Cardinals will have 2 weeks to come down from overtime thriller

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have two weeks to climb down from their desert high.

They'll need the time.

Defense, offense and special teams drew praise from coach Ken Whisenhunt in the wake of the Cardinals' 30-24 overtime thriller over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

It was the signature victory so far in Whisenhunt's two-year effort to build a winner out of a franchise with a sorry history.

Arizona heads into its bye week 4-2, with a two-game lead in the mediocre NFC West.

The Cardinals next play at Carolina on October 26th.

Whisenhunt gave the players yesterday off to savor the big victory.

The off week is much appreciated to help the injured recover from injuries, particularly wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

But the flip side is preserving the momentum gained in consecutive victories over Buffalo and Dallas.