I'm not going to deviate from that."

Boldin is making a pretty strong case for a new deal, which the Cardinals have said they are willing to give him, provided it makes financial sense.

Not only did he turn in a superlative performance against the Dolphins, he delivered a pregame speech to his teammates about not wasting opportunities.

"Like I told the guys before the game, these are the games we're supposed to win," he said, "and not just barely win. It's not a crime to put teams out early in the game. For us to get to the next level, we have to have that mindset."

One thing is clear: If the Cardinals stay healthy, this offense will be potent. Over the last 10 games, the Cardinals have scored at least 20 points, the longest such active streak in the NFL. And they scored 30 points in six of those games.

Dating back to last season, the Cardinals are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Their turnover ratio is plus-seven.

Part of the reason, of course, is the play of Kurt Warner. He had a perfect quarterback rating against the Dolphins. It was the third of his career, tying Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.

The Cardinals are 2-0 for the first time since 1991, and a victory in Washington would give them a 3-0 record for the first time since 1974. Dating back to last season, the Cardinals have won four straight, their longest winning streak since 1999.

To their credit, the players are downplaying the fast start.

"I tell the guys to enjoy the win but keep in mind, we beat a team that went 5-11 (last year) and a team that went 1-15," said defensive end Darnell Dockett, referring to the 49ers and Dolphins. "We'll find out what type of team we have when we go on the road against a team like Washington who's talented."

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--RB Edgerrin James' 55 yards rushing give him 15,004 yards from scrimmage in his career. That's 14th on the NFL's all-time list.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 153 yards, including a long of 75 yards. That was the longest of his career.

--WR Anquan Boldin caught six passes for 140 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown pass. That was the longest reception of his career.

--OT Levi Brown missed a series after suffering a left knee strain. He returned to the game.

--CB Eric Green suffered a strained left calf and missed a series. He returned to the game.

--QB Kurt Warner had a perfect passer rating of 158.3. It was the first time a Cardinals quarterback had done that since Jim Hart in 1975. It was the third time Warner has done it, tying Peyton Manning's NFL record.


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