The Report Card for the Arizona Cardinals is in following their disappointing 28-13 setback to the Chicago Bears yesterday in Glendale. Let's take a look:
Offense: D -
This would have been an F if not for Larry Fitzgerald's 111-yard receiving effort. Beanie Wells' first quarter fumble that was returned by Zack Bowman for Chicago's first TD set the tone early. The Cardinals could muster just 29 rushing yards. That's awful. Both Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer were ineffective – they each tossed an interception and were sacked twice each.
The Red Birds could muster only 248 yards from scrimmage and were just 3-for-15 on third downs. They averaged a meager 3.4 yards per play. Things won't be getting any better this coming Sunday in the season finale when the Cards face an angry 49ers team on the road. That's a recipe for disaster.
The two defensive touchdowns the Bears scored were not the fault of the defensive unit. The Cardinals only sacked Jay Cutler once (Calais Campbell) though and did not cause a turnover. Cutler completed less than 50 percent of his passes though (12 of 26) and threw for just 146 yards.
Matt Forte averaged 7.3 yards per carry though with a four-yard rushing score. Campbell and Daryl Washington played well for the most part with seven tackles each while Patrick Peterson chipped in with six tackles and a pass defended.
Special Teams: B +
The highlight play was when Adrian Wilson blocked Olindo Mare's 20-yard field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter and Justin Bethel scooped up the loose ball and sprinted 82 yards for Arizona's lone touchdown. Jay Feely made both of his field goal attempts while punter Dave Zastudil was excellent again, averaging 44.8 yards per boot, including six inside the 20. He now has 44 inside the 20 for the season, a NFL record. The Cardinals also held the very dangerous Devin Hester in check for the most part on kickoff and punt returns.
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