The win the Arizona Cardinals had over the St. Louis Rams was their third in four games. While they still sit at 4-7 and more or less out of any playoff scenario unless they win out, they have made strides in their play. In fact, individually, there was a group of Cardinals player recognized on Pro Football Focus as having been graded the highest at their position for the week. OL Daryn Colledge, DL Darnell Dockett and LB Daryl Washington all made Week 12 "All-PFF Team".
Washington has been almost a weekly regular. He graded out at +3.8, behind only Takeo Spikes. Wahsington was praised for his play in coverage, allowing three catches for 20 yards and deflecting one in five targets.
Dockett just beat out teammate Calais Campbell. Dockett isn't getting a ton of ticks in the stat line, but he got credit for five "QB disruptions" and two defensive stops on run plays. His Week 12 grade was +3.3.
Colledge was a +6.7, only behind QB Aaron Rodgers on offense for the highest overall grade. In another related post, they described his play as "his finest as a pro" and in this article that "he could be worth the money" he got for his contract in the offseason.
Perhaps the greater accomplishment was that there was even a single player that was on the "Bad day" list PFF does. It seems that at least one player is always on that list.
Maybe things are changing. Or maybe the Cardinals were fortunate to play a team that is much worse than they are.