Cardinals vs. Jaguars: Team and offensive facts from road victory

Scott Cunningham

What was notable with the offensive performance in the 27-14 win?

With their 27-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguarson Sunday, the Cardinals improved their record to 6-4 on the year. That represents the team's best record through 10 games since 2009 (7-3).

    Another Win In Florida

    Having defeated the Buccaneers 13-10 in Tampa Bay in Week 4 and the Jaguars 27-14 in Jacksonvilleon Sunday, the Cardinals earned two victories in the state of Florida this season. Arizona had never won two games in Florida in the same season. Between 1989 and 2012, Arizona had two total wins in five games in the Sunshine State.

    Prior to this season, the last time the Cardinals had multiple wins in a state during a single season was in California during the 2001 campaign, when Arizona defeated San Diego 20-17 on 11/25 and Oakland 34-31 in OT on 12/2.

      Arians at the Top

      Following the victory over Jacksonville on Sunday, head coach Bruce Arians has the Cardinals at 6-4 this season. His six are the most by a Cardinals head coach through his first 10 games since Charley Winner went 7-2-1 in 1966. Among all-time head coaches only Winner, Norm Barry in 1925 (8-1-1) and Arnie Horween in 1923 (7-3) ever posted more wins through their first 10 games.

      Among the seven first-year head coaches in the NFL in 2013, Arians is tied with Chicago's Marc Trestman and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly for most wins among the group.

      Record of 1st Year NFL Head Coaches

      Coach (Team) W-L

      Bruce Arians (Arizona) 6-4
      Marc Trestman (Chicago) 6-4
      Chip Kelly (Philadelphia) 6-5
      Mike McCoy (San Diego) 4-6
      Rob Chudzinski (Cleveland) 4-6
      Doug Marrone (Buffalo) 4-7
      Gus Bradley (Jacksonville) 1-9

      Moving Up In The West

      The Cardinals (27-14 over Jacksonville) and Seahawks (41-20 over Minnesota) both earned victories in Week 11 and combined with San Francisco's 23-20 loss to New Orleans, the Cardinals and 49ers both sit at 6-4 heading into Week 12. Arizona lost to San Fran 32-20 in Week 6, but the two teams square off again in the regular season finale in Arizona.

      2013 NFC West Standings

      Team W L

      Seattle 10 1
      San Francisco 6 4
      Arizona 6 4
      St. Louis 4 6

      With The Win On Sunday

      After defeating the Jaguars 27-14 on Sunday, the Cardinals...

      • Have scored 27 points in 3 consecutive games. Arizona didn't score 27 points in any of the first 7 games of ‘13
      • Improved to 4-0 when allowing 20 points or fewer
      • Improved to 3-0 when winning the turnover battle
      • Improved to 4-0 when recording multiple INTs
      • Improved to 5-1 when losing the coin toss
      • Improved to 4-1 when leading after three quarters, including wins in each of the last four of those contests

      Historic Day For Palmer

      QB Carson Palmer had an historic day for the Cardinalson Sunday, completing 30 of 42 pass attempts (71.4%) for 419 yards, two TDs, 0 INTs and a passer rating of 119.0. With the performance, Palmer became the first QB in franchise history to throw for 400+ yards and complete 70+ percent of his passes in a win.

      Prior to Sunday's game, two QBs in team history had completed at least 70.0% of their passes while throwing for at least 400 yards in a game - Kurt Warner (484, 11/25/07 vs. SF, 70.8%; 472, 9/28/08 @ NYJ, 70.2%) and Neil Lomax (468, 12/16/84 @ Was, 80.4%) - and the Cardinals lost all three of those contests.

      There have now been 11 400-yard passing performances in Cardinals history. Yesterday's game marked just the fifth time in team history a Cardinals QB threw for 400+ yards in a win. Palmer became the first Arizona QB since Boomer Esiason on 11/10/96 (522 yards in 37-34 OT victory @ Washington) to throw for at least 400 yards in a victory.

      With the performance, Palmer established season highs in passing yards (419), passer rating (119.0), completion percentage (71.4), yards per pass attempt (9.98) and tied his season high for completions (30) and TD passes (2).

      Palmer's 419 passing yardson Sundayrepresent the second-highest single game total of his career. It also marks his sixth career game with 400+ yards passing and first since 11/4/12 vs. Tampa Bay.

      Palmer's Career 400-Yard Passing Games

      Yds Opponent

      440 11/12/06 vs. San Diego
      419 11/17/13 @ Jacksonville
      417 1/1/12 vs. San Diego
      414 11/4/12 vs. Tampa Bay
      412 10/24/10 @ Atlanta
      401 9/16/07 @ Cleveland

      Palmer was the only QB in the NFL to throw for 400+ yards in Week 11. Following Palmer's 419 yards, the next highest total belonged to Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 367 yards vs. Detroit.

