D leading way for Bears, Cards
The Bears and Cardinals are both on the periphery of the playoff picture due to the play of their defenses.
The Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears are both 4-5 and on the periphery of the playoff picture due to the exceptional play of their defenses. Before the season neither was thought to have the components necessary to prop up their offenses, but they are both doing a great job keeping their teams in the playoff hunt.
The first thing I noticed about the defense of Cardinals defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is that it plays with a lot of energy. I see this unit playing with tremendous energy and getting a lot of hats on the ball. More important, the members of the Cardinals' defense seem to enjoy playing together. They also have outstanding gap discipline and reaction skills coupled with an aggressive approach.
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