QB Kurt Warner and the Cardinals normally potent aerial attack was held in check a week ago but got back on track in Jacksonville. Warner was nearly perfect completing 24-of-26 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Warner benefited from the return of both Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston who led Arizona in receiving. Breaston reeled in five catches for 83 yards while Boldin tallied 69 yards on eight grabs.
Opposing defenses have been keying on WR Larry Fitzgerald early in the season but he managed to find the end zone for the second time in as many weeks. Fitzgerald totaled four catches for 34 yards and a score. Another area concern for the Cardinals is the ball security of Wells. The former Ohio State star has shown flashes of brilliance but fumbled the ball twice on Sunday afternoon. Wells must hold onto the ball or Hightower will continue to log the bulk of the carries.
The Jaguars' running game averaged 4.6 yards per carry but was limited to only 92 yards on the ground. RB Maurice Jones-Drew carried just 13 times for 66 yards while adding a lackluster four catches for 17 yards through the air. Garrard finished 23-of-43 for 282 yards and WR Mike Sims-Walker led the team in receiving with six grabs for 106 yards and a touchdown. Jacksonville's offense was ineffective until scoring two late touchdowns after the game was out of reach.
While kicker Neil Rackers missed one of his two field goal attempts, the Cardinals continue to gain an advantage on special teams. Safety Antrel Rolle returned a blocked field goal 82 yards for a touchdown propelling Arizona to a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter. Punter Ben Graham averaged over 46 yards per punt and pinned the Jaguars inside the 20-yard line once.
The Cardinals avoided a disastrous start for the time being with upcoming games against difficult opponents. Arizona hosts the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night football and should have a leg up given that the Colts are coming off a short week and making the trip to the desert. Following a showdown with Indianapolis, Arizona enters its bye week and remains home to face the Houston Texans in Week 5.
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