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Arizona secondary giving up big plays at bad times

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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 4:08 pm | Updated: 7:08 pm, Tue Oct 11, 2011.

(AP) — Statistically, the Arizona Cardinals don't have the worst secondary in the NFL. It just seems that way sometimes.

Untimely big plays against a pair of young cornerbacks and a pair of veteran safeties make the Arizona defensive backs an easy target for criticism. When rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson is beaten on a play, it's there for all to see.

Now the team, on a four-game losing streak after a season-opening victory over Carolina, will be without free safety Kerry Rhodes for several weeks with a broken foot. Third-year pro Rashad Johnson will step in.

Arizona ranks 21st out of 32 NFL teams in yards allowed through the air, but that doesn't tell the whole story.

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