Costly turnovers on offense. Critical breakdowns on defense. Boos from the home crowd.
Sounds like the same old Arizona Cardinals.
After a 31-10 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, the defending NFC champions are 1-2 heading into their bye week.
The once-feared offense of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin _ Pro Bowlers all _ has produced two touchdowns and five turnovers in two home losses.
It's not what coach Ken Whisenhunt expected, but he's preaching patience.
"I don't think three games in that you hit the panic button or that you think, we want to blow up what we're doing," Whisenhunt said at his Monday morning news conference.
That may be true, but some serious tweaking is in order during the week off.
Among the top priorities: shoring up an inconsistent offensive line that appeared overmatched at times against the Colts.
Arizona gave up four sacks, two to star defensive end Dwight Freeney. Leading 21-3 at halftime, the Colts were able to forget about defending the run and go after Warner, who is about mobile as a down marker and had hip surgery in the offseason.
"I think that when you get down to a team like this and they pin their ears back, they're very good outside rushers," Whisenhunt said. "They can take some chances."
It's a blueprint for dismantling one of the NFL's most potent air attacks.
San Francisco did much the same thing in a season-opening 20-16 victory, sacking Warner three times and knocking the ball out of his hands on the final play to deny the Cardinals a shot at a miracle touchdown pass.
By contrast, the line did not yield a sack in a 31-17 victory at Jacksonville a week ago, and Warner set an NFL record by completing 24 of 26 passes.
The lesson is clear: give Warner time and he'll pick apart a defense like a chicken dinner.
Whisenhunt praised Warner for hanging in there against the Colts' rush.
"Kurt did a very good job of staying in the pocket and making some good throws for us when there was some pressure on us," Whisenhunt said.
After the game, Warner said the pressure has made it difficult for the Cardinals to throw downfield. And that has made it easier for opposing defenses to clog the short- and mid-range passing lanes.
"You don't get the opportunity to hit the big play that changes momentum and swings field position," Warner said. "Then it becomes more of a dink and a dunk and having to make play after play after play, and that's hard to do in this business, to do that consistently."
In the two losses, Warner has completed only one pass longer than 25 yards _ a 40-yarder to backup Jerheme Urban against San Francisco.
With two weeks until Arizona's next game _ at home against Houston on Oct. 11 _ Whisenhunt and his staff will work with the offensive line to improve its blocking techniques.
"Those are things that you can work on and get better at them, and that's what we have to do," Whisenhunt said.
Offensive tackle Mike Gandy, who needed more help blocking Freeney, said after the game that he has work to do.
"I don't feel like I won my share of battles out there," Gandy said. "I have to correct those mistakes as a player."
The Cardinals have dropped their first two home games, matching their total losses in 10 games in Glendale last season, including two in the playoffs. After years of playing in front of half-empty, sun-baked bleachers in Sun Devil Stadium, the Cardinals worked hard to establish a homefield advantage last season.
Now that advantage seems to be gone, and the Cardinals are wondering where it went.
"It's tough to lose these games," Fitzgerald said. "It's really disappointing. We've done a pretty good job of protecting our home field. We aren't doing a good job of that right now, though."