Cardinals: Week 4 News & Notes

Derek Anderson (Getty)

The Cardinals' streak of avoiding back-to-back losses is on the line in San Diego. Can they pull the upset on the Chargers' home turf?

--The Cardinals have not lost consecutive games since late in the 2008 season. They have won their last six games following a loss. "I'd prefer we did not have the losses that make us bounce back," coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "but I can't say enough about our teams and how they do respond to that."

--RB Beanie Wells was impressive last week in his season debut, gaining 75 yards on 14 carries. Wells missed the first two games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. "It responded well, and it felt good to be back out there on the field, running around," he said. "I didn't get a lot of work, but I plan on increasing it as the weeks come.

--A good portion of the crowd at last week's home game against the Raiders was wearing silver and black. That didn't sit well with many of the players. "I don't ever want to see that again," running back Tim Hightower said. "I'd rather have the stadium half filled than half of it filled with silver and black."

--OLB Joey Porter recorded his first sack with the team last week.

--ILB Paris Lenon had a sack and an interception in one game for the first time in his career.

--QB Derek Anderson has completed 52 percent of his passes this season and is about 35 percent when throwing to Fitzgerald. That has to improve if the Cardinals will make a third consecutive playoff appearance.

--RB Tim Hightower remains the starter but he will receive fewer carries than Beanie Wells, as long as Wells remains in good health. Hightower does have big-play ability, having scored from 70 yards and 80 yards out in his last four games.

--RB Beanie Wells looked fully recovered last week from knee surgery, gaining 75 yards on 14 carries in the victory over the Raiders. Wells looked fast and quick and should carry the ball 15 to 20 times a game.

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling is a dynamic kick returner who took one back 102 yards last week. He also plays on some third downs and is dangerous when he is isolated on linebackers and defensive backs.

--WR Steve Breaston is out for at least two games after undergoing knee surgery last Tuesday. The hope is that Breaston will return on Oct. 24, after the bye.

--WR Stephen Williams drew two pass interference calls last week, and he has the size and speed to continue to be a deep threat.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald isn't fully recovered from a knee sprain, but he looks better than he did in Week 1. Derek Anderson is having trouble getting the ball to Fitzgerald, who had two catches last week.

--PK Jay Feely has a strong leg and barely missed from 54 yards out two weeks ago in Atlanta. Feely made his two other field-goal attempts this season.

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