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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

By Mike Sando

We're going to shift from Monday night's officiating madness to touch on other matters of import in the NFC West.

My conversation Tuesday with Bernie Miklasz did touch upon Golden Tate's winning touchdown grab against Green Bay, but we also discussed Arizona's defense and what to make of Sam Bradford's rough game in Chicago. We did not cover the San Francisco 49ers this time.

101ESPN St. Louis has posted the audio .

Bernie asked what makes the Cardinals' defense so tough. I noted the top talent at every level of the defense: Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett and Dan Williams up front, Daryl Washington at inside linebacker and Patrick Peterson at cornerback.

Safety Kerry Rhodes and outside linebacker Sam Acho have also stood out at times.

Arizona held Philadelphia to 4.9 yards per play during a 27-6 victory Sunday. That was the third-lowest total for the Eagles in a game since the start of the 2011 season. The Cardinals' defense held Philadelphia to 4.8 per play last season.

The chart ranks defensive performances against Philadelphia since the 2011 opener, ranked by fewest yards per play. The Eagles have averaged 4.9 yards per play in two games against Arizona, compared to 6.1 yards per play against all other opponents. NFL teams have averaged 5.4 yards per play overall during that time.