The Arizona Cardinals have a chance to relax. The news of several key injuries on Monday makes the bye week a little tougher. While their bodies can rest, their minds will continue to wonder why this season isn't working out for them. There will be changes, Steve Keim has addressed this.
The Cardinals offensively, were subpar again, but a few shocking grades came out of this. Defensively, they had some errors, but the grades represented what we saw on the field. So without further ado:
- The early deficit lead to a pass-happy offense for the Cardinals and Carson Palmer responded with an accurate performance. Palmer completed 10 of 14 passes targeted to the intermediate area (between 10-19 yards downfield) including all 3 of his touchdowns.
- The Cardinals only ran the ball 10 times to David Johnson and the offensive line only provided him with an average of 1.3 yards before contact per carry.
- David Johnson did most of his damage in the pass game. Johnson caught 7 of 9 targets - against 5 different coverage defenders - and provided 88 yards after the catch.
- J.J. Nelson saw a team-high 12 targets and caught 8 of them, with 1 drop. Only 6 of his 79 yards came after the catch. Carson Palmer’s QB rating when targeting Nelson was 124.7
- Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 of 11 targets and dropped one pass. 28 of his 74 yards came after the catch.
- Patrick Peterson was thrown at 6 times and gave up 2 catches to Kelvin Benjamin for 73 yards with 36 yards coming after the catch. Cam Newton’s QB rating when throwing into Peterson’s coverage was 80.6
- Markus Golden had 3 hurries on 26 pass rush snaps against the Panthers. Golden also added 3 run stops.
- Calais Campbell had 2 hits and 1 hurry on 23 pass rush snaps. He also added 2 run stops.
- Chandler Jones had his lowest pass rushing grade of the season (49.6) and only generated 1 QB hurry on his 23 pass rush snaps
- Deone Bucannon had 1 QB hurry on 5 pass rush snaps. He also added two run stops. In coverage Bucannon was thrown at 3 times allowing 1 catch for 3 yards and breaking up one pass.
Carson Palmer had his best showing of the season. He graded out with an 85.0, and was good against pressure.
Jared Vedlheer and A.Q. Shipley were the only offensive lineman with a positive grade. Mike Iupati surrendered the most pressures, allowing two sacks, two quarterback hits, and two quarterback hurries with a 35.3 grade.
John Brown, Brittan Golden, and JJ Nelson graded out within points of each other, with a 71.9, 72.0, and a 71.0.
Defensively, Tony Jefferson was once again the highest graded player. Jeffersons 87.5 was only second to Kawann Short's 87.8.
Calais Campbell and DJ Swearinger were good in their performances as well. Campbell earned a 81.4 and Swearinger came out with an 80.0.
Markus Golden and Deone Bucannon rounded out the list with a 73.8 and 73.5.
With two weeks off the Cardinals get to rest. Changes will be made, and the Cardinals will get a shot to rebound to 4-4-1 against the San Francisco 49ers.