After a 40-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Arizona Cardinals defense looked good. We have seen how good they are overall. Now the overall rankings show that they are one of the best defenses in the league. Entering Week 13, Arizona now has the seventh best defense in yardage allowed. Entering Week 8, they were 16th and they have steadily risen.
Arizona Cardinals NFL Defensive Rankings By Week
They still rank second in the league against the rush, allowing only 81.3 yards per game. Against the Colts, they gave up only 80, including 33 yards that were gained on the final drive for the Colts, when the game was completely decided. 28 other yards came on an Andrew Luck scramble on what was originally a pass play.
But the rush defense has been there all season. The other metrics have come around, too. Here is where the Cards rank in many categories.
Arizona Defensive Rankings - 2013
Rush Yds/Game 2nd
Rush Yds/Play 3rd
Pass Yds/Play 4th
Arizona and Carolina are the only two teams to be ranked in the top 10 in each of those categories.
One of the biggest concerns in the offseason was how the team was going to perform defensively after the departure of Ray Horton. Most expected there to be a step back, some even thought it would be significant.
Who thought that the defense would be even better?
No one is pining the loss of Horton. Todd Bowles has proven himself this season.
With five weeks to go, this team is playing some of its best football. If the defense keeps it up, then Arizona will likely find itself in the postseason and be a very scary opponent to play.