It took a big team effort for the Arizona Cardinals to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 17-10 on the road, the first time Seattle had suffered a loss at home in over two years. But we went to Pro Football Focus to find out who did the best and the worst work.
Believe it or not, the highest graded player for Arizona was right tackle Eric Winston, who has been a disappointment to most fans this season. He did great work in the running game, earning a +2.6 in that area alone. He finished with a +2.8.
On defense, it was Jerraud Powers that was lauded. He was recognized for what people saw in real time, but the in-game grading also came back high. He was targeted nine times and allowed only two receptions for 10 yards, he got his hands on two passes and also forced a fumble. He even picked up credit for a couple of quarterback hurries. It earned him a +2.2 for the game.
Lineback Karlos Dansby was given high marks for his work against the run. He graded at a +1.3 against the run, but also a +1.0 in coverage. Among his five tackles PFF credited him for, four were "stops," which are plays in which, depending on the down, the opposing offense gains less than what they "need". He finished with a +2.1.
Outside of Winston, every other offensive lineman, including Bobby Massie as a tackle eligible/jumbo tight end, earned negative grades.
Carson Palmer, who threw four interceptions, earned the lowest overall grade of the team -- -3.3.
Equally impressive in the negative was tight end Rob Housler. He earned a -1.1 in only four plays. That is impressive in terms of impact for so little playing time, even on the negative side.
On defense, John Abraham struggled against the run, and was graded a -2.2 in that facet of the game.
Safety Tony Jefferson graded out pretty evenly. He was positive in the pass rush, but negative in run support.