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Arizona Cardinals earn third-quarter ‘A’ from Fox Sports

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, right, catches a 10-yard pass for a touchdown as St. Louis Rams linebacker Akeem Ayers defends during the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

There’s no two ways about it — the Arizona Cardinals have been one of the NFL’s best and most consistent teams in 2015.

Currently riding a six-game winning streak that includes impressive wins over the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals, Bruce Arians’ team sits at 10-2 and has a comfortable three-game lead in the NFC West with just four regular-season games remaining.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports handed out his third-quarter NFL report cards the Cardinals are one of five teams to earn an ‘A’ for the session.

Of the three straight teams head coach Bruce Arians has fielded with double-digit wins, the 2015 Cardinals are best suited for a deep postseason run, thanks to a balanced offense, excellent deep passing game and defense that excels at forcing turnovers.

Marvez had previously given the Cardinals a ‘B’ in the first quarter and a ‘B+’ at midseason.

The Cardinals boast the league’s top offense, averaging 419.5 yards and 31.8 points per game. Their defense ranks fourth overall, yielding an average of 316.8 yards per contest. Arizona is the only team in the league to be ranked in the top five in both total offense and total defense.

The Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals also earned ‘A’ grades at the three-quarter mark, while the New England Patriots got an ‘A-‘.

The undefeated Carolina Panthers were the only team to get a mark of ‘A+’.

In what may be a much more telling sign of the league this season, Marvez gave 10 teams an overall third-quarter grade of ‘D’ or worse, with the Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans all earning ‘Fs’.

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