What a win for the Arizona Cardinals. Who cares how ugly it was, it was a win.
Pro Football Focus released their stats for the game and there were some eye openers when it came to actual performances.
Carson Palmer’s quarterback rating with no pressure, yes no pressure was 68.9. Palmer without pressure coming was awful, statistically, but his performance with pressure was 83.5. When blitzed, so five or more rushers, his rating was 96.2.
Michael Floyd showed up, but it seems like it is becoming clear what type of player Floyd is. Floyd averaged 20 yards per catch, but only was able to get 3 yards after the catch. Floyd is a big play weapon who makes contested catches, that is huge in this Cardinals offense.
Larry Fitzgerald caught passes against seven different defensive players and had 54 yards after the catch. His transformation to tight end continues.
David Johnson had 41 yards after contact on his 19 carries.
The offensive line took turns playing poorly in pass pro, we saw how bad they were in the run game, as John Wetzel allowed five pressures, D.J. Humphries and Mike Iupati three pressures each and Earl Watford two pressures.
The secondary seemed bad, but in reality, there was one poor performer and two good performances. Can you guess who the poor performer was? I’ll update this later in a separate article.
Markus Golden had the most productive pass rushing day… with two quarterback hits and three hurries.
Chandler Jones had two sacks and one hurry, their grading confuses me, but it makes for good conversation.