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Arizona Cardinals’ Report Card for Week 15 of the NFL Season

December 17th, 2012 at 3:41 PM
By Steve Smith

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The long, long losing streak is finally over and the Arizona Cardinals' Report Card is in after their 38-10 rout of the Detroit Lions yesterday in Glendale. It's one of their best of the season. Let's take a look:

Offense: C -

The Cardinals totaled just 196 yards from scrimmage but did not have to do much on this side of the ball to win. And win big. Beanie Wells gained 67 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns, including a 31-yard scamper. Ryan Lindley completed 14 of 21 passes for 104 yards and one interception but was sacked just once. Larry Fitzgerald had just four catches for 22 yards while Michael Floyd chipped in with three catches for a team-high 37 yards.

Defense: A +

Arizona's best performance of the season, bar none. Not only did they hold a high-powered Lions squad to 10 points but they sacked Matthew Stafford twice and intercepted him three times. Two of those INT's were returned for touchdowns. Greg Toler's 102-yarder in the fourth quarter set a franchise record for the longest interception return. Rashad Johnson added a 53-yard interception return to paydirt as the Red Birds simply overwhelmed a lethargic Lions contingent.

Of sure, Calvin "Megatron" Johnson had 10 receptions for 121 yards but he does that against every team in the NFL. He's on pace to break Jerry Rice's league record for receiving yards in a season (1848, set in 1995). Patrick Peterson chipped in with his seventh interception of the season as the Cards forced four Detroit turnovers in all.

Special Teams: B +

Jay Feely booted a 51-yard field goal and made all five of his PAT attempts. Peterson returned five punts for 54 yards, including a 16-yarder. Punter Dave Zastudil continued his excellent season, averaging 44.2 yards on nine boots, including six inside the 20-yard line. Zastudil has 15 more punts than anyone else in the league and is second in the NFL with 38 punts inside the 20. He's been rock steady all season long.


Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Dave Zastudil, Football, Greg Toler, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, NFL, Patrick Peterson, Rashad Johnson, Ryan Lindley

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