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  • Preseason # 2 Saturday, August 16, 2008 – 5:00 PM (MST)

    8701 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284 Phone: 602-379-0101 Fax: 602-379-1821

    Mark Dalton – Vice President, Media Relations Mike Helm – Media Relations Coordinator 602/379-1720 602/379-1647 Chris Melvin – Media Relations Manager Nate LoCascio – Media Relations Assistant 602/379-1882 602/379-1620

    Arizona Cardinals Football Club

    Game Release


    The Cardinals travel to Kansas City for the 24 th

    preseason meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back 40 years. This week’s meeting will mark only the fourth preseason meeting between the two teams since the Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988.

    The Cardinals and Chiefs have alternated three-game win streaks in the last six meetings between the two teams, with the Cardinals winning the last three contests, dating back to 1998, the Cardinals first season in the Valley of the Sun. Arizona has won the last two preseason contests in Kansas City.

    The Cardinals-Chiefs series contains the last preseason game for the Cards that ended in a tie. In 1971, the Cardinals traveled to Kansas City in 1971 and left with a 17-17 deadlock.


     Overall Preseason Series: 9-13-1

     Cardinals on road at KC: 5-8-1

     First Meeting: Aug. 17, 1968, @ Kansas City, L, 10-13

     Last Meeting: Aug. 20, 2005, @ Kansas City, W, 24-17

    THE COACHES Ken Whisenhunt Herm Edwards 8-8 Overall Record 54-64 8-8 Regular Season Record 52-60 0-0 Playoff Record 2-4 2

    nd Years as Head Coach in NFL 8


    2 nd

    Years with team 3 rd


    TELEVISION CARDINALS RADIO Network: ABC-15 Flagship: News Talk 92.3 KTAR Play-by-Play: Mike Goldberg Play-by-Play: Dave Pasch Analyst: Bill Lewis Analyst: Ron Wolfley Sideline: Jody Jackson Sideline: Paul Calvisi

    CARDINALS SPANISH RADIO Flagship: KMIA 710 AM Play-by-Play: Gabriel Trujillo Analyst: Rolando Cantu




    Arrowhead Stadium


    The Cardinals began the preseason last week when they faced the New Orleans Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium. They continue the preseason as they face the Chiefs, the first of three consecutive AFC opponents. The Cardinals will face the Raiders for the fourth time in the last five years and they will face the Broncos for the fifth season in a row and sixth time in the last seven years. Time/ Date Opponent Location Result

    Aug. 7 New Orleans Saints U. of Phoenix Stadium L, 10-24 Aug. 16 @ Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 5:00 PM Aug. 23 @ Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum 6:00 PM Aug. 29 Denver Broncos Invesco Field 7:00 PM


    The Cardinals make their first road trip of the 2008 season when they travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in a preseason rivalry that dates back to 1968.

    Since 1970, the Cardinals have played the Chiefs 21 times in the preseason, the most of any team other than the Chicago Bears, who they have played 27 times.

    The Cardinals are coming off a 24-10 loss to New Orleans in their first preseason contest. Despite the final score, there were some important positive developments from the game. QB Matt Leinart looked impressive in his first action since separating his shoulder in October of last season. The third- year QB completed 7-of-8 passes for 91 yards, including a 34-yard strike to WR Steve Breaston, who also looked impressive as he vies for the third receiver spot.

    Rookie RB Tim Hightower scored easily on a one-yard run while playing with the first team while a few other rookies such as DE Kenny Iwebema, LB Ali Highsmith and DE Calais Campbell also impressed the coaching staff with their play.

    The Cardinals will face the Chiefs, who are coming off a 24- 20 victory at Chicago in their first action of the season, before heading to Oakland the following week to finish their preseason road schedule.


