Report Card: Arizona @ St. Louis Rams
Nail Rackers (Getty)
Nail Rackers (Getty)

Posted Nov 4, 2008

Tackling improved two-fold on Sunday in St. Louis, the running game was beyond established and Kurt Warner was in usual form. Check out how the rest of the team stacked up...

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Kurt Warner threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns and was sacked only once. He got a little bit lucky when one pass bounced off a defender's hands and into a receiver's resulting in a 56-yard touchdown.

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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