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Saturday, January 10, 2009
Cardinals providing 'wow' factor early

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

CHARLOTTE -- Lots of "wows" and other expressions of surprise here in the Bank of America Stadium press box.

The Cardinals are passing, running and capitalizing on opportunities early in this game. Larry Fitzgerald has lived up to his reputation as a great jump-ball catcher.

Edgerrin James made a linebacker miss in stretching a screen pass into a 9-yard gain deep in Carolina territory. Just as they did in Week 8, the Cardinals forced and recovered a Jake Delhomme fumble deep in Panthers territory, setting up a touchdown.

Sometimes a road team needs to withstand the opponent's initial rush. The Cardinals have done that. They need to tighten up their tackling and coverage, but if you had told Ken Whisenhunt his team would hold a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, he would have taken it.