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The Chiefs continued to be pass-happy in the playoffs with QB Patrick Mahomes

Offense, Not Defense, Now Winning Championships

All four teams left in playoffs have high-powered passing games
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LB Deone Bucannon was on and off the field in 2018.

Defensive Changes Make Deone Bucannon Return More Realistic

Impending free agent has track record of success in 3-4 defense
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QB Josh Rosen was sacked 45 times in 14 games last season.

Kliff Kingsbury’s Scheme May Help Protect Josh Rosen

Texas Tech quarterbacks weren't sacked much despite pass-heavy offense
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C Mason Cole played in every game for the Cardinals as a rookie

Mason Cole Continues Ironman Streak

Cardinals center has played in 120 consecutive games dating back to high school
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CB Patrick Peterson had the best season of his career in 2018, per Pro Football Focus

Patrick Peterson’s Honor And Other Pro Football Focus Observations

Star cornerback earns second-team All-Pro nod from analytics site
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Joe Barskdale has started at right tackle since joining the Cardinals and would like to return in 2019.

Change The Only Constant On The Offensive Line

Injuries have hit position group hard in 2018
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CB Patrick Peterson in coverage against the Rams

Patrick Peterson At His Best

Star CB surprised 2018 grading out as his top season by Pro Football Focus
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WR Christian Kirk had a big gain on a jet sweep against the Packers

Loss Of Christian Kirk Felt By Cardinals

Rookie wide receiver's absence was notable against Lions
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QB Josh Rosen looks for receivers in Sunday's win over the Packers

Josh Rosen’s Low Completion Percentage Isn’t All His Fault

Factors beyond inaccuracy hindering passing game
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S Budda Baker was helped off the field against the Packers but later returned

Budda Baker Plays Through The Pain

Second-year safety intent on fighting through knee injury
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CB Patrick Peterson did a nice job on Packers WR Davante Adams on Sunday

Cardinals' Pass Defense Bounces Back Against Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay quarterback had fifth-lowest yards per attempt average of career
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QB Josh Rosen looks for someone downfield while on the move

Cardinals Not On Schedule With Off-Schedule Throws

Josh Rosen hasn't connected with wideouts often on scrambles
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QB Josh Rosen throws a pass against the Chargers. He was later hit by a penalty flag when looking downfield on a scramble.

Penalty Flag Hits Josh Rosen During Scramble

Rookie quarterback didn't know until postgame
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RB David Johnson looks for room up the middle against the Chiefs.

David Johnson Lowers His Shoulder

Cardinals running back more willing to play physical
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S Budda Baker (left) and CB Bene' Benwikere combine for a sack on Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3.

Bears Experience Could Help Cardinals Against Chiefs

The teams have similar offensive schemes
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DT Olsen Pierre (72) makes a tackle against the 49ers

Cumulative Numbers Skew Cardinals’ Defensive Totals

Unit has been better than believed based on a per-play basis
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Cardinals Find Success Against Richard Sherman

QB Josh Rosen wasn't afraid to test the elite CB on Sunday
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Patrick Peterson On Center Stage 

Focus has been on star cornerback both on and off the field
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Base Success For Cardinals Defense

Rare three-linebacker look works well
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The Ups and Downs Of Calling Plays

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has advice for Cardinals OC Byron Leftwich
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