Around the NFC West: Cardinals fall short

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic places most of the blame on the Cardinals' defense while acknowledging that other areas also played a role in the 27-23 defeat to Carolina.

Also from Bickley: A look at what happened on Kurt Warner's lone interception.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic explains Ken Whisenhunt's reasoning on the fake field goal that went awry against the Panthers.

Also from Somers: Edgerrin James is a "bit player" instead of a "leading man" after playing a diminished role once again.

More from Somers: The Cardinals made progress against Carolina, but "some old road demons" doomed them in the second half.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are going to need a better ground game at some point this season.

Also from Bordow: The Cardinals are disappointed but not discouraged.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are the latest Western team to lose in an early game in the East.

Also from Tulumello: Notes on a tough day for punter Dirk Johnson, who dropped a PAT hold and threw weakly to Jerame Tuman on a fake field goal.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looks at the Cardinals' identity as a passing team.

Also from Urban: Anquan Boldin plays as though he never left the lineup.

More from Urban: Arizona allowed a 15-yard run on third-and-13 when the defense needed a stop.