Cardinals Set Sights on Rebounding at Home

The Cardinals are 5-3 at the midway point of the season, just like last year. What's different is this team is 4-0 on the road, the first time since 1982 that it has won the first four road games of the season. No one seems able to explain how a team that previously couldn't stay in a road game, much less win one, is now invincible.

And conversely, why the same team can't win at home, where it went 14-4 the previous two seasons.

Whatever the reason for the latter, it's can't hurt that the Cardinals should be properly motivated for this Sunday's home game against Seattle.

The Cardinals are 1-3 at home, and that one victory came as a result of a goal-line stand in the final seconds.

Yes, it's been a strange season for the Cardinals, but they are in position to make a run at this point.

The schedule lightens. After the Seattle game, the Cardinals play at St. Louis and Tennessee, teams that have a combined three wins this year.

But if the Cardinals have proven to be anything this season, it's unpredictable. Their defensive effort and passion seems to ebb and flow. Quarterback Kurt Warner is capable of a bad day.

Still, the Cardinals have a two-game lead in the NFC West at the season's midway point. They'll take that.


--Wide receiver Anquan Boldin didn't win many friends by complaining after the game, a 20-point blowout, about how he was told he was inactive. Boldin said he was ready to play and that his sore right ankle felt the best it had in weeks. But he discovered he was inactive when he returned to his locker after early warmups to see his uniform was gone. Boldin said no one was "man enough" to tell him to his face. Coach Ken Whisenhunt denied that, saying he told Boldin about being deactivated as soon as he could after turning in the list to officials.

--Quarterback Kurt Warner rebounded from the Carolina game, in which he was intercepted five times, to throw five touchdown passes against the Bears.

"It's especially nice to balance all of my picks from last week with my touchdowns from this week," Warner said. "But that's part of the game. It's one of those things that I've been through many times. Unfortunately, I will probably go through it again. But so much of this business is how you respond."

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt couldn't help himself. After taking all the questions in his postgame press conference, Whisenhunt congratulated the Bears, then he noted: "The last thing I'd like to say is, we didn't let them off the hook," he said. That's a reference to former Cardinals coach Dennis Green's postgame rant after the Cardinals blew a lead to the Bears in 2006.

--Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris was ejected a minute into the game for punching guard Deuce Lutui. Lutui said he didn't know what caused Harris to lose his cool, but Lutui has been known to get under the skin of opponents.

"It's just Deuce doing his thing, getting people to play out of their norm," center Lyle Sendlein said.


--WR Anquan Boldin should be able to play against the Seahawks after missing Sunday's game with a sprained ankle. Boldin said he could have played. It was the first game he's missed this season, but the Cardinals are 5-1 without him over the past two seasons.

--QB Matt Leinart played one series at the start of the fourth quarter but was taken out after throwing an interception. Leinart threw the ball to the sideline while WR Larry Fitzgerald broke to the middle of the field. Leinart didn't run the play correctly.

"It was designed to go against a zero blitz," Whisenhunt said. "We were taking a shot (downfield). We had a good scheme for it."

Kurt Warner had practiced the play last week but Leinart had not, Whisenhunt said.

--QB Kurt Warner became the third Cardinals quarterback since 1965 to throw four touchdowns in the first half. Neil Lomax and Charley Johnson were the other two. Warner tied a personal high with five touchdowns.

--ILB Gerald Hayes missed the game because of back spasms. It was the first game he's missed since 2006.

--DE Darnell Dockett had only one tackle against the Bears, but that was a sack, and he hit QB Jay Cutler three other times.

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