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Bills-Cardinals report card

>Grading the Bills

Running game: C

Averaged 4.9 per carry, but never established a consistent rhythm once they fell behind.

Passing game: C-

Losman relieved Edwards and produced two TDs, one an 87-yard bomb to Evans. But overall, he showed why he's no longer a starter.

Run defense: C

Held James in check for most part, but looked bad on Hightower's two touchdown runs. Whitner felt soft run D let Cards set the tone.

Pass defense: F

Very little pass rush, soft coverage, poor tackling . . . Have we forgotten anything? Not sure McGee would have made a major difference.

Special teams: C

Lindell hasn't missed from inside 40 yards since Dec. 11, 2005. Just thought Bills fans might like some positive news.

Coaching: D

Team talked about playing its best game, coaches didn't have them ready to do it. Fewell becoming a little predictable on his blitzes.


>Grading the Cardinals

Running game: B

Kept the Bills honest with 123 yards, 3 TDs and 3.6 average per carry. Not bad for team that was last in NFL in yards per rush coming in.

Passing game: A

Warner looked like the MVP of nine years ago, picking apart the hapless Bills with short, precise throws.

Run defense: B-

Passing game was the key, forcing Bills to play from behind. Bills had only 17 carries, a season low.

Pass defense: A-

Botched coverage on Evans' 87-yard TD, but come on, these were the same guys who got torched for six passing TDs the week before.

Special teams: B

Didn't allow McKelvin to hurt them on returns. Ali Highsmith looked like Ali, Muhammad when he crushed McKelvin on one return.

Coaching: A

Clearly fired up after losing two in row on Eastern trip. Offensive game plan was inspired.

-- Compiled by News football writers

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