Anderson's toughness showing in Arizona

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QB Derek Anderson proved his toughness in Week 1 but can he be consistent?

Quarterback Derek Anderson was tough and resilient in the Cardinals' victory over the Rams last week in the season opener.

What he was not, however, was accurate. And if Anderson doesn't improve, the Cardinals are not going to be nearly as explosive as they have been in the past.

The Rams might have given other teams a template for playing the Cardinals. They blitzed constantly, making sure to bring more rushers than the Cardinals could block.

In those instances, Anderson has to throw accurately to his hot receiver. He failed at that numerous times in the opener, especially when he tried to hit Larry Fitzgerald.

Anderson targeted Fitzgerald 15 times but completed only three passes to the All-Pro receiver.

"I missed some throws, some easy ones I've got to make," Anderson said. "I have to be better. I missed some chip shots. It was like missing a 4-foot birdie (putt) on a few of them."

Everyone connected with the Cardinals blamed that on Anderson's lack of work with Fitzgerald. Anderson was named the starter with two preseason games remaining, and Fitzgerald was out at the time with a knee sprain.

The two haven't worked much together, and certainly didn't seem to be in the same area code in the season opener.

"We're going to be good," Anderson said this week when asked about throwing to Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald estimates he's about 75 percent now, more than a month since suffering a sprained MCL in the preseason opener.

Fitzgerald is expected to improve, but it's questionable if Anderson's accuracy will. In six previous NFL seasons, Anderson completed only 53 percent of his passes.

He has a strong arm but lacks touch, and that's required at times to get the ball to Fitzgerald, who excels on fade routes and in beating press coverage.

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