As the Arizona Cardinals sink into the abyss with a 4-7 record and seven straight losses, let's look at their report card based on their 31-17 loss to St. Louis yesterday:
Well, it was worth a shot I guess. With Kevin Kolb injured and John Skelton benched for ineffectiveness, head coach Ken Whisenhunt decided to start rookie Ryan Lindley. What a disaster. The San Diego State product threw for 312 yards but tossed four interceptions and two of them were returned for touchdowns. Brutal.
Beanie Wells made his triumphant return and scored two rushing touchdowns, including an impressive 12-yard scamper in the second quarter. He'll be the lead back until he gets hurt again. The offensive line only allowed two sacks, one of their best efforts of the season. Tight end Rob Housler enjoyed his best game as a pro with eight catches for 82 yards. Andre Roberts was even better with a 9-92-0 line. Larry Fitzgerald was invisible again with just three catches for 31 yards. Terrible QB play is killing his value.
You have to feel bad for the defense. They play hard every week and the Cardinals offense just does not do them any favors. Two of Lindley's picks resulted in Rams touchdowns, which is not their fault. There is only so much they can do.
Patrick Peterson made a nice interception in the end zone, his fourth of the season. Linebacker Daryl Washington performed well with six tackles and a sack. The Cards allowed a pair of 37-yard scoring plays via Sam Bradford, not a good sign.
Special Teams: B
Very solid outing here. Jay Feely made his one field goal attempt while punter Dave Zastudil continued his All-Pro type season with a 48.2 average on six boots, including one inside the 20. He has been so consistent all season long and deserves a Pro Bowl berth.
Peterson did a nice job returning punts, averaging 14.8 yards, including a 26-yarder. William Powell averaged 22.7 yards on three kickoff returns.
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