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Arizona Cardinals Report Card Vs. Indianapolis Colts

November 25th, 2013 at 6:34 AM
By Steve Smith

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The report card is in for Arizona's 40-11 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts yesterday and it's a glorious one. The best RC of the season. No doubt. Let's take a look:

Offense: A

Where to begin? Larry Fitzgerald caught two TD passes from Carson Palmer (26-37, 314 yards, two TD) and became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving in his career. Palmer has not thrown an interception in his last two games. Michael Floyd enjoyed his second huge game in a row by grabbing a game-high seven receptions for 104 yards.

Rashard Mendenhall (54 yards) and Andre Ellington (50 yards) combined for 104 yards on the ground and Mendenhall tallied his fifth touchdown of the season on a five-yard scoring burst off right tackle. Tight end Rob Housler continues to make improvement with four catches for 51 yards. Overall, a nice balanced effort.

"I thought it was probably our best effort as a football team, " said head coach Bruce Arians at his post game press conference. "It was a great team win."

Defense: A

A dominating performance. Linebacker Karlos Dansby is playing at a Pro Bowl level and had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown. Andrew Luck was under pressure all game and the Red Birds held him to just 163 yards passing, mostly when the game was well decided. Arizona held Indianapolis to 80 yards rushing, most of which came during garbage time. Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett combined on a sack and Patrick Peterson did a great job holding Colts WR T.Y. Hilton to just 38 yards receiving. He's having another Pro Bowl season.

Special Teams: B +

Jay Feely connected on 4 of 5 field goal attempts, including makes from 48 and 50 yards away. He's quietly having a terrific season. Punter Dave Zastudil nearly had the day off with just two boots. Arizona's kickoff and punt return coverage units were solid overall.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Carson Palmer, Football, Jay Feely, Karlos Dansby, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, NFL, Patrick Peterson, Rashad Mendenhall

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