What has been the best performance of the 1st half for the Arizona Cardinals?

Michael Thomas

You will notice that almost all of them are on the defensive side of the ball.

Eight weeks into the season and we can sit back and relax a week with the bye week for the Arizona Cardinals. Naturally, that means some of us won't know what to do because what is a Sunday without our Cardinals?

Anyway, halfway through the season, why not look at some of the best individual performances of the first half for the Cardinals.

Here are some of them:

Andre Ellington, Week 8

This is fresh in our minds. All he did was carry the ball 15 times for 154 yards and a score -- an 80-yarder. He also caught two passes for eight yards. In fact, thanks to Shaun Church, who tweeted me this during our last podcast episode, Ellington had four runs (80, 22, 19, 12) that exceeded Rashard Mendenhall's longest three runs of 2013 (11 yards three different times).

Rashad Johnson, Week 8

He picked off two passes by Matt Ryan, got his hands on three other passes and had a tackle. Not bad.

Calais Campbell, Week 8

His name is going to come up more than once. Against the Falcons, he logged five solo tackles, a sack, two tackles for losses and two deflected passes.

John Abraham, Week 7

Against the Seattle Seahawks, he had two sacks and forced fumbles.

Larry Fitzgerald, Week 6

In San Francisco, he caught six passes for 117 yards and a score, which was a 75-yard catch and run.

Karlos Dansby, Week 6

He has been filling the stat sheet all year. Against the Niners, he had 11 tackles, half a sack. a forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Dansby and Daryl Washington, Week 5

In Washington's return from his suspension, the two had an almost identical game. Washington had nine tackles, while Dansby had eight. Each had two sacks and an interception. Each deflected another pass. Dansby had two tackles for losses and Washington had three. They were incredible.

Patrick Peterson, Week 4

Peterson picked off two passes that game, including the game clincher.

Tyrann Mathieu, Week 1

In his NFL debut, he logs seven tackles and perhaps the play of the year. His forced fumble kept Jared Cook from scoring what would have been a touchdown.

Which is the best performance of the year so far?

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