Four areas proving the Arizona Cardinals remain a work in progress

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Cardinals tackling Woes

You probably stopped counting the number of missed tackles in the game after Teddy Bridgewater’s 18-yard scramble into the end zone. It seemed like every series (and at times every play in a series) the Cardinals missed sure tackles.

And it had nothing to do with the team being without their top three safeties. Sure, Budda Baker, Jalen Thompson, and Chris Banjo probably would’ve helped cut Carolina’s third-down efficiency. Perhaps Baker makes a few of those tackles.

But the Cards front seven looked like a group of replacement players wearing red jerseys on Sunday. If there’s one major area of improvement on defense, it starts with tackling. It’s back to the basics here as the team heads to the northeast to face the winless New York Jets.

And while the Jets have their own issues, the Cardinals struggled to bring down two backup running backs and a quarterback who isn’t known for his ability to scramble. Once again, it’s back to the basics as the Cards fly to New York to take on a team with the aging Frank Gore as its featured back and outside of Jamison Crowder, a pedestrian receiving unit.