Yet there was only so much satisfaction the running back could take after the Cardinals were pounded, 41-7, by the Falcons Sunday.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Hightower, who rushed for 115 yards on just 11 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown sprint that was the franchise’s longest since 1958.
“I play this game to win. That’s first and foremost. You want days like this, but … I don’t think anyone would be happy with a performance like that in a loss like that.”
The Cards only had 13 rush attempts.
“We wanted to come in and run the football but you make it hard on yourself,” Hightower said.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt had promised all week Hightower would find a way to bounce back after his first-game fumble issues.
“Tim’s run was big and put us back in the game,” Whisenhunt said. “When you talk about of player responding, it’s good to see him do it like that.”
The hope is that Wells will finally be able to return next week against Oakland in the home opener. Hightower is off to a solid start, however, with 169 yards on 24 carries in two games.
“Hopefully next week I can have another one of these games in a win and make it a lot more enjoyable,” Hightower said.
“Was I frustrated? Hell no,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I don’t get frustrated. I just go out there and play the players. I had a couple pass interference calls. You’re gonna have games like that. The thing you do, you get in the film room and you get better from it.”
“We wanted to try and get Max a couple snaps,” Whisenhunt said. “I’d hoped to we’d have more chances at the end, but we didn’t.”
As for Anderson, “That position, unfortunately for the quarterback, when they bring blitzes, they are going to take some shots,” Whisenhunt added. “We have to do a better job of protecting (Anderson).”
Said Anderson, “You have to get the body healed up. You don’t have time to worry about it.”
The Cardinals reported no injuries after the game. Wide receiver