The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
The Cardinals rallied from a 23-0 deficit in the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie the game with a play that left receiver Early Doucet wide open in the end zone when Arizona trailed by seven.
The Cardinals held the Bengals to 301 yards. They allowed no plays longer than 23 yards.
Calais Campbell collected another sack, his eighth of the season. He had seven tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Rookie Sam Acho collected his sixth sack of the season.
Adrian Wilson had a pass defensed and a forced fumble.
Kerry Rhodes recovered two fumbles.
Beanie Wells picked up three yards on fourth-and-2 when the Cardinals were making their comeback in the fourth quarter.
Doucet's 27-yard reception in the fourth quarter moved the Cardinals past midfield for the first time.
Arizona is a home victory away from finishing 8-8, an improvement of three games from last season.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals close out the regular season at home against the Seattle Seahawks.