Silver linings: Cardinals at Rams

October, 5, 2012
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The facts: The Arizona Cardinals fell to 4-1 with a 17-3 road defeat to the St. Louis Rams in Week 5.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • The Cardinals have nine days between games, time that should be valuable as a long list of players treat injuries.
  • Quarterback Kevin Kolb withstood punishment better than he did last season, when injuries limited him to nine games. He also avoided interceptions.
  • Patrick Peterson made a leaping interception in the end zone. He also averaged 15.2 yards on five punt returns.
  • Second-year tight end Rob Housler made positive contributions in the receiving game, continuing a recent trend. He had three catches for 45 yards and wasn't afraid to take on defenders.
  • Arizona held the Rams to 12 first downs and 242 yards. Sam Bradford completed only 7 of 21 passes.
  • The Cardinals held a nine-minute advantage in time of possession.
  • Inside linebacker Daryl Washington collected a sack, his fourth of the season. He and outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield had two quarterback hits apiece.
  • This is only the third "silver linings" file for Arizona in the last 340 days. The other NFC West teams have had 20, counting playoffs.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals are home against Buffalo in Week 6.

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