Wells breaks loose, but Cards' defense falters

August, 28, 2009
8/28/09
8:29
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals are hitting the "what to watch" items almost methodically Friday night, for better and worse. Rookie running back Beanie Wells has a 20-yard touchdown run against the Packers, but the Arizona defense has allowed 31 points and nearly 350 yards in the first half, with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and others giving up long pass plays, according to the Cardinals' radio team.

I'm looking forward to watching this one on NFL Network later Friday night. Arizona wanted its first-team defense to cut down on big pass plays allowed. The Packers' Aaron Rodgers has completed 13 of 17 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Officials are reviewing another potential touchdown pass while I type this.

Update: Packers are up 38-10 at halftime and it sounds like Rodgers-Cromartie is getting a wakeup call in this one. NFL Network is replaying this one at 1 a.m. ET.

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