PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Derek Anderson completed just 1-of-9 passes on third down. He was pressured and was the victim of a dropped pass. Still, he has to make some plays in those situations. The protection was sloppy and receivers made too many assignment errors.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- The Cardinals had 118 yards on 13 carries, thanks to Hightower's 80-yard touchdown run. They couldn't stick with the run because the score was lopsided by halftime.
PASSING DEFENSE: F -- Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 21 of 32 for 225 yards and three touchdowns. The Cardinals rarely pressured him, and the secondary did not hold up well. A bad combination.
RUSHING DEFENSE: F -- The Cardinals were manhandled and took a physical beating. The Falcons did whatever they wanted. Third-string running back Jason Snelling gained 129 yards on 24 carries and scored twice.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- LaRod Stephens-Howling had a 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown nullified by penalty. Punter Ben Graham was solid and the coverage teams were average.
COACHING: D -- The Falcons offense dominated. The Cardinals seemed to have to have no answers, and appeared to be caught in the wrong alignments at the wrong time. Offensively, the Cardinals continue to make far too many mistakes to beat a good team, especially on the road.
Cardinals: Week 2 Report Card
CardinalsSource Top Stories
Player capsule: James SummersLast year, undrafted rookie free agent Elijhaa Penny made a convincing case for a roster spot before ending up on the Cardinals' practice squad. This year, it's East Carolina's…
CardinalsSourceYesterday at 8:25 AM
Player capsule: Brittan GoldenBrittan Golden has been a special teams standout for the Cardinals in the past, but will that be enough for him to hang onto a roster spot in 2017?
CardinalsSourceFriday at 7:43 AM
Player capsule: Aaron DobsonThe Arizona Cardinals signed free agent wide receiver Aaron Dobson this offseason, who caught 53 passes over the first three years of his career before taking a step backward in…
Player capsule: Jeremy RossThe Arizona Cardinals liked what they saw out of wide receiver Jeremy Ross late last season and Ross has high hopes of sticking with the organization this fall.
Player capsule: Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington is attempting to reshape his career this offseason and transition from his role as a running back to a wide receiver.