      Palmer Hot During Cards 3-Game Win Streak

      During the Cardinals current three-game win streak, Palmer has completed 63 of 92 pass attempts (68.5%) for 832 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs and a passer rating of 109.5. Palmer now has 9 TD passes over the last five games, after throwing 5 TD passes in the first five games. He has thrown for multiple TD passes in three consecutive games and in four of the last five games overall.

        Palmer Hits Floyd For Milestone Touchdown

      In the third quarter of yesterday's win, Carson Palmer hit WR Michael Floyd for a 91-yard TD pass that gave the Cardinals a 24-14 lead.

      Combined with the 80-yard TD run by RB Andre Ellington in Week 8 vs. Atlanta, the Cardinals became the first team since the 1971 Cincinnati Bengals to post a 80+ yard TD run and a 90+ yard TD pass in the same season. For the '71 Bengals, Speedy Thomas had a 90-yard TD reception and RB Essex Johnson had an 86-yard TD run.

      The Cardinals became the first team since the 1962 Denver Broncos to have a 90-yard touchdown reception and 80-yard touchdown run in the first 10 games of a season.

      The pass from Palmer to Floyd on Sunday is tied for the sixth-longest play from scrimmage in franchise history and longest since Neil Lomax hit Ernie Jones for a 93-yard TD on 12/10/88 vs. Philadelphia.

      Franchise History-Longest Pass Plays

      Yds Play Opponent

      98 Jim Hart to Ahmad Rashad vs. L.A Rams, Dec. 10, 1972
      98 Ogden Compton to Dick Lane (TD) @ Green Bay, Nov. 13, 1955
      98 Doug Russell to Gaynell Tinsley (TD) vs. Cleveland, Nov. 27, 1938
      97 Pat Coffey to Gaynell Tinsley (TD) vs. Chicago, Dec. 5, 1937
      93 Neil Lomax to Ernie Jones (TD) vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 1988
      91 Carson Palmer to Michael Floyd (TD) @ Jacksonville, Nov. 17, 2013
      91 M.C. Reynolds to John David Crow (TD) @ Cleveland, Oct. 12, 1958

      Palmer's TD pass to Floyd is the longest passing TD in the NFL this season while Ellington's 80-yard TD run is tied for the second-longest TD run in 2013. Arizona now has two of the 12 longest offensive TDs in the NFL in 2013.

        NFL's Longest Offensive TDs in 2013

      Dist Type Team Player(s)

      93 Rushing Oakland Terrelle Pryor
      91 Passing Arizona Carson Palmer to Michael Floyd
      83 Passing Green Bay Aaron Rodgers to James Jones
      82 Passing Cincinnati Andy Dalton to A.J. Green
      82 Passing Dallas Tony Romo to Terrance Williams
      81 Passing New England Tom Brady to Aaron Dobson
      81 Passing St. Louis Kellen Clemens to Tavon Austin
      81 Passing Atlanta Matt Ryan to Julio Jones
      80 Rushing Arizona Andre Ellington
      80 Passing Atlanta Matt Ryan to Harry Douglas
      80 Passing Seattle Russell Wilson to Golden Tate
      80 Rushing Oakland Rashad Jennings

      The 91-yard TD pass was the longest pass of Palmer's career. Prior to Sunday, Palmer's longest career TD pass was 78 yards (twice).

        Floyd Posts Career Game

      WR Michael Floyd, who was listed as questionable for the game with a shoulder injury, had six receptions for 193 yards against the Jaguarson Sunday, including the 91-yard TD reception from Palmer. It marked Floyd's second career 100-yard receiving game and first since recording 166 yards in the 2012 season finale in San Francisco.

      Floyd's 193 yardson Sundayrepresent the 7th-best single game total in franchise history and the most since Anquan Boldin recorded 217 yards on 10 receptions at Detroit on 9/7/03. It was the highest receiving total in the NFL for Week 11 and it tied for the 6th-best total for a single game in the NFL so far this season.

        NFL Leaders-Single Game Receiving Yards (2013)

        Yds Player (Team) Opponent Rec

        329 WR Calvin Johnson (Det) 10/27 vs. Dallas 14
        229 WR Andre Johnson (Hou) 11/3 vs. Indianapolis 9
        218 WR Alshon Jeffery (Chi) 10/6 vs. New Orleans 10
        208 WR Anquan Boldin (SF) 9/8 vs. Green Bay 13
        196 WR Antonio Brown (Pit) 9/22 vs. Chicago 9
        193 WR Michael Floyd (Ari) 11/17 @ Jacksonville 6
        193 WR DeSean Jackson (Phi) 9/15 vs. San Diego 9

        Floyd averaged 32.16 yards per reception against the Jaguars, a franchise record for a player with at least six receptions. In the last 23 years (since 1990), only seven NFL players averaged more yards per reception than Floyd did against the Jaguars (min. 6 rec.).

