Cardinals running back James Conner tied a franchise record in Monday night’s game against the Rams with a touchdown in his seventh straight game.
Conner’s one-yard touchdown run, who tied the score at 10 with 3:18 left in the first half at State Farm Stadium, tied John David Crow’s record for scoring a touchdown in seven straight games. , which he accomplished in 1959-60.
The touchdown was Conner’s 13th rushing score this season, setting a new career high. Only two players in the team’s history have had more rushing touchdowns in a single season – David Johnson (16) in 2016 and Crow (14) in 1962.
Green reaches 10,000
Cardinals wide receiver AJ Green has amassed over 10,000 receiving yards during his career with a 9-yard catch on a Kyler Murray assist in the first half of Monday night’s game.
He joins teammate DeAndre Hopkins with Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and DeSean Jackson as the only active players to reach the milestone.
Green entered Monday’s game with more receiving yards (552) and receiving touchdowns in 11 games than he had in 16 games last year with the Bengals (523 yards, two touchdowns) . Among players with at least 35 receptions this year, Green’s 15.8 yards per reception rank fifth in the NFL this season.
Prior to Monday, Green led or tied for the team manager in receiving three times this season and in receiving yards four times.
Three former teammates of the late Demaryius Thomas – Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and kicker Matt Prater as well as Rams linebacker Von Miller – honored former Broncos wide receiver on Monday night by wearing No.88 decals on their helmets .
Thomas died last week at the age of 33.
Prater played with Thomas in Denver from 2010-14 and Hopkins was a teammate with Thomas in Houston in 2018. Miller played with Thomas in Denver from 2011-18.
On Sunday, the Broncos honored Thomas by lining up against the Lions at Mile High Stadium with just 10 men on the field for their first offensive series of the game. Denver was given a late-game penalty for not having an X wide receiver on the field. Detroit declined the penalty.
Thomas, a Georgia Tech first-round pick, ended his career with 724 receptions for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns. He was named to four Pro Bowls.
Whitworth makes history
Andrew Whitworth made history Monday night against the Cardinals, becoming the first left tackle to start an NFL game at age 40.
“It’s pretty amazing, it’s awesome,” Whitworth, who turned 40 on Sunday, told reporters last week. “I will definitely be moved about it and very grateful. … It’s pretty wild.
Whitworth joins Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady as the second 40-year-old to currently play in the league. There have been 71 more in NFL history to play in a regular season game at the age of 40 or older.
Whitworth became the fifth offensive lineman since the NFL merged in 1970 to play in a game at age 40, joining Rams Hall of Fame member Jackie Slater, Ray Brown, Bruce Matthews and Jeff Van Note.
Pugh comes back, Harlow begins
Cardinals left guard Justin Pugh, who missed the last three games with a strained calf, was active for Monday night’s game. Substitute Sean Harlow, however, resumed the start on the left tackle.
Earlier today, the Cardinals activated long snapper Aaron Brewer (arm) and injured / designated reserve defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence (calf) to return to the roster.
Brewer was placed on the injured list on November 11 after playing the first nine games of the season. Lawrence was placed on the injured list with a hand injury on November 6 after appearing in six games, including five starts, this year.
Boldin reflects on his rookie record
Former Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin set the NFL record for most receptions by a rookie (101) in his rookie season in Arizona in 2003. Nearly 20 years later, that record is in danger of growing. being beaten by Jaylen Waddle of the Dolphins, who has 86 catches with four games to go.
Boldin said he was aware that Waddle, an Alabama first-round pick, was within reach of his mark.
“To be honest with you, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a breakup at this point,” Boldin told The Republic last week. “I mean, what was 2003?” Think about how much the game has changed over the years. When I was playing my rookie year, everyone was playing with a fullback. Three-receiver sets were not the norm.
“Everyone was doing more pro-style attacks. But now I think if you watch any game you will see three or four width receivers every time. Teams pass the ball a lot more, so I’m surprised it still hasn’t been broken.
So how did Boldin do in 2003?
“How did I do it? ” he said. “I had a good offensive coordinator and Jeff Blake was throwing the ball to me and I was just trying to make the most of every opportunity.”
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