Aaron Francisco (Nick Laham/Getty)
The Cardinals’ East Coast road woes continued on Thanksgiving night as they suffered a 48-20 thrashing in Philadelphia. The Eagles dominated all facets of the game and once again shut down an inept Arizona running game in route to a blowout win. Brad Wilbricht breaks down Thursday’s loss and wraps up the action from Lincoln Financial Field.
The Arizona Cardinals experienced their worst defeat since 2003, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 48-20. While the scoreboard accurately indicates what transpired on Thursday night, the box score fortifies Philadelphia’s utter domination.
The Eagles racked up a 32-12 advantage in first downs and held the ball for nearly 39 minutes of the game. Furthermore, they limited the Cardinals to just 3-of-10 on third downs and forced four turnovers on the evening.
While Philadelphia exploded for 185 yards on the ground, Arizona’s running game remains unproductive. The Cardinals managed only 25 yards on 10 carries and starting RB Tim Hightower carried the ball for just seven yards on seven carries. Backup RB J.J. Arrington led the team in rushing with 10 yards while RB Edgerrin James did not receive a carry.
QB Kurt Warner threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns but he was out-of-sync all night. He was picked off three times and completed just 21-of-39 passes. Furthermore, Warner’s QB rating of 65.7 marks his lowest output of the season.
Arizona’s usually tremendous receiving corps did little to help Warner as they dropped several passes throughout the game. WR Anquan Boldin was limited to five receptions for 63 yards, his least productive outing since Week 3 against the Washington Redskins.
WR Larry Fitzgerald’s production was also restricted but he managed to reel in two touchdown grabs. Fitzgerald led the team in receiving, finishing with five receptions for 65 yards. WR Steve Breaston continues to be heavily involved in the offense as he made six catches for 45 yards and a score.
On defense, the Cardinals weren’t much better as they allowed 437 yards a forced only one turnover. Eagles QB Donovan McNabb bounced back from a poor performance last week against the Baltimore Ravens, completing 27-of-39 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns.
QB Donovan McNabb
With Arizona CB Rod Hood out due to injury, McNabb and the Eagles’ receivers took full advantage. Philadelphia converted on 10-of-15 third down attempts and McNabb hooked up on touchdown strikes with three different receivers. WR DeSean Jackson lead the team in receiving with six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Additionally, Hank Baskett and Kevin Curtis both hauled in five passes each.
Brian Westbrook has been dinged up of late but the versatile running back broke out for 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Westbrook added three receptions for 20 yards and two more scores through the air.
Following two straight losses against NFC East opponents, the Cardinals return home next week to host the hapless St. Louis Rams. Despite having a decisive lead in the division, Arizona has plenty to prove over the remainder of the season. Included are matchups against two playoff hopefull teams, the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots in Weeks 15 and 16.
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