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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 4
September 24, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM Bye Week:
ARZ at STL KC at BAL ATL at CAR *IND at NO Miami
TEN at PIT *NE at WAS DAL at NYJ Mon 9 PM NY Giants
CIN at CLE *PHI at BUF *DET at DEN *GB at CHI Seattle
JAX at HOU *SF at MIN *SD at OAK *updated Tampa Bay
   
Arizona vs St. Louis Sun, Sep 28; 1 PM on FOX at Edward Jones Dome
  Arizona Rush Catch Pass
QB Jeff Blake 20 0 250,2
RB Emmitt Smith 70 10 0
RB Marcel Shipp 10 0 0
TE Freddie Jones 0 40,1 0
WR Bryant Johnson 0 60 0
WR Anquan Boldin 0 100,1 0
  St. Louis Rush Catch Pass
QB Marc Bulger 0 0 300,3
RB Lamar Gordon 80,1 30 0
TE Cam Cleeland 0 10 0
WR Isaac Bruce 0 90,1 0
WR Torry Holt 0 110,1 0
WR Dane Looker 0 30,1 0

Game Prediction: ARZ 14, STL 31

The Cardinals come off a thrilling win over the sweating Packers who could not stand the heat nor the Arizona secondary for all four quarters.

Jeff Blake threw for 273 yards and one touchdown in his return from the heel injury that forced him from the Seattle game. Anquan Boldin had five grabs for 99 yards in the game and is locked down in the spot regardless of how well Larry Foster recuperates. With Bryan Gilmore as the other phantom starting receiver that never plays, Bryant Johnson took his place and turned in a nice six catch, 86 yard day.

By the time Larry Foster and Bryan Gilmore are able to play, they will probably become familiar with the name of Wally Pip. Lose a starting job because of injury? Why not when their replacements include the hottest rookie receiver to ever start a season?

While Emmitt Smith may be getting older, he still gained 50 yards on 20 carries in the blistering heat while Marcel Shipp (7-24) continues to supply nothing more than an occasional change of pace.

With the win, the Cardinals are now tied for second in the division but that also means that they are in a three way tie for the cellar. Perhaps the heat did in the Packers or maybe it was that the Cardinals are improving. More than likely, it was that the motivated Cardinals met the unmotivated Packers on a very hot day and managed to take the all too rare win.

The Rams fall to 1-2 on a heartbreaking loss to the Seahawks that ruins the notion that Bulger always wins his games.

St. Louis actually led 23-10 starting the fourth quarter but allowed Matt Hasselbeck to get hot and score twice to take the win in the final minute.

Marc Bulger threw for only 226 yards and one touchdown but added a rushing score to balance out the fact he tossed two interceptions. He threw for 21 of 34 and most importantly made Kurt Warner seem even more like old news. Bulger is an equal opportunity employer as well. In two games as a starter, he has split throws between Isaac Bruce (11-132, 1 TD) and Torry Holt (11-132, 1 TD).

The story in the game was the loss of Marshall Faulk for the next month or more after breaking the fourth and fifth metacarpal bones in his left hand. He'll be replaced by Lamar Gordon who now looks like a much shrewder fantasy draft pick than a week ago. Gordon ran for 41 yards on eight carries against the Seahawks and added four catches for 25 yards in his best impression of Faulk.

While Bulger may have only started eight games in his career, this week will be his third meeting with Arizona. Look for Lamar Gordon to have a good rushing game while Marc Bulger racks up some good yardage to keep his stats high after last weeks lesser effort. The Cardinals are still giddy about their win but they were swept by the Rams last season and there is no chance of St. Louis wanting to go into their week five bye at 1-3.

ARZ
STL
2003 Averages
STL
ARZ
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
280
227
Pass yards
268
205
1.3
1.3
Pass TDs
1.3
2.0
2.0
1.0
Interceptions
1.0
0.3
17
15
Rush yards
1
0
0.3
0.0
Rush TDs
0.3
0.3
----
----
RB's
----
----
76
115
Rush yards
63
86
0.0
0.7
Rush TDs
0.3
0.3
17
30
Receive yards
39
70
0.3
0.0
Receive TD's
0.0
0.3
----
----
WR's
----
----
216
162
Receive yards
211
106
0.7
1.3
Receive TD's
1.3
1.7
----
----
TE's
----
----
47
35
Receive yards
18
28
0.3
0.0
Receive TD's
0.0
0.3
----
----
PK's
----
----
1.0
1.3
Field Goals
2.0
1.0
1.7
3.0
Extra Points
2.0
4.3
----
----
DEF/ST
----
----
0.3
2.7
Fumbles
0.0
1.0
0.3
1.0
Interceptions
1.3
2.3
0.0
2.3
Touchdowns
0.0
1.0
0.3
2.0
Sacks
2.0
1.3
0.0
0.0
Safeties
0.0
0.0
Cardinals (1-2)
Score Opp.
24-42 @DET
0-38 SEA
20-13 GB
Week 4 @STL
Week 5 @DAL
Week 6 BAL
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 SF
Week 9 CIN
Week 10 @PIT
Week 11 @CLE
Week 12 STL
Week 13 @CHI
Week 14 @SF
Week 15 CAR
Week 16 @SEA
Week 17 MIN
Rams (1-2)
Score Opp.
13-23 @NYG
27-24 SF
23-24 @SEA
Week 4 ARZ
Week 5 BYE
Week 6 ATL
Week 7 GB
Week 8 @PIT
Week 9 @SF
Week 10 BAL
Week 11 @CHI
Week 12 @ARZ
Week 13 MIN
Week 14 @CLE
Week 15 SEA
Week 16 CIN
Week 17 @DET
(Statistics are game averages from current season )