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Arizona Cardinals continue to put up great offensive numbers

Some notes on the offense following the 34-31 win on Sunday.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals are 8-2 and scored 34 points en route to a Sunday Night Football win over the Cincinnati Bengals. It was an other impressive offensive performance. Here are some notes and numbers about how well the Arizona offense has been this season.

After scoring 34 points against the Bengals on Sunday, the Cardinals have now scored 336 points through the first 10 games this season. Arizona's 336 points scored represent the highest total in franchise history through the first 10 games of a season (329 in 1948). Arizona also leads the NFL in scoring this season.

NFL Leaders - Points Scored (Team)

Rnk Team Pts

1 Arizona 336
2 New England 323
3 Carolina 299
4 New York Giants 273
5 Cincinnati 266

In the last two games (at Seattle; vs. Cincinnati) the Cardinals have scored 73 points while going up against the NFL's #2-ranked scoring defense (Seattle entering Week 10, 17.5 ppg) and #1-ranked scoring defense (Cincinnati entering Week 11, 16.9 ppg).

In just 10 games this season the Cardinals have scored 26 points more than they scored all of last season (310).

Arizona's 34 points scored were the most allowed by the Bengals this season (previous high for points allowed was 24). Cincinnati entered the game with the NFL's top-ranked defense in points allowed, giving up just 16.9 points per game. They had allowed an NFL-low 16 TDs entering yesterday's game.

After scoring four TDs against Bengals the Cardinals have now posted 40 TDs on the season. That also represents the highest total in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Touchdowns (2015)

Rnk Team TDs

1 Arizona 40
2 New England 36
3 Carolina 34
4 New Orleans 33
5 Cincinnati 32

The Cardinals have now scored four TDs in each of the last three games. Arizona also scored four or more TDs in each of the first three games this season. Between 1970 and 2014, the Cardinals had a streak of at least three games with four or more TDs just seven times total. They have had two such streaks already this season.

The Cardinals have scored 16 more TDs than they have allowed this season (40 TDs scored/24 TDs allowed). Their +16 TD differential is tied for the best in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Touchdown Differential

Rnk Team Diff TD Opp-TD

1t Arizona +16 40 24
1t New England +16 36 20
3 Carolina +13 34 21
4 Cincinnati +12 32 20
5 Green Bay +6 28 22

Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season the Cardinals have now scored 30+ points in a game 12 times. They have a 12-0 record in those matchups.

The Cardinals have scored 30+ points in seven of 10 games this season. That ties the franchise record for games with 30+ points in a season (1949, 1984, 2008).

After WR J.J. Nelson hauled in his first career TD reception against the Bengals on Sunday, Arizona has now had 14 different players score at least one TD so far this season: Larry Fitzgerald (7), David Johnson (7), Michael Floyd (5), John Brown (4), Chris Johnson (3), Andre Ellington (3), Darren Fells (3), Troy Niklas (2), Jaron Brown (1), Jermaine Gresham (1), J.J. Nelson (1), Tony Jefferson (1), Tyrann Mathieu (1) and Justin Bethel (1). Arizona, Buffalo, Kansas City and New Orleans (all with 14) are tied for the NFL lead for most players with at least one TD this season.


The Cardinals have outscored opponents 336-216 this season. Arizona's +120 point differential is the second-best in the NFL in 2015 behind only New England (+141).

NFL Leaders - Point Differential

Rnk Team +/-

1 New England +141
2 Arizona +120
3 Carolina +108
4 Cincinnati +80
5 Kansas City +59

Arizona has outscored its opponents in every quarter this season: 59-41 (+18) in the 1st quarter, 114-67 (+47) in the 2nd quarter, 80-35 (+45) in the 3rd quarter and 83-73 (+10) in the 4th quarter.