Pass-happy Cardinals still struggling in run game

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TEMPE -- The Arizona Cardinals enter Thursday night's game at Philadelphia with the number 2 passing offense in the NFL.

On the ground, the Cardinals rank 30th out of 32 teams.

The Cardinals made an immediate improvement when Edgerrin James was benched in favor of rookie Tim Hightower after a woeful ground game in an Oct. 26 road loss to Carolina. The following week at St. Louis, Hightower gained 109 yards in 22 carries in his first NFL start, including a 30-yard touchdown run.

But since then, Hightower has gained 88 yards in 35 carries, an average of just 2.5 yards per attempt.

Quarterback Kurt Warner says the Cardinals are so good at passing that they often stick with that at the expense of developing a running attack.

Warner says the bottom line is Arizona is a throwing team, but Arizona needs to complement that.

Without a running game, the Cardinals (7-4) still are on the brink of their first division title in more than three decades.

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