Week 9: Cardinals connection

Originally Published: November 8, 2009
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STUDS

Kurt Warner

Warner

Kurt Warner: A week after one of the worst performances of his career (six turnovers), Warner bounced back in a big way against the Bears. Warner matched a career high with five touchdown passes as the Cardinals rolled to a 41-21 victory. Warner, who finished with 261 yards, had TD passes on Arizona's first four possessions.


Larry Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald: Warner's main target on Sunday? Fitzgerald, who delivered his most productive game of the season. Fitzgerald, routinely getting open against Bears CB Charles Tillman, caught nine passes for 123 yards. He had TD catches of 11 and 17 yards, both in Arizona's 34-point first half.


Randy Moss

Moss

Randy Moss: Moss caught six passes for 147 yards, including a pair of highlight-reel grabs, in the Patriots' 27-17 victory over Miami. Moss set up the Patriots' first touchdown with a one-handed, 36-yard reception at the Dolphins' 1-yard line. Late in the third quarter, Moss scored on a 71-yard play after catching the ball about 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage and outrunning the Dolphins' defense.


Michael Turner

Turner

Michael Turner: Relatively slow out of the box this season, Turner has returned to his 2008 form over the past two weeks. Coming off a Monday night loss in which he ran for 151 yards, Turner turned in a 166-yard, two-TD performance (on only 18 carries) in Atlanta's 31-17 victory over the Redskins. Turner's 58-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter sealed the Falcons' victory.


Josh Freeman

Freeman

Josh Freeman: In his first pro start, Freeman passed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, including a 7-yarder to Sammie Stroughter on fourth-and-4, leading the previously winless Bucs to a 38-28 victory over the Packers. Freeman's impressive play helped Tampa Bay snap an 11-game losing streak, dating back to last season.


Chris Johnson

Johnson

Chris Johnson: The Titans have won two straight, thanks in large part to Johnson. A week after rushing for 228 yards and two TDs, Johnson had 135 yards and two TDs on 25 carries in Tennessee's 34-27 victory over the 49ers. Johnson's 2-yard TD run with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter gave Tennessee the lead for good.


Dallas Clark

Clark

Dallas Clark: Clark had a career-high 14 receptions for 119 yards in the Colts' 20-17 victory over Houston. Clark's previous career best for catches was 12, which came in Week 15 of last season.




DUDS

Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers: The hits keep on coming for the Packers' beleaguered QB. Rodgers threw three interceptions in the Packers' loss at Tampa Bay, including one that was returned for a TD in the final minute. Rodgers was also sacked six times, hiking his league-leading total to 37.


Ryan Moats

Moats

Ryan Moats: A stud in Week 8, Moats didn't enjoy the same success in Week 9. Moats rushed for only 38 yards on 16 carries (a 2.4-yard average) in Houston's loss to the Colts. Moats also lost a fumble, but he did catch a 1-yard TD pass that gave the Texans a short-lived fourth-quarter lead.


DeAngelo Hall

Hall

DeAngelo Hall: The Redskins' cornerback did a lot of talking heading into Week 9, and was looking for a big performance against his former team. Unfortunately for Hall, the Falcons got the last word. Hall had only two tackles and was burned by Turner during the decisive play of the game -- Turner's 58-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Hall also was the key figure in a melee in the Atlanta sideline after teammate Laron Landry was called for a late hit on Atlanta QB Matt Ryan.


Giants

Giants

The Giants: The Giants enter their bye week in crisis mode after dropping their fourth straight game -- a 21-20 loss to the Chargers. New York outgained San Diego, had fewer turnovers and won the time-of-possession battle, but lost the game when it allowed a Philip Rivers-to-Vincent Jackson TD pass with 21 seconds left.