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Handing out mid-season grades to the Arizona Cardinals

Halfway through the 2014 season, the Arizona Cardinals are in pretty good shape.

They have an NFL-best 7-1 record and a two-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, all while being without starting quarterback Carson Palmer for three games.

Asked to give his team a grade at the midway point, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said an ‘A.’

“Other than one quarter of football in Denver we’ve played pretty solid every quarter.”

Arians, who also said he would have been a teacher if not a football coach, might have been a pretty forgiving grader. How many of us wouldn’t have minded him going over our midterms?

Anyway, here’s how I grade the team.