Cardinals Report Card: Cardinals @ Giants
Beanie Wells (Getty)
Beanie Wells (Getty)

Posted Oct 27, 2009
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The Arizona Cardinals defense won the turnover battle on Sunday against the Giants, which was a big reason for the win. How did the Cardinals weigh in on the other side of the ball? Here are the weekly grades.

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Kurt Warner wasn't as sharp as usual, but he made enough good throws to be productive. Warner was only sacked twice, and the Cardinals moved the ball through the air.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- The Cardinals averaged just 3.3 yards a carry, but rookie Beanie Wells had a 4.8-yard average and a touchdown. He's an explosive player who will only get more time.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Cardinals intercepted three passes and sacked Eli Manning twice. The secondary played an excellent game, and coordinator Bill Davis did a nice job of calling blitzes.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Giants gained 107 yards but could never get anything consistent going. The Cardinals continue to prove to be an excellent run defense.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- The coverage teams limited returner Domenik Hixon, no easy task, and P Ben Graham gave the Cardinals good field position. The return teams handled the ball cleanly but didn't do much else.

COACHING: A -- Coach Ken Whisenhunt has changed the team's mind-set. It used to be awful on the road, but the Cardinals are 3-0 away from home this season, and the victory over the Giants was the club's most impressive regular-season win in years. The game plans on both sides of the ball have excellent in recent weeks.



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