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Arizona Cardinals Report Card Vs. Seattle Seahawks

December 23rd, 2013 at 7:02 AM
By Steve Smith

'Arizona Cardinals offense' photo (c) 2010, Matt McGee - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
The report card for the Arizona Cardinals is in following their season-saving, dramatic 17-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks yesterday at Century Link Field in Seattle. It was their biggest win in many a season.

Let's take a look:

OFFENSE: C-

This grade would have been lower if not for Carson Palmer's game-winning 31-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to Michael Floyd with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter. Palmer was brutal up to that point, throwing four interceptions and being sacked twice. Floyd's catch was his lone reception of the day but it was the biggest catch of the season. Hands down. Andre Ellington (64 yards) and Rashard Mendenhall (63 yards and a two-point conversion run) led a balanced rushing attack. Larry Fitzgerald had just three receptions for 18 yards as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered eight days ago vs. the Titans.

DEFENSE: A

The Cards held Russell Wilson to just 108 yards passing and sacked him four times, including two by Calais Campbell. To hold Seattle to 192 total yards is pretty impressive. The key was keeping Marshawn Lynch in check – "Beast Mode" finished with just 71 yards rushing. Lynch entered the contest as the sixth leading rusher in the league. The Seahawks also converted just 2 of 13 third downs as their 14-game home winning streak came to an end. Daryl Washington had a team-leading seven tackles and added a sack as well.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B +

Jay Feely converted all three of his field goal attempts, including a 46-yarder. Arizona's kickoff and punt return units were fine and their kickoff and punt return coverage squads were solid if not spectacular .Punter Dave Zastudil continued his stellar campaign by averaging 48.8 yards per boot, including three inside the 20-yard line. Is a Pro Bowl berth "in the cards" for him?

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Carson Palmer, Dave Zastudil, Football, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, NFL, Rashard Mendenhall, Russell Wilson

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