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Too Close For Comfort: Growing Pains For Derek Anderson

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I don't think anyone expected Derek Anderson to come out against St. Louis and be the reincarnation of Kurt Warner. The peripheral stats looked good: 297 yards, a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald.

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However, there is another side to that coin. Anderson threw 41 passes on the day, completing only 22 and compiling a QB rating of 85.1.

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There were bound to be growing pains for Anderson, who has had very little experience playing with Fitzgerald. Anderson's favorite target, Stephen Williams, was used sparingly against the Rams, being targeted only three times.

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Steve Breaston turned out to be the most reliable wideout, catching seven passes for 132 yards. Every pass that was thrown to Breaston was caught.

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The offense hit its stride in the fourth quarter, when Anderson led the team 86 yards on seven plays for a score.

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Naturally, Anderson is under the microscope in the desert after Matt Leinart's dismissal. With games like these, it won't be long before Justin Burning calls for Max Hall to get some reps.

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