Cardinals vs. Jaguars: Defensive notes in Week 11 win

Scott Cunningham

What did the defense achieve in the 27-14 win?

The Cardinals had some notable achievements defensively in their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here they are, as shared by the team.

Cards Move Up In Run Defense

The Cardinals held the Jaguars to just 32 rushing yards on 16 attemptsSunday, allowing just 2.0 yards per attempt. Arizona is now allowing just 81.4 rushing yards per game this season, the second-lowest total in the NFL behind only the NY Jets (73.2).

    NFL Leaders - Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed/Game

YPG Team

73.2 NY Jets
81.4 Arizona
82.0 Carolina
92.7 Denver
94.6 Detroit

Arizona has allowed a total of 135 rushing yards on 51 attempts during its current three-game win streak, an average of 45 yards per game and 2.6 yards per attempt.

For the season, Arizona ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per play (3.39).

Arizona held Pro Bowl RB Maurice Jones-Drew to just 23 yards on 14 carries (1.6 avg.)on Sunday. It marked the seventh time this season that Arizona held its opponent's leading rusher under 60 yards for the game. Below is a breakdown of each of the opponent's leading rushers this season:

Opponent Leading Rushers By Game

Game Yds Player Att Avg

@ StL 63 RB Daryl Richardson 20 2.6
vs. Det 31 RB Joique Bell 8 3.8
@ NO 38 RB Khiry Robinson 4 9.5
@ TB 45 RB Doug Martin 27 1.7
vs. Car 39 RB DeAngelo Williams 12 3.3
@ SF 101 RB Frank Gore 25 4.0
vs. Sea 91 RB Marshawn Lynch 21 4.3
vs. Atl 13 QB Matt Ryan 1 13.0
vs. Hou 56 RB Ben Tate 15 3.7
@ Jax 23 RB Maurice Jones-Drew 23 1.6

Second Half Shutdown

The Cardinals and Jaguars entered halftime of Sunday's game tied at 14. Arizona then held Jacksonville scoreless in the second half while allowing just 129 total yards on 35 plays, an average of 3.7 yards per play. The Cardinals have now held an opponent scoreless in the second half three times this season. Arizona, Kansas City, Carolina and Pittsburgh are the only teams in the NFL to hold their opponent scoreless in the second half at least three times in '13.

After Jacksonville scored TDs on its first two possessions of the game, their remaining 12 possessions:

  • Consisted of 8 punts, 2 INTs, a missed FG and one drive that ended on downs
  • Totaled 190 net yards of offense on 50 plays, with an average of 3.8 yards per play
  • Featured 11 possessions of 6 plays or fewer
  • Had a long drive of 10 plays for 45 yards, a drive that ended on downs
  • Had 6 drives that consisted of 4 plays or fewer

Abraham Gets #129

LB John Abraham recorded the 129th sack of his career when he took down Jaguars QB Chad Henne in the third quarter on Sunday. Abraham has now established a franchise record with 7.0 sacks over a four-game stretch, surpassing the previous record of 6.5 by Curtis Greer (1983).

Abraham now has at least one sack in four consecutive games for the first time since the final game of the 2007 season (12/30 vs. Seattle) and the first three games of the 2008 season (9/7 vs. Detroit, 9/14 @ Tampa Bay and 9/21 vs. Kansas City). His four straight games with a sack ties the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

Franchise Record-Consecutive Games with a Sack

Gms Player (Year)

7 DE Curtis Greer (Games 13-16, 1984-Games 1-3, 1985)

5 DE Chike Okeafor (Games 12-16, 2006)

DE Curtis Greer (Games 6-10, 1984)

DE Al Baker (Games 12-16, 1984)

4 LB John Abraham (Games 7-10, 2013)

DT Darnell Dockett (Games 8-11, 2009)

DE Bertrand Berry (Games 1-3, 6, 2008)

DE Bertrand Berry (Games 11-14, 2004)

DE Simeon Rice (Games 1-4, 1996)

DL Eric Swann (Games 10-13, 1995)

DE Curtis Greer (Games 2-5, 1983)

With the takedown, Henne became the 64th QB Abraham has sacked during his career. He is the fourth different Jaguars QB that Abraham has taken down in his career, joining Blaine Gabbert, David Garrard and Byron Leftwich.

Takeaways Continue to Pile Up

The Cardinals defense recorded two INTs of Jacksonville's Chad Henne on Sunday. Arizona now has 22 takeaways on the year, with only Seattle (26) and Kansas City (24) recording more this season.

NFL Leaders - Takeaways

TA Team INT FR

26 Seattle 16 10

24 Kansas City 12 12

22 Arizona 14 8

22 Dallas 12 10

22 Chicago 14 8

Arizona's 14 INTs this season are also tied for third-most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Interceptions

INT Team

16 Seattle

16 Buffalo

14 Arizona

14 Chicago

13 Carolina, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia

Miscellaneous Stats

CB Jerraud Powers led the team with six tackles while also recording his first INT of the season and first as a member of the Cardinals. He also added a team-high two passes defensed, giving him 10 passes defensed over the last three games.

The Cardinals were one of just three road teams to earn a victory in Week 11, joining Indianapolis (30-27 @ Tennessee on Thursday night) and Oakland (28-23 @ Houston). Overall, road teams are 3-11 so far in Week 11.

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