first_img Top Stories Even if the team’s confidence is improved, the win onSunday was anything but solid. The Cardinals only managed to put up 70 yards rushingagainst the league’s worst run defense. Whisenhunt blamedthis on a combination of Cardinals struggles and the Ramsdefense. “I think there were some plays to made in the running gameearly that we didn’t make,” Whisenhunt said. “But St.Louis came in with eight and nine in the box to try andstop the run and make you beat them with the pass.” Quarterback John Skelton was the Cards leading rusher with38 yards. The team’s starting running back, Beanie Wells,has been battling a knee injury since Week 7. The batteredtailback struggled Sunday only gaining 20 yards on tenattempts.Even the hero of Sunday’s game had his struggles. Petersonwas flagged twice for defensive penalties, something therookie DB has struggled with this season. In response,Whisenhunt says penalties are something you should expectfrom a rookie. “It’s really about technique and understanding how youplay that position, when we have issues we have a tendencyto get out of our technique,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s thefocus with Patrick not the way he plays but making sure hedoes it the right way because when he does it the rightway he’s good, but he’s a rookie.” After six long weeks — seven if you include the bye week— the Cardinals finally picked up their second win Sundayagainst the Rams. The team did it in dramatic fashion no less, thanks to aPatrick Peterson 99-yard punt return for a touchdown inovertime to seal the 19-13 victory. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes the win will go a longway for his team. “It was much needed by our football team I think you couldsee that in the emotion of our guys in the locker roomafter,” Whisenhunt said. “When you come in here every dayand you work and you want to do well and things don’t goyour way it’s tough. To have something go your way and towin a game it does a lot to lift the spirits and get theguys to believe in what we’re doing.” Comments   Share   There was also the minor detail of Skelton basicallygiving St. Louis four points with back-to-back safeties. The Cardinals will need to do their best to fix some ofthe issues before traveling to Philadelphia Sunday to takeon the Eagles. Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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