Found September 24, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Tampa_bay_buccaneers_1e32
Arizona's defense battered Michael Vick all day - knocking him to the turf, stripping the ball from his hands. Kevin Kolb was sharp from the start, reconnecting with Larry Fitzgerald while winging passes all over the field. The Cardinals may have been far from perfect, but they played well enough to keep their record that way. Kolb threw a pair of touchdown passes and James Sanders returned one of Vick's two fumbles for a 93-yard touchdown, lifting the Cardinals to a 27-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday for Arizona's best start in 38 years. ''We've played well, but we haven't played out best,'' said Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, whose sack on Vick set up Sanders' fumble return on the last play of the first half. ''That just shows how good this team plays together.'' Kolb was sharp in his first start against his former team, throwing for 222 yards on 17-of-24 passing. He guided the Cardinals to a 24-0 halftime lead, in part, by reconnecting with Fitzgerald, who had one catch against New England last week. The guest conductor for the Phoenix Symphony on Thursday, Fitzgerald kept the high notes going by catching nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown while becoming the youngest player in NFL history to reach 700 receptions. Adding to Kolb's satisfaction was the way Arizona's defense played against the man who pushed him out of Philly. Harassing Vick from the opening snap, the Cardinals hit him hard and often, sacking him five times and knocking him to the ground at least a dozen times. Backing up a big road win against the Patriots with a dominating victory over the Eagles, the Cardinals (3-0) are off to their best start since 1974, more than a dozen years before the team moved to the desert. They've also won seven straight home games, the second-longest streak in franchise history, and have won 10 of 12 dating to the end of last season. ''I'm going to enjoy it, don't get me wrong, but the biggest thing is being 3-0,'' Kolb said. ''Being 3-0 with the teams that we've played and the fashion that we've won, it's been exciting.'' The Eagles' season had been, too - until they ran into Kolb and his Cardinals. Philadelphia (2-1) became the first NFL team to open a season with two one-point wins. The Eagles didn't give themselves a chance to rally for another victory. The NFL's best offense the first two games, the Eagles had three turnovers, running their season total to 12, and labored all day against the scrappy Cardinals, unable to keep them off Vick. ''They played better than we did, clearly better,'' Eagles coach Andy Reid said. ''They coached better, they played better and that is my responsibility. I didn't have my football team ready to play and they did.'' After three years of waiting behind Donovan McNabb, Kolb was pushed aside when Vick made his triumphant return to the NFL. Even after being traded to Arizona and landing a huge contract extension, Kolb still had to fight for recognition. He lost a tight preseason battle with John Skelton, but came off the bench in the opener against Seattle when Skelton sprained his right ankle. Kolb took the Cardinals on the winning drive and was steady enough last week to lead them to one of their biggest road victories in recent years, 20-18 over the Patriots. Skelton returned to practice late this week, but was limited and couldn't go Sunday. Kolb made the most of his opportunity. He completed all three of his throws on Arizona's opening drive to set up Jay Feely's 16th straight field goal, from 47 yards. After the Cardinals recovered a fumble by Eagles punt returner Damaris Johnson, Kolb threw an 8-yard TD pass to Michael Floyd, who made his first NFL catch a memorable one by juggling the ball through two Philadelphia defenders. Kolb kept clicking in the second quarter, throwing a 37-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald that put the Cardinals up 17-0. He also helped Fitzgerald reach a big milestone in the quarter, hitting him on a 4-yard pass to reach 700 receptions in 29 years and 23 days and eclipse Dallas tight end Jason Witten, who became the youngest last week at 30 years and 133 days. Arizona's offense bogged down in the second half - 28 yards in the third quarter - but ground the game away with a time-consuming, 13-play drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in a 27-yard field goal by Feely for a 27-6 lead. Vick finished with 217 yards on 17-of-37 passing after entering the game second in the NFL with 688 yards. ''I wish I had all the answers right now,'' Vick said. ''The only thing I can tell you is we didn't play our best - nowhere near what we have potential to do.'' NOTES: Arizona has at least two sacks in nine straight games, the longest current streak in the NFL. ... Philadelphia played without WR Jeremy Maclin (hip) and LT King Dunlap (hamstring). ... LaSean McCoy was Philadelphia's leading rusher with 70 yards on 13 carries. ... Arizona also won seven straight home games from 2007-08 and set the franchise record with nine straight in 1925. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Philadelphia Eagles Week 3 WTF and WTG Awards

Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles took a beating at the hands of Kevin Kolb and the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, losing 27-6.  Vick was especially beat-up as he took numerous hits throughout the game, including 5 sacks. ESPN stats shows the Cardinals defense getting 13 “QB hits” but that can’t be right, the number must be much higher.  Vick easily took somewhere...

