Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Steve Wilks
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense23rd86.6 (29th)227.5 (14th)
Defense6th89.6 (6th)221.3 (14th)

Cardinals report: Notes, quotes

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--A week ago, quarterback Richard Bartel was home in Texas hunting wild hogs. This week, he could be starting his first NFL game.

"It was a quick transition, wasn't it?" said Bartel, who backed up Daunte Culpepper with Sacramento of the UFL this season.

--Running back Jason Wright played with Bartel for a short time in Cleveland, and the two became good friends.

"More than anybody else I've played with, except maybe Kurt (Warner), he loves football," Wright said. "Like when we run scout team, he's coaching receivers up on how to run the route. He's very intense.

"I don't really know his talent level, but I do know you are going to get the maximum out of him."

--Wright said the prospect of the Cardinals starting either John Skelton or Bartel isn't daunting.

"This is how all those stories happen of guys coming out of nowhere and having 12-year careers," he said. "I got my first chance because a million people went down, and I've been able to play seven years since.

"There are tons of stories like this in this locker room. The situation got so bleak that they went to the streets, but then the streets ended up being just as good as what they had in the locker room."

--Eleven rookies have played in at least one game this year for the Cardinals.

--The Cardinals are 6-1 at home against AFC teams in coach Ken Whisenhunt's four seasons. Their only loss came in 2009 to Indianapolis, 31-10.

13.6 percent -- The Cardinals' success rate on third down in their past two games. They are 3-for-22.

"I guess I'm about as nervous as a third-string quarterback going into his first action could be. Nothing overwhelming or anything." -- Quarterback John Skelton.

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