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Arizona Cardinals’ Report Card for Week 14

December 10th, 2012 at 3:05 PM
By Steve Smith

'Red Bryant' photo (c) 2010, Matt McGee - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Arizona Cardinals suffered their worst loss in franchise history yesterday – a 58-0 debacle against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field – and now their report card is in. If I was a kid again, I would never want to bring a report card like this home to my parents, that's for sure:

Offense: F-

A total disaster. Where do I begin? One hundred fifty four yards from scrimmage. 10 first downs. Eight total team turnovers. Quarterback John Skelton was intercepted four times and finished with a QB rating of 18.2. My grandmother could do better than that. One catch for two yards for Larry Fitzgerald. One catch! No semblance of a running game – their leading rusher was William Powell with 20 yards. The Seahawks defense is good but they are not the '85 Bears. A complete and total humiliation in every sense of the word.

Defense: F-

Another complete disaster. The Cards did record one sack (Quentin Groves) and one interception (Patrick Peterson)  but 58 points? Give me a break. They allowed 493 total yards, including a whopping 284 yards on the ground. Marshawn Lynch scampered for 128 yards on just 11 carries and scored three touchdowns. Where was the effort? It was probably just a matter of time before this defensive unit, which has played pretty well all season, broke down. They can only carry the load so long. Seattle averaged 7.6 yards per play. Wow. Calais Campbell returned to action but was a non-factor. A total meltdown. It looked like the whole team quit in the second half.

Special Teams: D -

The only bright spot was the repeated fine play of punter Dave Zastudil, who averaged 46.7 yards on six punts, including two inside the 20. He has performed like an All-Pro all season long. Midway through the second quarter, Peterson fumbled a punt and the ball was recovered in the end zone by Seattle's Malcolm Smith, giving the Seahawks a 31-0 lead. It's been a disappointing campaign for Peterson returning punts – he had four punt return touchdowns in 2011 and is still looking for his first this year. Arizona did a decent job of keeping punt/kickoff returner Leon Washington in check.

 

 

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Football, John Skelton, Larry Fitzgerald, NFL, William Powell

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