By The Numbers: AZ Cardinals Cash In On Depth

Arizona continues its winning ways at home, where its riding a five-game home winning streak. Arizona moves to 8-2 at home under Ken Whisenhunt thanks to a collaborated effort that sent Tim Hightower, Larry Fitzgerald and Edgerrin James to the locker room with at least a touchdown each. Neil Rackers feels good with his longest field goal this year as the Cardinals wins 41-17.

The Buffalo Bills headed to the desert with an unbeaten 4-0 record, which is their best start since their 1992 Super Bowl season. The Cardinals were coming off a two-game losing streak and the Bills felt the brut of the disappointment as they were handed a 41-17 blowout.

Ken Whisenhunt relishes the victory on the field, but a bit of a milestone in his career at Arizona as well. Whisenhunt moves a win to the left column to raise his overall record to 11-10 with the Cardinals.

Arizona dished out quite a bit of season firsts in week five. With the absence of Anquan Boldin, WR Steve Breaston was given No. 2 receiving duties, which he made the best of. Breaston led the team in receiving yards with 77 on seven catches.

WR Larry Fitzgerald came up with 52 yards on seven catches, which was good for a pair of touchdowns. The two scores by Fitzgerald marks the first time this season he's put points on the board twice in one game.

RB Tim Hightower is no stranger to the end zone. He's scored at least one touchdown in four out of five games. Sunday marked Hightower's first multiple touchdown game of his career.

On the theme of firsts, Early Doucet saw his first regular season action of his rookie year. The receiver, who is expected to be a major contributor one day, has sat inactive in four games. The Boldin injury really opened the doors for Doucet, as he compiled 42 yards on six receptions.

The time table for Boldin's return is still unannounced. Whisenhunt said that Boldin's health is the biggest concern for the organization. Teammate and fellow tough guy, Adrian Wilson, isn't worried about Boldin's stealth.

"He is by far the toughest person I know," Wilson said. "I've been here eight years, and he is the toughest player I've played with."

Wilson had bit of question mark about his status (sore hamstring), but showed up in premium form on Sunday.

"I had my mind made up this morning that I was going to play," Wilson said. "Coach (Ken) Whisenhunt asked me if I had a role, what would it be. I said I could go on third down. That was my role."

Wilson played his role too well if you ask the Bills. Wilson took out quarterback Trent Edwards on the third play of the game. Edwards suffered a concussion.

Bird Briefs

--The Cardinals win was the first against the Bills since 1984.

--With his 52 yards, Fitzgerad reached more than 5,000 in 65 career games. He is the seventh fastest receiver in league history to obtain the milestone.

--The Cardinals are enjoying what offseason addition Travis LaBoy brings to the defense. He recorded his second muli-sack games this season against the Bills, which marks four on the young season.


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