Cardinals Week 11 Report Card

The Arizona Cardinals reverted back to their old ways against the San Francisco 49ers and their weekly report card reflects it.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Quarterback John Skelton was erratic on a day when he was under little pressure. The 49ers didn't rush more than four men on any play, and Skelton had time to throw. He completed just six of 19 and was intercepted three times before he was replaced by Richard Bartel.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- The grade is low only because runs weren't called often enough. The Cardinal had just 11 attempts. It should have been more.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The defensive is improving overall, and it's limiting big plays. Cornerback Patrick Peterson gave receivers too much space, and the 49ers worked him over.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The 49ers gained 164 yards, but it took them 49 attempts. The Arizona defense was on the field a lot because of five turnovers.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- The Cardinals blocked two field goals, and punter Dave Zastudil had a net average of 43.8 yards. The return teams did little, and punt returner Patrick Peterson lost a fumble.

COACHING: D -- The defense has made steady improvement for a month, and young players are showing signs of improvement. That's not the case on offense, and coaches continued to rely upon the pass Sunday, even though Skelton was having a horrible time throwing. They should have gone with the run more.


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