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Silver linings: Cardinals at Falcons

The facts: The Cardinals fell to 1-1 with a 41-7 road defeat to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Tim Hightower's 80-yard touchdown run showed -- again -- that he has deceptive speed. The run was the Cardinals' longest since 1958. Hightower had a 70-yarder against New Orleans in the playoffs last season. His run against the Falcons was the third-longest in team history. John David Crow had an 83-yarder in 1958. Elmer Angsman had an 82-yarder in 1949. Paddy Driscoll had an 80-yarder in 1925.

  • Larry Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 83 yards after Derek Anderson had trouble getting the ball to him in Week 1. Fitzgerald has 10 receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown through two games. He had 10 receptions for 105 yards and two scores through two games last season.

  • Rookie quarterback Max Hall did not play well enough in garbage time to encourage a quarterback controversy. It's still a little early to head down that road. Anderson still appears to be the best option and that's good for the team this early in the season.

  • The Cardinals did not lose a fumble, an improvement from Week 1, when they lost four.

  • Rookie Daryl Washington made 10 tackles.

  • Veteran linebacker Clark Haggans appeared active, particularly early in the game. He finished with four tackles, one sack and a pass defensed.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals face the Oakland Raiders in the home opener for Arizona.