Cardinals look to revive season after bye weekend

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012

"We've had turnovers that have let to points for the opponent," he said. "We've had turnovers that have stopped drives. Just across the board, if we can hold on to the ball and convert on third down, those will be big factors for us."

Skelton said the offense needs to sustain drives.

"We've had plays out there that can get us a first down or can get us into the red zone," he said, "and we just haven't been capitalizing on those. If we want to get the ship right, if we want to get moving in the right direction, we've got to start making those types of plays."

Against Green Bay, dropped passes were a big problem.

"It really comes down in this league, and watching Atlanta is a good example of that, to making those plays." Whisenhunt said. "They make a lot of catches in tight coverage and the quarterback throws it in there. If the Green Bay game is any judge of that, we drop balls when we're wide open. We can't do that. We miss tackles in the open field. You can't do that. We've got to do some things better on special teams."

In other words, there is much work to be done everywhere.

Help is on the way for the running game, the worst statistically of all 32 NFL teams. Running back Beanie Wells is back practicing with the team after being sidelined with a severe turf toe injury. But he can't return until the home game against St. Louis on Nov. 25. For now, 5-foot-7 LaRod Stephens-Howling and 5-9 William Powell are the running backs.

"Well, getting Beanie back will help," Skelton said. "No offense to LaRod or William or anything, but those guys are not pound it down the middle type backs like Benaie is. Beanie is a big body to bring down."

The Cardinals needed a break mentally more than anything, linebacker Sam Acho said.

"We did feel refreshed and ready to go. You can sense it with everybody out on the field," he said.

Acho said it's up to each player to examine himself and determine what needs to be done.

"The first thing we can do is look in the mirror," he said. "Coach can look at us and say 'You need to do this better, you need to do that better.' The first thing we can as players is look in the mirror and figure out what we can do to win games. Ultimately it's not how many sacks you get or how many interceptions or touchdowns you throw, it's about winning games."