"They're playing hard, they're believing in the scheme and it's a great feeling when everyone's playing the way they are," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
The defense has led the way.
While the offense has limited its mistakes and the special teams have come up with some big plays, the defense has simply dominated.
Led by a long-and-strong front line and a group of fast, attacking linebackers, the Cardinals have batted quarterbacks around like piñatas and left few gaps for running backs to slip through.
Arizona has allowed two touchdowns — none rushing — through three games and leads the NFL with 13.3 points against per game. The Cardinals held the Patriots under 20 points for the first time in 26 home games and kept the Eagles out of the end zone for the first time since the 2009 season finale.
Arizona has 12 sacks, second-best to Chicago's 14 in the NFL, and has spread the sack dances around, with seven different players getting at least one. The Cardinals also have at least two sacks in nine straight games, the NFL's longest current streak.
MARSHALL, SAPP WAGE WAR OF WORDS: Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall criticized former NFL star Warren Sapp for calling him a "retard" in a radio interview.
That struck a chord with Marshall, who has acknowledged receiving treatment for borderline personality disorder and anger management, and he fired back Monday in an online video.
"I got a really disturbing heads-up on something Warren Sapp said, called me retarded. That's really disappointing to hear that from an NFL legend, but I'm going to take this as a lesson, and I think we all can learn from this," Marshall said in the video posted online. "Be very careful who you take advice from. You want to surround yourself with good people, godly people. When I look at Warren Sapp, I can't go to him and talk about finances because he filed for bankruptcy. I can't go to him and talk about my marriage because he filed for divorce. I can't go to him and talk about being a father because one day I'm going to have children, because he's not active in his children's life."
Marshall later posted on Twitter that he received an e-mail from Sapp asking "where and when" and that he assumed he was being challenged to a fight.
All that stemmed from an interview with the outspoken Sapp, an NFL Network analyst, on the syndicated "The Dan Patrick Show." He was criticizing today's players in general, saying they have "no relevance for the past, have no conscious of what it is" when he blasted Marshall.
"I mean Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe ... 'Who is he to talk?' " Sapp said. "He's the first 100-catch receiver (tight end) back to back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don't know this? Of course he doesn't because it's not about Brandon Marshall. It ain't about the past, it's about me because it's about personal success, pay me and now I'll think about being a team guy."
It appeared Sapp was actually referring to NFL analyst Sterling Sharpe, Shannon's brother, who questioned Marshall's effort in the Dolphins' loss to the New York Jets a year ago. Marshall responded at the time, saying the commentators need to stop worrying about stuff they know nothing about.
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