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Cardinals vs. Jaguars review: Carson Palmer, Yeremiah Bell solid, Daryl Washington struggles according to PFF

Looking at how Pro Football Focus graded the Cardinals in their win over the Jaguars.

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Week 11 was good to the Arizona Cardinals, much like Week 8 and Week 10 were. The team is riding a three-game winning streak after dismantling the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-14.

The game didn't begin well for the Cardinals (6-4), as they gave up a long touchdown pass to the Jaguars (1-9) on the first drive of the game -- Jacksonville went for it on fourth down and a breakdown in coverage allowed tight end Danny Noble his first career reception, a 62-yard score.

But after Jacksonville's second drive, the defense clamped down and shut the Jags out the rest of the way, allowing just 157 total yards after initially surrendering 117 on those two scoring drives.

Here is how graded the Cardinals.


QB Carson Palmer (+4.2)

As good as Carson Palmer was in Jacksonville, it wasn't even his highest grade of the season. That came in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams, when he earned a +5.7 grade.

Nonetheless, Palmer was brilliant all afternoon save for one throw that ended up not counting because of a mix-up with a called timeout. He completed 30-of-42 (71.4%) for 419 yards (9.98 YPA), 2 touchdowns and no interceptions for a season-high 119.0 passer rating.

WR Michael Floyd (+3.7)

It's no surprise the game's two top performers were also the team's highest-graded players. Michael Floyd set a career high and franchise record for a second-year receiver with 193 receiving yards, breaking David Boston's 13-year-old mark of 184.

Included in Floyd's day was a sizzling 91-yard touchdown in which he broke three tackles and outran the entire Jaguars secondary. The only area he struggled in was blocking, which is new for No. 15. He tallied a -1.6 total blocking grade -- by far a career low.

TE Rob Housler (-0.2)

If not for some faulty run-blocking, Rob Housler would be on the other end of the grade this week. He earned a +1.1 in the passing game, a testament to his six receptions for 70 yards.

But his -1.5 run-blocking grade ruined it. Granted, mostly everyone within proximity to the offensive line had a negative run-blocking grade because Jacksonville stacked the box throughout the game, just daring Palmer to beat them -- which he did. They were not about to allow Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington to beat them -- which they didn't.


SS Yeremiah Bell (+2.7)

Yeremiah Bell had a solid game other than a gaffe in the first quarter that led to Jacksonville's second and final touchdown of the game. He's lucky it didn't cost the team a victory.

Bell was a beast in coverage, allowing two receptions on five targets for a measly 18 yards. He sealed the victory with his second interception of the season -- Jags quarterback Chad Henne had a 10.8 passer rating when targeting the 10-year veteran.

NT Dan Williams (+2.4)

Very quietly, Dan Williams is putting together a great season. Broadcast teams rarely mention him because he's not a stat-sheet stuffer; he has just 14 tackles in eight games this season and has yet to record a sack.

He has the third-fewest snaps played (174) among interior defensive linemen with at least 25 percent of defensive snaps played for their respective teams. But among those 71 players, Williams ranks 22nd with a +7.1 overall grade and is tied for 13th with a +6.0 grade against the run.

He was a run-stopping animal once again in Jacksonville, earning a +2.8 grade -- a game high -- on only 21 snaps.

ILB Daryl Washington (-1.7)

Much of Daryl Washington's negative grade against the Jaguars came from pass coverage. He allowed five receptions on six targets for 31 yards and an 88.2 passer rating allowed to Henne.

His -0.9 grade in coverage was matched by his penalty grade, as he was caught with a handful of Maurice Jones-Drew's facemask in the first quarter. Other than that, he was average -- which is below his average.