Rapid Reaction: Jets 56, Cardinals 35

September, 28, 2008
9/28/08
4:40
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Anquan Boldin's injury sapped the meaning from the defeat while refocusing the Cardinals' thoughts on what matters most.

Medical personnel removed Boldin from the field on a stretcher with 27 seconds remaining. There was no immediate word on the receiver's condition. He did not appear conscious after absorbing a devastating double hit, one in the back of the head and the other in the front.

The game's previous 59 minutes put on hold any talk about a more disciplined Kurt Warner leading a renewed Cardinals team to prominence.

Warner reverted to his old, careless form at the Meadowlands. His teammates followed along. They never quit, rallying back with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter, but fundamentally sound teams don't face 34-0 deficits in the first half.

The Cardinals looked like just another inconsistent team in the weak NFC West. Arizona stared 3-1 in the face and came away looking like a team that could easily find itself 2-4. Buffalo and Dallas are next up on the schedule.

The Cardinals watched Brett Favre toss six touchdown passes, but Favre couldn't have done it without Warner repeatedly handing the ball back to him.

The solution is the same as it's always been for Arizona with Warner at quarterback. The Cardinals need him to protect the football. When he does, the Cardinals can beat most teams. When he does not, the rest of the team also seems to revisit its undisciplined ways.

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