Derek Anderson threw the ball to Larry Fitzgerald 15 times on Sunday. Fitz caught three passes.
With Fitzgerald not looking quite like himself and Anderson struggling with his accuracy, it was up to Steve Breaston to take over in Arizona’s 17-13 win. Breaston caught seven passes for 132 yards and made a handful of terrific grabs. He also made the key play of the game — as a defender.
Rams defensive tackle Clifton Ryan was set to score a backbreaking touchdown on a fumble return, but Breaston made a great hustle play to catch up to Ryan from behind and force a fumble that the Cardinals recovered for a touchback.
Anderson took a beating in the game, but played very well in the fourth quarter. (Cardinals wideout Max Komar fumbled away a chance for another score.)
Beating the Rams may not sound like much, but getting a road division win in Anderson’s first start could wind up meaning a lot down the road in what figures to be a tight division race.