Cardinals Week 12 Report Card

The Cardinals improved to 4-7 with another win and the team's report card continues to show improvement.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Quarterback John Skelton played poorly for the second consecutive game, completing 12 of 23 passes for 114 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. Skelton was sacked three times, but all weren't the fault of the offensive line. He seemed tentative in releasing the ball, probably because he was erratic at the beginning of the game.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Running back Beanie Wells set a franchise record with 228 rushing yards and broke career-long runs of 71 and 53 yards. His previous longest run was 39 yards, done earlier this season against the Giants. The offensive line and tight ends obviously did a nice job, and Wells didn't seem to suffer any from a problematic knee.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Cardinals pressured Sam Bradford, stripping him once and recovering a fumble. They did a decent job against the Rams' receivers, but then, that group isn't very good.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- Steven Jackson gained 64 yards on 17 carries and wasn't much of a factor. Inside linebackers Daryl Washington and Paris Lenon played well, as did the defensive front. The Rams had to renovate their offensive line because of injuries, and the Cardinals dominated.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Patrick Peterson got his fourth punt return for a touchdown this season, tying an NFL record, but the Rams returned a punt for a score, too. Jay Feely made three field goals. The longest was 37 yards, but in a tight game, it was important he make the easy ones.

COACHING: A -- The Cardinals' offensive staff had a nice game plan. Arizona used more jumbo packages, with three tight ends, and pounded the ball on the Rams. Defensively, the Cardinals are improving. If the offense had made as much progress over the last month, the team would be feeling good about itself.

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