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Monday, September 24, 2012
Around the NFC West: Kolb, Cards at 3-0

By Mike Sando

The beating Arizona's defense put on Philadelphia's Michael Vick was, in my view, the dominant theme from the Cardinals' 27-6 victory over the Eagles in Week 3.

Five sacks and 13 quarterback hits were key.

But the Kevin Kolb angle was arguably more significant in the bigger picture.

We already knew the Cardinals were looking tough on defense. We also knew Kolb had made strides in reducing turnovers over the first two games. But we hadn't seen Kolb produce over a full game, avoid turnovers and stay healthy to the degree he did Sunday.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Kolb knows better than to let his excitement get the better of him. Kolb on what the last few weeks have been like for him: "I'm going to put it into words in the offseason, and hopefully that comes with a ring and a lot of wins. I don't even want to think about it right now. I've done that in the past, tried to foresee the future and every time it comes up and knocks my legs out from underneath me. I'm just going to stay humble and keep working, just like the team is."

Also from Somers: his weekly postgame spread, featuring notes and thoughts from the Cardinals' victory. Somers: "Rob Housler showed a glimpse of why coaches are hopeful about his future. He made a one-handed grab for a first down. Housler played more because of Todd Heap's injury, often flexing out to a receiver's position."

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic notes that Kolb completed all nine pass attempts when targeting Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald on reaching 700 receptions: "Jerry Rice had 1,400 catches (actually 1,549). I'm not even halfway there so that kind if puts it into perspective for me."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com offers post game notes, including one recognizing Kerry Rhodes for an outstanding game. Urban: "Rhodes has had two excellent games in a row. Played well in New England, and then today he looked like, since Adrian Wilson was sitting out, he was going to suddenly take up the mantle as the guy who drilled everyone. He did it back-to-back plays on tight end Brent Celek, and later tagged Vick for the James Sanders fumble return."

Also from Urban: various Cardinals notes, plus a video showing James Sanders' pivotal fumble return for a touchdown.

Josh Weinfuss of azcardinals.com checks in with Ryan Williams following the second-year running back's bounceback performance. After fumbling in each of the Cardinals' first two games, Williams carried a football while running on the treadmill this past week, alternating hands every couple minutes.

Also from Weinfuss: Michael Floyd's touchdown catch gave the rookie something to show for his first few games. Floyd: "Good concentration by me. It feels great. I’m excited, my team is excited for me. I’m not just out there, I finally did something I feel like. I’m feeling good about myself."