Back to the Drawing Board for Arizona

The Cardinals concluded their East Coast road trip with a 56-35 loss against the New York Jets. Following two wins and a competitive performance against Washington last week, Arizona took a major step back in New York. Brad Wilbricht breaks down what went wrong and wraps up Sunday's action from the Meadowlands.

In route to their second consecutive loss, the Cardinals committed five first half turnovers and were unable recover from a 34-0 halftime deficit. After a dismal first half, Arizona's offense bounced back to score on five straight possessions in final two quarters of play. The Cardinals hopes of a monumental comeback ended when they committed their seventh turnover of the game with 1:54 remaining.

QB Kurt Warner failed to protect the ball as he tossed three interceptions and fumbled four times, losing three. Warner aired it out early and often as the Cardinals were forced to play catch-up for the majority of the game. Warner completed 40-of-57 passes for 472 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked a season high five times.

Wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald continue to put up big numbers. Boldin led the team with 10 catches for 119 yards and one touchdown while Fitzgerald reeled in eight passes for 122 yards. However, most of their production came after the Cardinals dug themselves into a significant hole.

With 27 seconds left in the game, Boldin went down with what looked to be a serious injury. Boldin was motionless for several minutes and was taken off on a stretcher. More news should be released in the coming days.

WR Steve Breaston

One of the few bright spots for Arizona was the emergence of WR Steve Breaston. Breaston secured the third wide receiver spot after a tremendous offseason but had yet to experience a breakout performance. He finished with nine grabs for 122 yards and had a long reception of 37 yards.

Although the Cardinals scored three rushing touchdowns on the day, running backs Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower continue to find little success on the ground. The two combined for only 42 yards while averaging just 2.8 yards per carry. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley was forced to abandon the running game earlier that anticipated.

On defense, not much went right for Arizona. To their credit, the Cardinals defense was put in inopportune situations throughout the game as the offense continued to turn the ball over. New York RB Thomas Jones was limited to 46 yards on 15 carries. However, the Jets running game routinely set up several big gains on play action fakes.

Playing on a sore ankle, QB Brett Favre exploded for a career-high six touchdown passes. WR Laveranues Coles was the recipient of three of Favre's touchdown strikes while WR Jerricho Cotchery hauled in two touchdowns in the final quarter of play to seal the win. Favre finished 24-of-34 for 289 yards while Coles led the Jets in receiving with eight grabs for 105 yards.

Arizona managed to cut the Jets lead to 13 on three different occasions in the second half but the Cardinals defense was unable to keep Favre and company out of the end zone. New York scored on touchdown passes of 17, 40 and 24 yards during the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals return home next week to face off against the 4-0 Buffalo Bills. Following a tussle with the Bills, the Dallas Cowboys make the trip west to the desert. Arizona needs to find the win column in at least one of their next two games in order to stay above .500 heading into the bye week.

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