          NFL Leaders-Single Game Rec. Avg. (1990-2013)

          Avg Player (Team) Opponent Yds Rec

          43.00 Qadry Ismail (Bal) 12/12/99 vs. Pit 258 6
          34.67 Rod Gardner (Was) 10/21/01 vs. Car 208 6
          33.71 Justin Blackmon (Jax) 11/18/12 vs. Hou 236 7
          33.33 Torrance Small (NO) 12/24/94 vs. Den 200 6
          33.00 Terance Mathis (Atl) 12/13/98 vs. NO 198 6
          32.67 Eric Moulds (Buf) 11/25/01 vs. Mia 196 6
          32.67 Eric Moulds (Buf) 12/6/98 vs. Cin 196 6
          32.17 Michael Floyd (Ari) 11/17/13 vs. Jax 193 6

          Floyd's six receptions went for 11, 22, 22, 37, 91 and 10 yards on Sunday. He became the first Cardinals player with at least four receptions of 20+ yards in a game since Fitzgerald had four on 12/6/09 vs. Minnesota.

          Floyd now has 11 receptions of 20+ yards this season, a team-high. As a rookie in 2012, Floyd had six receptions of 20+ yards in 16 games.

          Following his performanceon Sunday, Floyd has now surpassed most of his totals from his entire rookie season in 2012.

          Floyd in 2012 vs. 1st 10 in 2013

          Stat 2012 2013

          Games 16 10
          Receptions 45 42
          Receiving Yards 562 657
          TDs 2 3
          Long Rec. 53 91t
          Rec. of 20+ Yds 6 11
          1st Downs 26 28

          Sunday's game was the 26th of Floyd's career. After hauling in six receptions against the Jaguars, he now has multiple receptions in 19 straight games - after totaling multiple receptions just once in his first seven career outings.

          Cards Attack Jaguars Pass Defense

          The Jaguars entered last week's game allowing 235.9 net passing yards per contest. Arizona finished with 402 net yards passingon Sunday.

          Jacksonville had not allowed a 300-yard passer since 11/18/12 vs. Houston. Palmer finished the game with 419 pass yards.

          Entering yesterday's game, Jacksonville had allowed just one 100-yard receiver all year (100, Reggie Wayne, Week 4). Floyd finished with 193 yards on six receptions.

          Winning Possession

          The Cardinals held a 35:53 to 24:07 advantage in time of possession against Jacksonville on Sunday. Arizona's 35:53 time of possession was its highest in a single game since 10/18/09 @ Seattle when the Cardinals held the ball for 42:50 in a 27-3 victory.

          Arizona won time of possession in each quarter on Sunday:

          1st Quarter: 10:01 to 4:59
          2nd Quarter: 7:51 to 7:09
          3rd Quarter: 10:08 to 4:52
          4th Quarter: 7:53 to 7:07

          Sunday's game marked the fifth time this season the Cardinals have held an advantage in time of possession, and third time in the last four games.

          Another Big Day For The Tight Ends

          The Cardinals tight end trio of Rob Housler, Jim Dray and Jake Ballard played a key role in the passing game against the Jaguars on Sunday, combining for nine receptions and 117 yards. That is the highest total from the TE position in a single game this season. Combined with their performance in Week 10 vs. Houston, Arizona TEs have combined for 15 receptions, 198 yards and a TD over the last two games.

          Of the 15 receptions for the three TEs over the last two games, 10 have gone for first downs.

          Third-year TE Rob Housler had another solid outing yesterday, totaling six receptions for 70 yards. Housler now has 10 receptions for 127 yards and a TD over the last two games.

          Turnover Free Football

          The Cardinals posted a turnover free performance in the win over the Jaguars on Sunday. It marked the first time since Week 3 of the 2012 season that Arizona went without a giveaway, snapping a streak of 22 consecutive games with at least one turnover (INT or fumble).

          Feely Continues His Streaks

          After hitting both FG attempts against the Jaguars on Sunday (21 and 32 yards), K Jay Feely has now connected on 17 consecutive FG attempts this season, the fourth-longest streak in franchise history. Feely now has at least a share in four of the five longest FG streaks in team history.

          Franchise Record-Consecutive FGs Made

          FG Player (Year)

          31 Neil Rackers (Games 1-10, 2005)

          19 Jay Feely (Game 11 in 2011-Game 5, 2012)

          18 Jay Feely (Games 3-13, 2010)

          17 Jay Feely (Games 2-10, 2013)

          15 Jay Feely (Games 8 in 2012-Game 1, 2013)

          15 Neil Rackers (Games 5-11, 2008)

          Feely has now hit on 18 of 19 FGAs this season and 32 of his last 33 attempts dating back to 2012. After hitting from 21 and 32 yards out on Sunday, Feely has now connected on 29 consecutive FG attempts under 50 yards.

          Feely was also good on all three PATs on Sunday and is 20 of 20 on the season. Feely has now successfully converted 342 consecutive PATs dating back to 11/9/03, which ranks as the longest active streak in the NFL.

          Consecutive PATs-Longest Active Streak

          PATs Player

          342 Jay Feely (Arizona)
          340 Stephen Gostkowski (New England)\
          270 Rob Bironas (Tennessee)
          258 Nick Folk (NY Jets)
          211 Billy Cundiff (Cleveland)

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