Cardinals Week 17 Report Card

Arizona finished a strong second-half stretch with a win against Seattle - with passing grades in this week's report card.

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Quarterback John Skelton was inconsistent, but he had receiver Larry Fitzgerald to bail him out. Fitzgerald finished with 149 yards on nine catches. He had just one catch for 1 yard in the first half.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- Running back Beanie Wells didn't play because of a lingering knee injury. Replacement LaRod Stephens-Howling gained 93 yards on 21 carries but could have gained much more by staying inside the formation. He tried to bounce wide too often.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The Cardinals had all four of their sacks in the second quarter and intercepted a pass for the first time since Nov. 20. Their lone mistake was a 61-yard touchdown pass that was well defended by Marshay Green.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The Bengals rushed for 165 yards, but quarterback Andy Dalton had 48 yards on five scrambles. The Cardinals did a solid job against the Bengals' two running backs. The Cardinals gave up their longest run of the year, a 48-yarder by Leon Washington. Marshawn Lynch didn't do much, but the Cardinals still gave up too many yards (178 yards on 34 carries).

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Jay Feely connected on all three of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 28-yarder in overtime. Dave Zastudil averaged 46.3 yards on seven punts, putting two inside the Seahawks' 20-yard line. Washington broke a 47-yard kickoff return, while Arizona's Patrick Peterson had a 42-yard punt return.

COACHING: B -- Another solid job. The Cardinals pulled out of their funk this season to finish 8-8. Defensively, the team is better than it has been in Ken Whisenhunt's five seasons. Offensively, Arizona is still searching for answers.

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