Coughlin lauds Cards' eighth-ranked run defense

November, 24, 2008
11/24/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals are allowing 89.5 yards rushing per game after holding the Giants' league-leading rushing attack to 87 yards on 27 carries.

The Cardinals' opponents are averaging 3.7 yards per carry. One of the Cardinals' last six opponents -- the 49ers with Frank Gore -- averaged more than 3.9 yards per carry.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin offered high praise for Arizona's run defense.

"They are an outstanding defensive team against the run," Coughlin said. "They probably play their eight-man front scheme as well as anybody that we have played."

Linebacker Karlos Dansby and strong safety Adrian Wilson deserve consideration for the Pro Bowl.

I have a better appreciation for Wilson's impact after watching the Cardinals every week. He's a skilled blitzer, sure tackler and hard hitter. He can also make plays on the ball. Not many safeties could make the type of interception he made against the 49ers on Monday night.

Wilson is a threat to knock out the opposing quarterback every week. He came close to getting a blind-side shot on Eli Manning, but the Giants had a screen called and Manning threw the ball.

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