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Silver linings: Cardinals at Eagles

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Cardinals fell to 7-5 following a 48-20 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • The Cardinals scored touchdowns on all three trips inside the red zone. Arizona has scored touchdowns on 8 of 11 red-zone chances over the last three games after failing on 9 of 16 during the previous three-game period.

  • Referee Al Riveron assessed only one penalty against the Cardinals. Arizona was averaging 7.5 per game before Week 13. Only the Cowboys and Raiders have committed more penalties this season.

  • Tight end Leonard Pope made a leaping reception for a 25-yard gain despite tight coverage. Injuries have slowed Pope this season. That catch was his best of the season.

  • Larry Fitzgerald caught two more touchdown passes. He has eight this season, two short of his career high.

  • Receiver Anquan Boldin took full responsibility for his uncharacteristically poor performance.

Looking ahead: The Rams visit University of Phoenix Stadium on Dec. 7.