    8-8 Record 4-12

    404 Points Scored 226

    399 Points Allowed 335

    49 Touchdowns Scored 24

    45 Touchdowns Allowed 33

    9 Rushing TDs 6

    32 Passing TDs 17

    8 Return TDs 1

    13 Rushing TDs Allowed 11

    26 Passing TDs Allowed 17

    6 Return TDs Allowed 5

    24/163 Sacked/Yards Lost 55/344

    27/12 Fumbles/Lost 22/13

    24 Had Intercepted 20

    21/30 Field Goals Made/Attempted 19/27

    344.1 Total Yards Per Game 276.8

    330.2 Opp. Total Yards Per Game 319.4

    90.0 Rushing Yards Per Game 78.0

    97.9 Opp. Rushing Yards Per Game 130.6

    254.1 Passing Yards Per Game 198.8

    232.3 Opp. Passing Yards Per Game 188.9

    -7 Turnover Ratio -11

    30:10 Average Time of Possession 29:52

    12/29/5 NFL Rank-Total Offense/Run/Pass 31/32/20

    17/9/28 NFL Rank-Total Defense/Run/Pass 13/28/5

    0/1 2-Point Conversions 1/3

    @ Oak Next Week @ Mia



    TEAM RECORDS Net passing yards: 4,437 (prev: 4,262, 1984) Gross passing yards: 4,723 (prev: 4,639, 1984) Pass attempts: 670 (prev: 613, 1996) Completions: 419 (prev: 347, 1984) Completion percentage: 62.5% (prev: 61.3%, 1984) First downs passing: 224 (prev: 214, 1996) Field goals attempted: 46 (prev: 40, 1996) Field goals made: 43 (prev: 30, 1995)

    INDIVIDUAL RECORDS Receptions: Larry Fitzgerald, 103

    (previous: 101, Larry Centers in ’95 and Boldin in ‘03) Points: Neil Rackers, 140

    (previous: 117, Jim Bakken ’67 & Neil O’Donoghue ’84) Field Goals: Neil Rackers, 40

    (previous: 30, Greg Davis in ‘95) Field Goal Attempts: Neil Rackers, 42

    (previous: 40, Jim Bakken in ’66) Field goal %: Neil Rackers 95.2% (40-42) (previous: 82.4%, Kevin Butler in ’96, 14-17) Consecutive Field Goals: Neil Rackers, 31

    (previous: 11, Greg Davis in ’94 & Bill Gramatica in ‘01 Completion %: Kurt Warner, 64.5% (242-375)

    (previous: 61.7% Steve Beuerlein in ’93, 258- 418) Most consec. 100-yard receiving games: Boldin, 5 (previous: 4, Rob Moore in ’97 & David Boston in ’01)

    CARDS IN PRIME TIME IN 2008 For the second season in a row, the Cardinals appeared on a live national broadcast during the preseason, opening up at home last week vs. the New Orleans Saints in a game that aired live on ESPN.

    Last season, the Cardinals played two games that were broadcast live on NFL Network, hosting the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers.

    Last week’s matchup vs. New Orleans marked the first of three nationally televised games for the Cardinals in 2008. In the next one, the Cardinals will host the San Francisco 49ers on November 10 at University of Phoenix Stadium in a game that will be showcased on ESPN’s ―Monday Night Football.‖ The third prime-time game will come later that month when the Cards head to Philadelphia for a Thanksgiving night game against the Eagles that will be carried by NFL Network. Cardinals-Eagles will be the third game of the NFL’s Thanksgiving triple-header that also includes Tennessee at Detroit and Seattle at Dallas.

    It will be the franchise’s first Thanksgiving game since a 1985 contest at Dallas and this year will mark the first time since 2000 that the Cardinals will appear more than once in prime time.


    Chiefs 23, CARDINALS 20 October 8, 2006 – Univ. of Phoenix Stadium – (63,445)

    In the debut of Matt Leinart as starting QB, the Cardinals were poised to mark the occasion with a victory over the visiting Chiefs and snap their three-game losing streak. However, the Cards surrendered a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and missed a game-tying 51-yard FG try in the final seconds to fall to 1-4. It was a very impressive start for Leinart, who hit Anquan Boldin down the middle of field with a 49-yard TD strike on the game’s fifth play. KC back Larry Johnson fumbled a handoff on the ensuing series and DE Chike Okeafor recovered at the KC 41. Seven plays later on 3

    rd -n-

    goal at the 5, Leinart found Larry Fitzgerald for a TD to put Arizona up 14-0. On the first two drives, Leinart was 5-5 for 84 yards and two passing TDs against a KC defense that had not allowed a passing TD all year and had not given up a TD in 11 straight quarters. Early in the 2

    nd quarter, Lawrence Tynes made it 14-3 with a 45-yard FG. Later in the 2

    nd , KC’s Bernard

    Pollard blocked an Arizona punt that went out of bounds at the AZ 6 and 3 plays later Huard connected with Johnson on a 9-yard TD pass. The Cards caught a break with 1:32 to play when Johnson fumbled again and CB Eric Green recovered at the KC 33. That led to a 41- yard Neil Rackers FG that made the score 17-10 at the half. After KC went 3-n-out to start the second half, the Cards moved to the KC 27 thanks largely to a series of Edgerrin James runs and a 45-yard Rackers FG upped the lead