Eagles, Vick beaten up 27-6 by Cardinals

Michael Vick was knocked into Arizona's bench on his first play and flattened in the pocket later in the series. His day never got any better. Harassed all game by Arizona's attacking defense, Vick was sacked five times and had one of his two fumbles returned for a 93-yard touchdown in the Philadelphia Eagles' 27-6 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. ''I wish...

Michael Vick Fumbles Away Scoring Opportunity, James Sanders Scoops It Up For Touchdown (Video)

It's time to believe in the Arizona Cardinals, this team is for real. With six seconds left in the first half, Michael Vick dropped back to attempt a throw into the end zone. That's when Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes dropped by and said, "No way," hitting Vick on his blind side and forcing a fumble. Former Patriots safety James Sanders scooped the ball up and took...

Eagles stick with Vick 'right now' but will evaluate

Eagles coach Andy Reid isn't benching Michael Vick, but he subtly put his starting quarterback on notice Monday. "Right now," Reid said. "We're going with Michael. We'll evaluate as we go." Reid has been here before, and his most recent history of quarterback changes might not make it easy for Vick to rest Monday evening. On Monday, Sept. 21...

Philadelphia Eagles: Making The Case For Michael Vick

The Eagles put on their worst performance in recent memory on Sunday afternoon when they got torn apart by the Arizona Cardinals. With a final score of 27-6, there were many questions that need answering, but perhaps no bigger than the performance of quarterback Michael Vick and if it will effect his role as the number one QB. When asked about a change of QB, head coach Andy Reid...

Protecting Vick and the ball, Eagles will win in Arizona

Brent Celek key weapon in Eagles offense The Eagles/Cardinals game in Arizona will be a huge test for the Eagles and the new offensive line. The Cardinals defensive front seven is one of the stronger groups in the NFL and will attempt to control the game at the line, blitzing often. Dallas Reynolds and Demstress Bell will be starting in place of injured starters Jason Kelce and King...

(Video) Kerry Rhodes helped Michael Vick and the Eagles demonstrate 'Cluster F*ck' in under 6 seconds

6 seconds to go in the half. Philadelphia Eagles on the 1-yard-line, down 17-0 against the Arizona Cardinals. Kerry Rhodes introduced himself to Michael Vick and the rest, as they say, was history.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com

Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Foles Should Be Starting QB

As I said in my last article, the Eagles put on their worst performance in recent memory on Sunday afternoon when they got torn apart by the Arizona Cardinals. With a final score of 27-6, there were many questions that need answering, but perhaps no bigger than the performance of quarterback Michael Vick and if it will effect his role as the No. 1 quarterback.When asked about a...

Thank you, Cardinals, for pointing out areas we need to improve upon...Arizona 27, Eagles 6...

The good news is, it's still September, and the Eagles are 2-1...The better news is, our Eagles just got a diagnostic check-up after losing badly to a team which they dominate on paper... and the results pointed directly to the parts of the engine which need either fine-tuning or replacement.A dagger of a TD reception by Larry Fitzgerald in the 1st half... it seemed to be a predictable...

Andy Reid: "Michael is our quarterback, period”

Earlier today Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid made it sound like quarterback Michael Vick is danger of losing his starting job. According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Reid was on WIP Radio in Philly and now says that Vick is their quarterback “period.” “Michael is our quarterback, period,” Reid said “Michael is our quarterback, period period period.” I don’t...

Is it Arizona's turn out West, again?

After defeating his old team, Kevin Kolb helped the Arizona Cardinals advance to 3-0 on the season—something that hasn’t happened since 1974, before the team was even in Arizona. With thousands of fans celebrating after the game, Glendale was buzzing; the energy was contagious. Despite all of this, during the postgame conference, head coach Ken Whisenhunt said, “We...

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals: What to Watch For

Jamie Squire / Getty Images There will be plenty of things to look out for when the 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles hook up with the undefeated Arizona Cardinals in their Week 3 NFL matchup. The story lines are aplenty, especially with ex-Eagle, Kevin Kolb, getting his first start against his former team.  But in order to ensure that their former signal-caller doesn’t put a blemish on...

NFL Rumors: Cardinals Close To Trading Larry Fitzgerald To Eagles?

When the Arizona Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Larry Fitzgerald will be catching passes from Kevin Kolb for the home team. But the former Pittsburgh Panthers standout wide receiver says he was very close to doing the same for the Eagles. Ironically enough, Fitzgerald could have even been catching balls from Kolb with Philadelphia, had things gone down a bit differently...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.