Arizona needs to shore up several areas on both sides of the ball, starting this week against the…
Fitzgerald moving up team list in touchdowns
Fitzgerald didn't catch a pass in the second half last week and was targeted just one time. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the problem was not making the Seahawks pay a price for doubling Fitzgerald. There were other receivers open, he said. "Had we executed what was there," Whisenhunt said, "we probably wouldn't be having that discussion. Obviously if it gets to the point where we don't feel like we're getting the ball to Larry, we're certainly going to try and do it."
--FS Kerry Rhodes is expected to play his 100th consecutive game on Sunday, second most among active safeties.
--CB/PR Patrick Peterson has a considerable amount of freedom in making decisions on punt returns, especially for a rookie. Peterson returned a punt for a touchdown in the first game of the season, and coach Ken Whisenhunt wanted to see him return an interception before the end of the half last week. Strong safety Adrian Wilson advised Peterson to take a knee.
"I went to Patrick and said in that situation, when it's their offense on the field, try to keep that play alive because you have the ability and a much better chance of running around and have something positive happen for us against an offense as opposed to a coverage team," Whisenhunt said. "But once again with a young player, that's something you learn from."
BY THE NUMBERS: 14 -- That's the number of times in 23 seasons in Arizona the Cardinals have been 1-3 or worse after four games. In Whisenhunt's four seasons previous seasons, they started at least 2-2.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're a couple plays away from being 3-0, but guess what? We're one play away from being 0-3, too. This game comes down to that. It's an inch in this league, and you better be willing to go get that inch." -- Quarterback Kevin Kolb.
SERIES HISTORY: 124th regular-season meeting. Giants lead series, 79-42-2. The Cardinals won the last meeting, 24-17, in New York. The Cardinals have played the Giants more times than any other team. Between 1950 and 2001, they played twice a year most seasons as members of the NFC East. In 2009, Larry Fitzgerald hurt the Giants with six catches for 83 yards, including two long catches that set up a touchdown. Much has changed for the Cardinals since then. Kurt Warner retired, and the Cardinals have been rebuilt.
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