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Monday, October 6, 2008
Around the NFC West: Cardinals rebound


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com explains how the Cardinals carried on without Anquan Boldin, who wasn't at the game. Also, Darnell Dockett predicts a "bloodbath" when the Cowboys visit the Cardinals in Week 6.

Also from Urban: Adrian Wilson didn't play much against the Bills, but he made a big difference, notably by knocking Buffalo's Trent Edwards from the game early. Gabe Watson, J.J. Arrington and Tim Castille also made significant contributions after missing time with injuries.

More from Urban: The Cardinals are tough to beat at home, where they have outscored opponents by a 72-27 count this season.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic credits Kurt Warner for taking ball security seriously after a six-turnover showing against the Jets.

Also from Bickley: Arizona took control after the Bills jumped offside on a field-goal attempt. The penalty produced a first down. Arizona scored a touchdown for a 31-17 lead.

Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals weren't expecting Wilson to play. Cornerback Eric Green was surprised to see Wilson dressing for the game.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic assesses what Watson, Arrington and Early Doucet offered the Cardinals. Doucet, a rookie third-round choice, caught six passes. Three of his receptions turned third downs into first downs. Also, Dockett loved seeing Seattle lose.

Also from Somers: Give the Cardinals' offensive line credit for bouncing back after a rough outing against the Jets.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are 8-2 at home under coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals should do whatever it takes to avoid playing road games, even if they have to "refuse to fly on the grounds they're an eco-friendly franchise."

Also from Tulumello: Wilson, mindful of Boldin's injury last week, immediately called medical personnel to help Edwards after knocking the Bills' quarterback from the game.

Mark Heller of the East Valley Tribune assesses the Cardinals' depth at receiver. Steve Breaston has 16 catches for 199 yards over the last two games.