Ryan Lindley shows improvement despite unimpressive numbers

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Even though the rookie QB didn't fill up the stat sheet, he did enough to impress his coaches and get the win.

Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley may not have impressed Cardinals fans with gaudy numbers by going 14-of-21 for 104 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's win against the Detroit Lions, but he did enough.

In fact, the former San Diego State Aztec did more than enough, leading the Cardinals to a 38-10 win at home, and showed marked improvement in the process.

"You can definitely see improvement as far as how he mentally and physically went into that game and handled it," head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "Now, we've got to see better as we continue to progress, that's the expectation. I want to see him make some more throws, have a little bit more production, and hopefully that will happen."

The victory ended a nine-game losing streak for Arizona, and earned Lindley his first win at the NFL level. The Cardinals rookie has a lot more room for growth, though. In 2012, he has yet to throw a touchdown pass, has thrown six interceptions and is completing just 51.1 percent of his passes.

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