Larry Fitzgerald has the greatest hands in the NFL. Certain plays from Sunday even made Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones scratch his head. Adam Jones couldn't do anything about Fitzgerald's ability to make the ball his own in any situation.
Fitzgerald is third in the league with 545 receiving yards on 36 catches, with an average of 91 yards a game.
Fitzgerald hasn't seen any more throws come his way because of Boldin's absence. Steve Breaston has been incredible in Boldin's place, which gives Kurt Warner similar reliability down the stretch, but it's Fitzgerald who is a sure thing.
2. Plagued By Penalties
The Cardinals are still penalty prone much to the dismay of Arizona supporters. Sunday's game came equipped with a plethora of false starts on first downs that pushed the Cardinals back on the worst possible plays.
Last year the Cardinals led the league in penalties. This year isn't much different as they are fourth across the NFL with 45, which have given away 288 unnecessary yards.
The Cowboys and Cardinals tied for 12 penalties last Sunday.
The Cardinals have some heavy hitters on special teams waiting for their chance. Sean Morey is one of them. Coach Ken Whisenhunt brought Morey with him to Arizona after Morey spent three years with Whisenhunt's alumni the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morey's blocked punt let Monty Beisel recover the ball and return it for a touchdown, which gave the Cardinals top priority on Monday's highlight reels.
Sunday marked the second time that Morey blocked a punt in a Cardinals jersey. The first was his opening year with Arizona on Sept. 16, 2007.
4. Playmakers Play On
The Cardinals can't ask for anything more of Breaston. He's stepped up big in Boldin's sideline stint, but other players have been even more surprising. The Cardinals are getting production from up and down the lineup. J.J. Arrington started things off against the Cowboys with a dynamic 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Also on the running back front, Tim Hightower continually impresses any doubters. He didn't reach the end zone, but came up with a pivotal first down. In the third quarter, Hightower caught a short left pass from Kurt Warner that he ran for 17 yards and the first down.
A sure and steady defensive effort from Karlos Dansby, Gerald Hayes and the list goes on were felt by the Cowboys. The pair both had six tackles along with Rod Hood and Antrel Rolle.
Chike Okeafor, Darnell Dockett and Bertrand Berry all got the best of QB Tony Romo with a sack a piece.
5. Cardinals Getting Credit Where Credit Is Due?
When Arizona closed in on the New York Jets after a major first half deficit, nothing was said. Talk surrounded Brett Favre's career-high touchdown passes instead. When the Cardinals handed the Buffalo Bills their first loss of the season, it was much ado about nothing. When the Cardinals took care of the Cowboys, the main storyline was Romo's broken finger.
Arizona has yet to get credit for solid showings, but rather the other team gets hammered for struggling against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals get a week off and will return to action to face the Carolina Panthers next. Arizona seems to be the Roger Dangerfield of the league. Respect might not come until the Cardinals face the New York Giants in week 12, but the Cleveland Browns halted the Giants undefeated streak and nobody looks at them any different.