We've already graded the offense after its performance in the Ravens' 26-18 loss at Arizona. Now it's time to hand out the report card to the defense and special teams:
DEFENSIVE LINE: B-
The Cardinals totaled 150 rushing yards, but of course 60 of those come with a huge asterisk, as Chris Johnson's 62-yard run should have been blown dead when his forward progress stopped with Brandon Williams holding on to him. Chris Canty was back in action for the first time in a month, and after being run over on his first snap, he was strong all night. He finished with six tackles, the most he's had in his three years with the Ravens, with one for a loss.
Zach Orr and C.J. Mosley recorded sacks, and Elvis Dumervil applied consistent pressure. Twice he knocked Carson Palmer's hand just as he released the ball. But Dumervil whiffed on the tackle on Chris Johnson's first-quarter touchdown run, and Ravens linebackers still struggle in coverage. Albert McClellan and Za'Darius Smith didn't make much of an impact as pass rushers.
The Ravens clearly didn't want to get beaten deep, but giving Cardinals receivers a 10- or 12-yard cushion at the line of scrimmage made it just too easy for Carson Palmer. It's puzzling why the Cardinals didn't attack the secondary more often. Palmer did take shots deep at times, dropping a 35-yard throw in to John Brown, with Shareece Wright on coverage. Kyle Arrington has clearly fallen out of favor; he played just three defensive snaps. The Ravens once again failed to create any takeaways; that's now four straight games without an interception. It was a rough first start for safety Brynden Trawick, who missed a tackle on Chris Johnson's touchdown run and was called for pass interference in the end zone.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C+
Two of the game's biggest plays involved the Ravens special teams: Jeremy Ross' fumbled punt return led to an Arizona touchdown, and Asa Jackson's blocked punt led to a Ravens touchdown. Justin Tucker made his only field-goal attempt, and the Ravens did a good job containing dangerous return man Patrick Peterson. Kudos to Sam Koch and Darren Waller for executing a punt that was downed an inch from the goal line.