Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 28, Texans 21

October, 11, 2009
10/11/09
7:17
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


Give Kurt Warner time and he's going to look like a Hall of Famer.

Take away that time and the Cardinals will have a hard time protecting a 21-point lead.

That was the case Sunday and it will be the case all season for the Cardinals as long as they want to pass the ball a disproportionate amount of the time.

Leading 21-0 at halftime Sunday, the Cardinals passed the ball nine consecutive times to open the third quarter. They had opened the game running five times during an eight-play touchdown drive.

If not for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's interception return for a touchdown with 2:20 remaining in a tie game, and if not for a goal-line stand in the final minute, the Cardinals might be trying to figure out how they could fall to 1-3 with three home defeats.

A few lingering questions remain on offense.

What kind of team are the Cardinals going to be? Are they going to be the balanced team that won playoff games? It hasn't happened to this point in the season even though Arizona used its first-round choice on Beanie Wells.

A victory is a victory and the Cardinals get credit for finding a way to get one Sunday. Enough questions remain about their identity, however, to justify asking them anyway.

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