Cardinals sinking toward rock bottom after loss

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- After a one-week reprieve, the Arizona Cardinals are falling toward rock bottom more than ever following a loss to lowly Carolina.

Now, they'll take their act to national television for a Christmas night encounter with the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona's final home game in a miserable season.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt echoed his familiar season-long themes on Monday, his team is making too many mistakes and failing to convert on big plays that were there.

Whisenhunt would not, however, concede that the Cardinals (4-10) -- losers of eight of their last nine -- simply lack talent.

The coach says he doesn't "necessarily think it is talent" as much as it is all the young players on the team.

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