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Monday, November 24, 2008
Around the NFC West: Cardinals move on


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals' defeat was no cause for discouragement, and there wasn't any from coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says there was no mystery behind the Cardinals' defeat to the Giants. Turnovers and field position played decisive roles.

Also from Somers: Rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie continues to improve. Eric Green? Not so much.

More from Somers: The Cardinals think their ground game is close to producing. Their run defense against the Giants was top notch.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals should have been able to win at home after the Giants lost Brandon Jacobs and Plaxico Burress to injuries, but their inability to do so wasn't particularly troubling.

Also from Bickley: Ralph Brown's inability to field a perfect onside kick stood out as a key play. Brown admitted to taking his eyes off the ball as the Giants converged on him.

Somers and Richard Obert dissect Neil Rackers' free kick. Also, Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson has a shoulder injury of unknown severity.

Also from Obert: The Giants' backups came through against the Cardinals.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says there wasn't much new to learn from the Cardinals' defeat.

Also from Urban: A look at the Cardinals' special-teams problems.

More from Urban: Wilson says the Cardinals are past moral victories. Playing the Giants tough wasn't anything to celebrate.

And this from Urban: Do the Cardinals miss Tim Hightower on special teams? It's looking that way.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says Eli Manning might make a better MVP candidate than Kurt Warner after the Giants' quarterback tossed three touchdown passes.

Kyle Odegard of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals were generous hosts, supplying the Giants with everything they needed for a 37-29 victory.