Cardinals: Week 5 Report Card

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The Cardinals showed improvement in a Week 5 win against New Orleans. But how much of it was good fortune?

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Max Hall was competent in his first start and had luck on his side, too. He fumbled twice when he scrambled, but the Cardinals didn't lose either. Hall did a good job of getting the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, and the rookie improved as the game progressed.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- The Saints loaded up to stop the run, but the Cardinals still have to do better than 41 yards on 24 carries. Their longest gain was 7 yards. Beanie Wells could not break tackles, and he gained 35 yards on 20 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The Cardinals intercepted three passes but also gave up two touchdowns. They didn't put much pressure on Drew Brees, but the secondary played well.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The run defense was solid after a horrible game in San Diego. The Saints were without their top two backs, but backups have gouged the Cardinals this year. They didn't on Sunday.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- KR LaRod Stephens-Howling is a dynamic threat. Jay Feely made all three field-goal attempts, and P Ben Graham did a great job at pinning the Saints near their goal line.

COACHING: A -- The defensive game plan was excellent. The Cardinals didn't yield many big plays and did a nice job against the run. Offensively, coaches didn't pull back too much with Hall in the lineup, allowing him to run multi-receiver sets out of the shotgun.

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