Loss stings defending NFC champion Cardinals

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GLENDALE -- There's no more talk about it being "just preseason."

The dismal performance by the Arizona Cardinals' starters Friday night was strong evidence that all is not right with the defending NFC champions.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt says that the team learned a lesson that it can't just show up and beat someone. He says that's been a concern for a team that has just had success.

He says part of the blame goes to himself. He says he was outcoached. Green Bay opened a 38-10 halftime lead against Arizona's starters before holding off a rally led by Matt Leinart for a 44-37 Packers victory.

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