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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Cards make QB change while leading 13-3

By Mike Sando

The Arizona Cardinals have benched John Skelton after the quarterback missed a wide-open Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone Sunday.

Skelton entered this game against the Atlanta Falcons needing one interception to tie Ryan Leaf's NFL record for most consecutive games played with at least one pick thrown. Skelton has not been intercepted to this point in the game. However, the Cardinals have only 13 points to show for three picks off Falcons starter Matt Ryan. They lead 13-3.

Skelton has completed 2 of 7 passes for 6 yards. Former starter Kevin Kolb is inactive while recovering from injury. Skelton finished the Cardinals' most recent game, at Green Bay, with a season-high 41.1 Total QBR score. Fifty is average. Skelton entered the game Sunday with a 21.3 score for the season. That ranked 32nd out of 33 qualifying quarterbacks, ahead of only Cleveland's Brandon Weeden (19.9).

Ryan Lindley, a rookie sixth-round draft choice, has never attempted a pass in an NFL regular-season game.