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Report Card: Arizona @ St. Louis Rams
RUSHING OFFENSE A -- Rookie Tim Hightower gained 109 yards in his first start, including a 30-yard TD run. It was the longest run by a Cardinal in more than three years and the longest TD run since 2002.
PASS DEFENSE: B -- The Cardinals returned an interception for a touchdown and sacked Marc Bulger twice. Cornerback Eric Green gave up an 80-yard touchdown pass to Derek Stanley. It was his first NFL reception.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Cardinals did a much better job of tackling than they did last week. Steven Jackson, who wasn't 100 percent, carried only seven times.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Neil Rackers made two field goals Sunday, extending his streak to six. The coverage teams were excellent, but the return teams didn't produce much.
COACHING: A -- Switching from Edgerrin James to Tim Hightower at running back produced positive results, and so did altering the blocking schemes, going to more of a power game. Defensively, strong safety Adrian Wilson blitzed more, and the tackling was much better.
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