AZ Cardinals Playoff Picture Becomes Clear

J.J. Arrington (Nick Laham/Getty)

Arizona did nothing to dispel the notion that its success this season is largely due to playing in the NFC West, perhaps the worst division. Arizona, 7-5 overall, is 4-0 in the division and can clinch the title with one more win or a loss by the 49ers. Even though they AZ win their first division title since 1975, the Cardinals have given no indication it would do much damage in the playoffs.

The Cardinals will play at least their first playoff game at home, but this club has a hard time playing on road. So far this season the Cardinals have lost at Philadelphia, Carolina, Washington and the Jets.

Their only road wins have been within the division.

The Cardinals wanted to beat the Eagles in order to not only clinch the division but to begin to position themselves for a possible bye in the playoffs.

That seems unlikely now, and at least one player thinks the club should stop thinking so far down the road.

"You win games, everything else pretty much takes care of itself," free safety Antrel Rolle said. "I think that's what we got to get back to. Instead of having our eye on the big picture, we need to take care of the little picture first."

NOTES, QUOTES

-- The Cardinals could clinch their first division title since 1975 if the 49ers lose at Buffalo on Sunday. If the 49ers win, the Cardinals could clinch with one more victory or one more 49ers loss.

-- The Cardinals have given up 26 touchdown passes this season, the most in the NFL.

--QB Kurt Warner had three interceptions against the Eagles. It was the first time he had more than one interception in a game since Sept. 28 against the Jets.

-- The best thing about Thursday night's game for the Cardinals is that the game wasn't shown on a major network.

"Not a whole lot of people get the NFL Network," Cardinals defensive lineman Bryan Robinson said. "That's the good thing about it."

-- WR Anquan Boldin played what he called the worst game of his NFL career. He dropped two passes and lost a fumble.

"It's probably the worst game I've ever had," Boldin said. "I've never played like this. There's no excuse for it. I blame myself for this loss, completely. I'm too much a part of this offense to not come out and perform every week."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--CB Rod Hood (rib) should be able to return to play against the Rams on Dec. 7.

--CB Ralph Brown started in place of the injured Rod Hood, which was a surprise. Eric Green had been the backup but he has been struggling in recent weeks.

--OLB Clark Haggans is expected to return for the Rams game after missing two games because of a sprained foot. Haggans is a backup but he is one of the team's best pass rushers.

-RB Edgerrin James didn't play a snap in Philadelphia for the second time this season. Rookie Tim Hightower, who has assumed the starting job, had just seven yards on seven carries.

--WR Anquan Boldin played what he called his worst NFL game in Philadelphia. Boldin dropped two passes, including a touchdown pass, and lost a fumble.

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