The Arizona Cardinals looked good early in their week three game. Unfortunately, the wheels came off again and the team fell apart. While the normal stat book was largely in the Cardinals favor, the final score pointed towards Dallas. But what about a deeper look at the stats?
Luckily we have that look. We have partnered with Pro Football Focus to give us a few key stats and numbers from our games so that we can share them with you guys. So without further ado, here are this week's numbers.
- WR Larry Fitzgerald had his best game of the season Monday night with an 82.0 Overall Grade. Fitzgerald caught 13 of 15 targets for 149 yards, 1 TD, and a 130.3 passer rating. Fitzgerald had the most slot targets (9), slot receptions (8) and had the second most slot yards (72).
- QB Carson Palmer stepped up his performance against the Cowboys. Palmer attempted the most deep passes of any quarterback and had the 9th highest passer rating on those deep passes (125.5). Palmer attempted a deep pass on 18.8% of his passes, the 5th most in the NFL.
- The offensive line struggled all night to protect QB Carson Palmer. Palmer was pressured on 41.8% of his dropbacks, the 7th highest rate in the NFL. When Palmer attempted a pass under 2.5 seconds he had a passer rating of 73.1, which ranked 26th among QBs. When he had over 2.6 seconds to throw Palmer's passer rating shot up to 124.6, the 10th best mark.
- Tackles Jared Veldheer and John Wetzel proved they could not handle the Dallas pass rush on Monday. Both surrendered a sack and 8 total pressures, the third most among tackles. Both graded out poorly, Veldheer earned a 54.0 overall grade and Wetzel received a 36.0.
- Substituting for the injured Mike Iupati, LG Alex Boone was one of the few bright spots on the offensive line. Boone was the only starter on the offensive line not to allow a pressure, and he earned a 76.0 overall grade.
- CB Patrick Peterson performed his role as a shutdown corner to near perfection. Despite shadowing Dez Bryant, Peterson was not targeted at all when covering Bryant. He was only targeted once, which was a 2-yard reception by Ezekiel Elliott. Peterson now leads the league in cover snaps per target (15.0), yards allowed per cover snap (0.21) and cover snaps per reception (35.0)
- S Tyvon Branch may have been the Cardinals best defender on Monday night. Branch was targeted 5 times, allowing 3 to be caught for only 4 yards. Branch also made a season-high 10 tackles and 6 stops, which helped him ear a 90.6 overall grade. Branch has the 3rd highest season grade among safeties with an 89.3.
- DT Corey Peters had his best game of the season against the Cowboys. Peters earned a season-high 83.3 overall grade, on his way to accruing 4 stops, 4 tackles, 1 pressure. Peters now has the 5th most stops among defensive tackles and has made stops at the 4th best rate.
- Edge Markus Golden proved to be a thorn in the Dallas offensive line. While Golden's 3 pressures may not seem like much, his 15.0 pass rush productivity, a formula that measures the efficiency of the pass rusher, ranked 7th among all edge rushers in week 3. Even though he has yet to record a sack, Golden's 14 pressures are the 5th most in the NFL.
- S Tyrann Mathieu is struggling to find his pre-injury form. Mathieu was only thrown at twice but allowed both to be caught for 66 yards and he missed 2 tackles. The Honey Badger has now missed 4 tackles in 3 games and last season he only missed 2 the entire year.
The player positionings are similar to last weeks. No one really went up or down following this weeks performance.
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