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Upon Further Review: Cardinals Week 13

12/2/2013

A review of four hot issues from the Arizona Cardinals’ 24-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Making progress: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't consider Sunday’s ugly performance a step back. It just means there’s different areas to work on.

“There is still a lot of progress,” Arians said. “We lost the game. Progress doesn't [stop] because you lost a game. We won four in a row, that’s a lot of progress, and like I said, we have a big game in the division next week [against the St. Louis Rams] and we’ll come back and hit the practice field.”

When will the Cardinals begin?

“Tomorrow,” Arians said after the game.

Return policy: Sunday wasn't the best day for Patrick Peterson. Of the Eagles’ eight punts, he returned just one for 3 yards, called three fair catches and let the Eagles down the other four. However, they didn't go as smoothly as it seems. One of the punts Peterson let Philly down bounced off Javier Arenas’ shoulder and was recovered by Antoine Cason, who then fumbled his return, which the Eagles recovered. But the Cardinals were reunited with the ball after it was ruled Cason was down. Peterson waved off another return after he claimed he heard the referee blow the play dead from behind him, but the Eagles were flagged for an illegal substitution.

Officially unhappy: Arians wouldn't use it as an excuse, but there was no denying the Cardinals’ unhappiness with the officiating.

“I’ll say this,” Arians said, unprompted. “Refereeing did not determine us losing the football game. We didn't make enough plays.”

But when prodded, Arians said he couldn't reflect on the officiating immediately after the game.

“I’ll watch the tape,” he said. “I don’t make any comments on officials until after I watch the tape. What I see on the JumboTron sometimes doesn't come out from what’s on tape.”

Slow motion: Throughout the week leading up to Sunday’s game, the hottest topic of conversation was about the Cardinals figuring out ways to combat the Eagles’ tempo. Arizona worked specifically on substitution patterns during practice, so it could get the right personnel on the field.

But after the game, the Cardinals weren't impressed with the Eagles’ supposed fast tempo.

“They were faster in practice,” Arians said. “They averaged 25 seconds to call a play. That’s not bad.”

The Eagles entered the game running plays at a league-fast clip of 23 seconds per play.