Cardinals Weekly Report Card

How did the Cardinals grade out following their fifth consecutive loss of the season? Find out inside.

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Kevin Kolb's statistics weren't awful: 18 of 34 for 272 yards, two TDs and an interception. But he missed an open receiver for a touchdown and gave the Steelers a safety when he was called for intentional grounding while in the end zone.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- Beanie Wells didn't play in the second half after suffering a knee injury in the first half. He makes a huge difference in the offense. His backups are either unproven (Alfonso Smith), small (LaRod Stephens-Howling) or old (Chester Taylor).

PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Cardinals efforted, but Ben Roethlisberger was brilliant, throwing for 361 yards and three touchdowns. He was sacked twice but avoided several others. Cornerback Richard Marshall was beaten by Mike Wallace for a 95-yard touchdown.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Steelers never got their rush game going. Rashard Mendenhall gained 32 yards on 13 carries. Overall, the Steelers gained 91 yards on 28 carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- The coverage teams did a decent job, and punter Dave Zastudil was solid. There were three penalties on special teams, however, that cost the team field position.

COACHING: C -- It's a cliche but the plays were there to be made. It's hard to fault the play-calling or defensive schemes, although many fans will. The biggest challenge Ken Whisenhunt faces now is to keep his team focused and engaged.


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