Indicators Point to Hot Streak for Warner

Kurt Warner (Getty)

The Arizona Cardinals lean heavily on the veteran leadership of QB Kurt Warner. But the team wasn't without hiccups, even with the possible Future Hall of Fame signal caller. But Warner and team corrected course and are aimed for their second straight divisional title and a hot streak to finish the season.

Quarterback Kurt Warner has been sharp in the four games since an awful outing in a loss to the Panthers.

Warner had five interceptions that day, when the Cardinals had to attempt 46 passes in an effort to mount a comeback.

The only thing that's stopped Warner since is a concussion, which kept him out against Tennessee. In the four games he's played since, Warner has thrown for 12 touchdowns and hasn't been intercepted. He's completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards.

Warner has been aided by overall offensive improvement. Receiver Anquan Boldin is healthy after struggling the first half of the year with hamstring and ankle injuries.

The offensive line play has improved, and the running game has been productive over the past month.

That's given the Cardinals additional weapons and taken some pressure off Warner. Over the past few years, Warner has felt if he played a poor game, the team had no chance of winning.

That no longer appears to be true, but obviously their chances of success are much higher when he's as sharp as he's been the past month.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--QB Kurt Warner is healthy and taking all the snaps in practice this week. Warner had been limited by a concussion suffered against the Rams on Nov. 22. He played last week and suffered a hip pointer. Neither injury is expected to keep him out of this Monday night's game against the 49ers.

--LT Mike Gandy is practicing on a limited basis and is expected to be active for Monday night's game against the 49ers. Jeremy Bridges could remain as the starter, however, with Gandy's time limited. Gandy has been struggling through a pelvic injury.

--DE Kenny Iwebema missed practice Thursday with a sprained shoulder but is expected to play Monday night against the 49ers.

--LB Karlos Dansby is playing with two injured shoulders but he hasn't missed a game this year. Dansby is expected to play against the 49ers.

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