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article imageNFL: Giants Struggle With Turnovers in Loss to Cards

By B. Thomas Cooper     Oct 26, 2009 in Sports
The bigger they are, the harder they fall. The New York Giants learned the hard way Sunday evening, turning the ball over four times en route to a 24-17 loss to the visiting Arizona Cardinals.
In a match-up that proved to be far more exciting than many pundits anticipated, the Cardinals and the Giants met for the eighteenth and final time in the old Meadowlands stadium. It was not all fun and games for Giants quarterback Eli Manning, however. The highly vaunted quarterback was sacked three times by a pumped-up Cardinal defense.
Manning seemed confused throughout much of the game, unable to move his offense down field. “They (the Cardinals) are constantly moving around and flipping safeties and they did a good job with that,'' Giants center Shaun O'Hara stated after the game. Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner agreed. ''Tonight,' we definitely fed off our defense.''
There is more good news for the resurgent Arizona Cardinals (4-2). It appears the team, ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing yards, may have found the answer to their woes. Rookie running back Beanie Wells looked sharp, averaging just under four yards per carry, and finding his way into the end zone for an important touchdown. Jason Wright and Tim Hightower also performed well for the Cardinals Sunday night.
It is worth noting however, Giants punter Jeff Feagles turned in a less than stellar performance, repeatedly giving the Cardinals good field position. Feagles, normally a very dependable punter, blamed bad kicking angles for his poor performance. Fortunately for Feagles, the Cardinals offense was never fully able to capitalize.
The Giants have dropped two games in a row, losing last week to the undefeated New Orleans Saints on the road. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have won three in a row, and are a game ahead of San Francisco for first place in their division. Next week, the Cardinal face the (2-4) Carolina Panthers.
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