The Arizona Cardinals couldn't get past themselves on Sunday. They bumbled their way to a 25-13 loss in Pittsburgh to the Steelers, despite facing a defense missing four starters and the Steelers turning to their third string quarterback. But this post is where we look at some of the numbers in the loss.
Turnovers were the problem again. Like in the 25-22 loss to the St. Louis Rams, the Cardinals turned the ball over three times. Carson Palmer threw two interceptions. John Brown fumbled. The defense, who had six takeaways against the Lions, couldn't come up with even one.
Arizona also made mistakes. They were flagged nine times for 111 yards. One nullified a touchdown pass.
55, 2.8, 0
After rushing for at least 110 yards in five straight games and leading the NFL in yards per carry with 5.0, the Cardinals looked like the 2014 team who couldn't and didn't run the ball. They rushed only 20 times for 55 yards, a paltry 2.8 yards per attempt. Andre Ellington only had one rushing attempt, which came on their second offensive play. And after five rushing plays of at least 10 yards last week, they had none in Pittsburgh.
Again, like the loss the to the Rams, converting in the red zone was a problem. In five trips inside the 20 on Sunday, they scored one touchdown -- the team's first score. In two losses, the Cardinals are 2/9 in the red zone. Sounds like we know how to beat the Cards now.
10/196, 0, 1
John Brown had a career day. He caught 10 passes for 196. However, he did not find the end zone and he did fumble the ball.