Report Card: Arizona Cardinals at Titans

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Matt Leinart nearly squeaked out a win over the Titans, but the Cardinals defense broke down on a 99-yard game-winning touchdown drive. If Kurt Warner still has concussion symptoms, will Leinart be able to handle the pressure against the Vikings? Here is how the team stacked up last week and some indications for this week...

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Matt Leinart didn't have an interception and was sacked only once. He completed 21 of 31 but he wasn't able to get the ball downfield to receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- The Cardinals had success at times but they had only 20 rushing plays, with Tim Hightower carrying 11 times for 55 yards and Beanie Wells eight times for 20 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Titans passed for 369 yards and Vince Young completed 9 of 16 on the final 99-yard drive. The Cardinals sacked him four times but needed to make more plays in the secondary.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- Chris Johnson scored on an 85-yard run and gained 154 yards. The run defense kept him bottled up except for that one play.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Punter Ben Graham put five kicks inside the 20, including three inside the 5. Rookie LaRod Stephens Howling downed three punts inside the 5 and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.

COACHING: B -- Coach Ken Whisenhunt is being criticized by some fans for his conservative play calling but it was the smart thing to do given that starting quarterback Kurt Warner was out with a concussion. The defense needed to make a play in the final drive, but the lack of a pass rush was startling. Coordinator Bill Davis tried blitzing but the Cardinals couldn't get to Vince Young.

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