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Pro Football Focus Comparison: Breakdown between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers

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Looking at the 49ers and Cardinals through the Pro Football Focus lens.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What does it look like at Pro Football Focus between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers heading into week four?

Here are the grade breakdowns.

These are the PFF grades after 3 weeks (yes, they are not always a true barometer, but I thought you might be interested to see what they are and to judge them for yourselves).

Offense:

QB AZ-Palmer (75.3); SF-Hoyer (65.3)

RB AZ-C. Johnson (44.8); SF-Hyde (36.6)

RB AZ-Ellington (72.0); SF-Breida (74.4)

FB AZ-None; SF-Juszczyk (74.1)

TE AZ-Gresham (37.4); SF-Kittle (31.8)

WR AZ-Fitzgerald (80.5); SF-Garcon (85.1)

WR AZ-Jaron Brown (72.5); SF-Goodwin (52.3)

LT AZ-Wetzel (48.7); SF-Staley (76.8)

LG AZ-Iupati (53.5); SF-Tomlinson (38.0)

C AZ-Shipley (66.4); SF-Kilgore (45.9)

RG AZ-Boehm (61.6); SF-Fusco (75.4)

RT AZ-Veldheer (35.1); SF-Brown (83.5)

Defense:

DE AZ-Golden (68.7); SF-Armstead (77.9)

DT AZ-Peters (81.6); SF-Mitchell (43.2)

DT AZ-Rucker (68.0); SF-Buckner (90.2)

DE AZ-Jones (82.9); SF-Thomas (47.9) (* Carradine, 79.8, but just placed on IR)

LB AZ-Dansby (42.1); SF-Bowman (36.3)

LB AZ-Reddick (72.0); SF-Harold (46.6)

CB AZ-Peterson (77.7); SF-Robinson (34.9)

CB AZ-Bethel (45.2); SF-Johnson (47.6)

S AZ-Bethea (81.2); SF-Ward (78.6)

S AZ-Mathieu (43.9); SF-Reid (77.4)

S AZ Branch (87.5); SF-Tartt (85.4)

Special Teams:

K AZ-Dawson (5/8 FG; 5/5 XP); SF-Gould (6/6 FG, 3/4 XP)

P AZ-Lee (45.8 ave, 38.2 net); SF-Pinion (42.5 ave., 42.0 net)

KR AZ-Williams (20.2 ave.); SF-Bolden (21.4 ave.)

PR AZ-Williams (3.0 ave.); SF-Taylor (10. 2 ave.)

Highlighted Scores By Position:

AZ-13 SF-14

AZ-Top 5:

1. S Branch (87.5)

2. DE Jones (82.9)

3. DT Peters (81.6)

4. S Bethea (81.2)

5. WR Fitzgerald (80.5)

SF Top 5:

1. DT Buckner (90.2)

2. S Tartt (85.4)

3. WR Garcon (85.1)

4. T Brown (83.5)

5. S Ward (78.6)

* The high grade on S Antoine Bethea is a surprise (have not seen any impact plays from him, and he could not tackle Dez Bryant on the 4 yard line, but maybe he is quietly doing a good job?)---as is the low grade on RB Carlos Hyde (who is averaging 5.2 yards per carry).

* All PFF grades aside, this game is more evenly matched than one might think.