The Arizona Cardinals came away with a big win on Sunday night, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 34-31 on Sunday Night Football. The offense on both teams played well. But how did individuals grade out? Pro Football Focus shared some of the results with the media.
Here is what they had to say.
The running game was not all that great. With Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson and David Johnson, they have guys who can make defenders miss. However, the Cardinals forced only three missed tackles in the running game.
The offensive line struggled with protection. Palmer was under pressure on 16 of his 33 dropbacks, but the Bengals blitzed only seven times the entire game. Geno Atkins dominated against the Cardinals interior line, earning the highest grade of all players on Sunday night at +7.5. Center Lyle Sendlein was the highest-graded lineman for Arizona at +1.3. Palmer was only sacked once and hit one, but he was pressured nine times.
Palmer bounced back after a poor first quarter. Here is a nice fact. With three more touchdown passes on throws 20 yards or more down the field, he now has a league-high eight TDs on deep throws.
Defensively, the Cardinals handled A.J. Green well. He was targeted 12 times and hauled in only four receptions. Patrick Peterson was targeted six times and gave up two catches for 24 yards. He still has not had a negatively graded game this season.
Kevin Minter had a mixed game. He generated five pressures of Andy Dalton, but was abused in coverage by Giovani Bernard, giving up six catches for 96 yards on seven targets.
Arizona generated pressure on Dalton, sacking him four times, hitting him twice and pressuring him 17 times.
Jerraud Powers, though, struggled. He had a -5.9 grade for the game. He missed three tackles and gave up eight catches for 135 yards on 15 targets.