Arizona vs. Seattle Full Roster Report Card Grades for Arizona

Andrew Nordmeier@@AndrewNordmeierContributor IIIOctober 21, 2013

Arizona vs. Seattle Full Roster Report Card Grades for Arizona

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    Carson Palmer is sacked by a Seattle defender in Week 7.
    Carson Palmer is sacked by a Seattle defender in Week 7.Norm Hall/Getty Images

    Where do the Arizona Cardinals go from here?

    They lost to the Seattle Seahawks 34-22 Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals fell to 3-4 and 0-3 in the NFC West with the loss. Seattle is atop the NFC West and three games ahead of them at 6-1.

    Quarterback Carson Palmer threw two interceptions in this game. That ran his streak to five consecutive games with at least two interceptions. Palmer also found himself on the turf often as Seattle sacked him seven times. 

    The running game was stuffed all night, and the Seattle defense proved to be too tough for the Cardinals to break through. 

    Arizona hosts the Atlanta Falcons in its next game. The Falcons knocked off the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 to improve to 2-4 on the season. 

    Click the start button below, and see how the team grades out from this game. 


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    Quarterback: Carson Palmer

    Palmer was the only quarterback for the Cardinals against Seattle. He finished the night with 258 passing yards on 30-of-45 passing. He threw a touchdown pass to Jaron Brown with 4:34 left in the game, but it was too little, too late. 

    His offensive line didn't do him any favors as Palmer was sacked seven times and took a total of 13 quarterback hits on the night. 

    The good news is that Palmer looked more comfortable in this short passing game like he had last season with the Oakland Raiders. Perhaps this might be employed in the future to minimize interceptions.

    Grade: D

Running Backs

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    Running backs: Rashard Mendenhall, Alfonso Smith and Andre Ellington

    The running backs were stumped by Seattle. Mendenhall and Ellington combined for 15 carries for 25 yards. Mendenhall scored a three-yard rushing touchdown that was set up by a fumble recovery deep in Seattle territory. 

    Smith and Ellington combined for six catches for 40 yards out of the backfield but didn't have much of an impact. 

    The Seahawks are tough to run on, and the Cardinals found that out firsthand. Mendenhall's touchdown is the only thing saving this unit from an F.

    Grade: D

Wide Receivers

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    Wide receivers: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Jaron Brown, Andre Roberts

    The switch to a shorter passing game benefited the statistics of the receivers in this game. Michael Floyd led the Cardinals with six catches for 71 yards. Andre Roberts had his best game since the opener with five catches and 33 yards. Larry Fitzgerald finished with only two catches for 17 yards. 

    That's what happens when one of the best secondaries in the league takes away any real chance of a deep pass. 

    Grade: C-

Tight Ends

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    Tight ends: Rob Housler and Jim Dray

    Housler had his best game of the season with seven receptions for 53 yards on seven targets. Dray caught one of his two targets for eight yards. 

    Palmer finally looked comfortable with his tight ends, which bodes well for the rest of the season. They were both also used as blockers, which didn't go so well. They didn't open running lanes and failed to help with blocking on pass plays. 

    Grade: D

Offensive Line

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    Offensive Linemen: Bradley Sowell, Daryn Colledge, Lyle Sendlein, Paul Fanaika, Eric Winston and Mike Gibson

    The offensive line failed to open running lanes.

    The offensive line failed to keep Palmer upright, allowing seven sacks for 54 yards in losses.

    The offensive line failed to exit the game intact. Colledge left the game with a back injury and didn't return. Gibson got thrown in, and Palmer continued to end up like the photograph with this slide. 

    The offensive line failed. 

    Grade: F

Defensive Line

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    Defensive Line: Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Alameda Ta'amu, Frostee Rucker, Marcus Benard

    Campbell played just four days after suffering a bruised spine against the San Francisco 49ers. He finished with a team-high eight tackles, and one of them was for a loss. 

    The rest of the defensive line didn't do much that appeared on a stat sheet. They were busy trying to chase down Marshawn Lynch of Seattle. He had 91 yards on 21 carries, and it made him a constant player to focus on. 

    Grade: C-



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    Linebackers: Daryl Washington, John Abraham and Matt Shaughnessy

    Arizona's linebackers had a productive game. Abraham had two sacks while Shaugnessy had a sack and a fumble recovery in the loss. 

    The downside is that Arizona gave up two more touchdowns to tight ends in this game. Someone needs to step in and focus on shutting that position down. It's even more important when Tony Gonzalez and the Falcons roll into town next week. 

    The unit didn't help much to shut down the run as Seattle finished with 4.2 yards per carry in the win. The rushing defense could use some improvement and so could Arizona's passing defense. 

    Grade: C-

Defensive Backs

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    Patrick Peterson covers Golden Tate.
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    Defensive Backs: Patrick Peterson, Yeremiah Bell, Antoine Cason, Rashad Johnson, Justin Bethel, Jerraud Powers, Javier Arenas and Tyrann Mathieu

    The backs were busy with Golden Tate, Sidney Rice and Zach Miller in the game as each receiver had at least three catches in that trio. 

    The defensive backfield was just okay. Nothing really stood out in either direction.

    Grade: C


Special Teams

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    Kicker: Jay Feely  Punter: Dave Zastudil

    Feely was Arizona's best offensive weapon against Seattle. He hit all three of his field-goal attempts and knocked through an extra point to account for 10 of the team's 22 points. He had 49-, 52- and 22-yard field goals.

    Zastudil was only needed four times. He had a solid average of 49.3 yards per punt and dropped one of them inside the 20-yard line. 

    Grade: B