Raising Arizona: What Will It Take to Ignite the Cardinals Offense?

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Published: September 19, 2009

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... of the ball that will need to be addressed if they plan on playing deep into January.


Running the ball

Sure, it was nice to see second-year RB Tim Hightower grab 12 receptions for 121 yards last week. It reminded many of us of Larry Centers, the former Cards fan favorite that set running-back reception records in the mid-90s.

However, there has to be more from the RB position than receptions. They actually have to run the ball! And herein lies the problem.

A notoriously lousy running team, the Cardinals showed last week why improvement in that area is a must for this team.

Sure, they have their aerial attack. But with nagging injuries to No. 2 Anquan Boldin and No. 3 Steve Breaston, the results speak for themselves.

Last week, the running game started to perk up when rookie Chris "Beanie" Wells was inserted in the third quarter. But for reasons known only to themselves, the coaches abandoned it af...

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