The Cardinals never returned to Arizona after losing 31-7 at New Orleans Sunday. Instead, they flew directly to Sarasota to stage practices this week at IMG Academy’s facilities in Bradenton.
“That was the biggest thing — two 10 a.m. kickoffs in a row,’’ Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. “We felt like staying east would benefit our guys from staying seven hours on a plane going back to Phoenix and then coming right back.’’
During the 2008 season, the Cardinals spent a week in Virginia between road games at Washington and the New York Jets.
Stat of the day
Since 2007, no defensive tackle in the league has more sacks than Arizona’s Darnell Dockett, who has registered 33 takedowns. Minnesota’s Kevin Williams is second in that span with 25.5 sacks.
By the numbers
44 - First downs by the Bucs, tied with Jacksonville for fewest in the league.
27.3 - Percentage Tampa Bay opponents have scored touchdowns in the red zone (3-of-11), the stingiest mark in the NFC
102.0 - Combined passer rating of opposing quarterbacks against the Cardinals through three games
Make a move
The Bucs re-signed FB Spencer Larsen and waived TE Danny Noble.
Quote of the day
“It’s been very frustrating because we’re used to scoring lots of points and finishing drives. With the way our defense has been playing, we haven’t held up our end.’’
- Bucs C Jeremy Zuttah, on Tampa Bay’s offensive woes
WRs Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Williams (hamstring), DTs Gary Gibson (back) and Derek Landri (knee) and OL Gabe Carimi (illness) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice for the Bucs, while TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) was limited.
For the Cardinals, DT Dan Williams, S Rashad Johnson (finger) and LB Kevin Minter (hamstring) did not practice and RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) was limited.
Sunday: Arizona, 1 p.m.
Oct. 6: Bye
Oct. 13: Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Oct. 20: at Atlanta, 1 p.m.