Cardinals: Week 16 Report Card

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Arizona has prevailed in two of its last three games and has been improving in several areas.

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Quarterback John Skelton completed only 11 of 25 passes, including only one catch by receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Skelton made clutch throws in the final minutes for the victory, but he needs work on his accuracy.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- A solid effort, 93 yards on 21 carries. Running back Beanie Wells finally showed signs of life, and the line did a decent job against a good front four.

PASSING DEFENSE: A -- The Cardinals returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter, the first time an NFL team has done that since 1999. End Calais Campbell continued his late-season surge.

RUSHING DEFENSE: D -- The Cardinals have shifted to a 4-3 scheme on early downs, partly because they are banged up at linebacker. The move has not done anything to help the run defense, which gave up 183 yards on 34 carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- The coverage and return teams did a decent job. Nothing outstanding, but they didn't make any egregious errors, either. Kicker Jay Feely missed a 49-yard field goal attempt in the first half, but converted on two other kicks, including a 48-yarder that won the game.

COACHING: B -- A decent effort by the coaches gave the talent-short Cardinals a chance to win. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis did a nice job of giving the Cowboys different looks and calling effective blitzes. Offensively, the Cardinals did just enough and spoon-fed rookie quarterback Skelton.

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