By The Numbers analyzes the Cardinals and the NFL through a statistical lens
  • Adrian Peterson Brings The Power

    Posted Oct 17, 2017

    As Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes can attest, Adrian Peterson can still make guys miss. But it was his power that really stood out to me in Sunday’s monster 134-yard, two-touchdown performance.

  • No Woes For Opposing Kickers

    Posted Oct 13, 2017

    In what can only be explained as a statistical quirk, the Cardinals have been on the wrong end of some excellent kicking the past three seasons. Opponents were below league average on field goals against the Cardinals in 2013 and 2014, but have been kicking at a collective All-Pro level ever since.

  • The Other Overlooked Northern Iowan

    Posted Oct 13, 2017

    Everyone knows the story of David Johnson, the Northern Iowa running back that lasted until the third round of the 2015 draft before the Cardinals snatched him up. Johnson has proven to be a fantastic small-school find, and now the Cardinals are getting solid production from one of his college teammates. Defensive lineman Xavier Williams left Northern Iowa the same year as Johnson and latched on as an undrafted free agent with the Cardinals.

  • The Added Threat Of DeSean Jackson

    Posted Oct 12, 2017

    Vincent Jackson surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in a season six times in his career, but by last year’s meeting with the Cardinals, Tampa Bay’s veteran wideout was no longer a dynamic threat. It’s not a surprise the Buccaneers beefed up their pass-catching weapons this offseason, as it was clear during the Cardinals’ blowout win in Week 2 that wide receiver Mike Evans needed some help. Enter DeSean Jackson, the former Eagles star.

  • Can Haason Reddick Get To The Quarterback?

    Posted Oct 4, 2017

    Haason Reddick did a great job getting into the backfield in college. In his final season at Temple, the Cardinals’ first-round pick had 9½ sacks and 22½ tackles for loss. But there’s a reason he was drafted as an inside linebacker. Reddick is listed at 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, which is much smaller than a traditional edge-rusher at the NFL level. However, with the season-ending knee injury to Markus Golden, he is now expected to be used on the outside in passing situations.

  • Tyvon Branch Rises To The Top

    Posted Oct 3, 2017

    Tyvon Branch is not the most celebrated player in the Cardinals’ secondary, but through four games, he’s arguably been the best. The veteran had another fantastic game against the 49ers on Sunday, and as a result has moved atop Pro Football Focus’ safety rankings with a 91.1 overall grade.

  • Cardinals Attack Underneath

    Posted Oct 2, 2017

    The Cardinals are clearly hamstrung on offense, and it’s showing up in the numbers. Coach Bruce Arians loves to throw the ball deep, but with injuries to key linemen D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati and Alex Boone as well as speedsters John Brown and J.J. Nelson, it’s just not possible. Instead, the Cardinals as presently constructed are much more of an underneath team.

  • Scrambling To Keep Up

    Posted Sep 29, 2017

    It is no secret that quarterbacks on the move will put stress on a defense, but the Cardinals have been particularly haunted by it in 2017. While Matthew Stafford isn’t known for his mobility, a 15-yard scramble on third down and a six-yard touchdown pass on a broken play kept the Lions close while they were discombobulated early in Week 1. Then on Monday, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed 3-of-5 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown outside of the pocket.