By The Numbers: Arizona Topples Powerhouse
Arizona Cardinals celebrate win over Dallas
Arizona Cardinals celebrate win over Dallas

Posted Oct 13, 2008

The Arizona Cardinals sit alone in first place of the NFC West for the second week in a row. They have now separated themselves from the San Francisco 49ers by two games. Arizona stands among the elite in the NFC as no other conference team has more wins than the Cardinals with four. League-wide only the Tennessee Titans (5-0) have more victories. Here is a look at Sunday’s numbers.

The Arizona Cardinals attempted to downplay the magnitude of Sunday’s game, but everyone understood what they were up against. The Cowboys came to town with a swagger and left with a broken phalange (Tony Romo). He will be out for four weeks as he was beat up by the Cardinals defense.

Romo’s play making ability will be missed by the Cowboys, but the story for Arizona is that they won (30-24 in overtime) when most doubted their sustainability. Sean Morey is the man to pat on the back for blocking an overtime punt that LB Monty Beisel ran in for a 3-yard touchdown. Morey’s blocked punt in the Cardinals win marked the first time in league regular season history that a game has ended on a touchdown off of a blocked punt.

Another big-time first was the Cardinals ability to score both on the first and last plays of the games (J.J. Arrington and Beisel), a milestone that hasn’t happened since at least the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

For Morey, his contributions on special teams have been dually noted. In September 2007, Morey blocked a punt in a Cardinals jersey as well.

On the flip side, the Cowboys’ Mat McBriar suffered his first blocked punt of his career.

All of this and more adds up to the Cardinals heading into their bye with a 4-2 record, which celebrates the second time since the bye week began in 1990 that Arizona have held a winning record heading into their break (3-2 in 2002).

A fact that made merry in front of the Cardinals 25th consecutive sellout at University of Phoenix Stadium. Ken Whisenhunt keeps piling up the big numbers as well. The victory over Dallas gives Arizona a 9-2 record under their sophomore coach.

Bird Briefs

--Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor each came up with a sack and a forced fumble on Sunday. Berry has a sack in all four games he’s appeared in this year. Okeafor has three sacks in six weeks.

--Antonio Smith has yet to earn a sack, but he has three fumble recoveries on the year, which leads all defenders in the league.

--Steve Breaston registered his first receiving touchdown of his career on an 11-yard catch from Kurt Warner in the fourth quarter.

--Kurt Warner is setting all kinds of records, which includes his second straight passer rating of 100.0+ and third of the season.

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