Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/2/12
It wasn't pretty but the Arizona Cardinals are 4-0 following their 24-21 overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins yesterday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Wow, it was not easy. Let's take a look at Arizona's Report Card for Week Four:

 

Offense: C

The offensive line was a disaster, allowing a season-high eight sacks. It was a lucky thing that Kevin Kolb made it out alive. Kolb (29-48, 324, 3 TD, 2 INT) had an up-and-down game but came through when it mattered most, hitting Andre Roberts with a 15-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 21-all with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation. Roberts had a tremendous game, finishing with six receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Larry Fitzgerald was his usual productive self (eight catches for 64 yards and 1 TD). Fitzgerald caught a pass for the 121st consecutive game, which tied the franchise record held by Mel Gray. Ryan Williams had a very disappointing contest as the new lead back with just 26 yards on 13 carries and was not used in the no huddle offense. This is Williams' chance to impress with Beanie Wells on the shelf until Week 12.

Defense: D +

What happened to the Cardinals' highly-touted defense? They were torched by rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the tune of 431 yards and a touchdown – an 80-yard bomb to Brian Hartline. Hartline set a Dolphins team record with 253 receiving yards on 12 receptions. He looked like Jerry Rice out there. The Cardinals have to tighten up their pass defense or very good teams will beat them. On the positive side, the Red Birds sacked Tannehill four times and intercepted him twice. They also recovered two fumbles. Adrian Wilson returned to the lineup and paced Arizona with eight tackles and added a sack. He also forced a fumble. The Cardinals held Reggie Bush to 67 yards rushing and no receptions out of the backfield.

Special teams: B

Once again, Arizona's special teams were pretty special. Jay Feely was Mr. Clutch, drilling the game-winning 46-yard field goal in overtime to give the Red Birds their eighth straight victory at home. Arizona has one of the premier ST units in the NFL. Punter Dave Zastudil continued his excellent campaign by averaging 48.3 yards per boot, including a 68-yarder and three punts inside the 20. William Powell averaged 30 yards on three kickoff returns, including a 41-yard scamper. Patrick Peterson had an off day as a punt returner with just 18 return yards on four attempts.

 



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