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Squashing The Turnover Bug

It’s no secret the Cardinals’ offense has been poor this season, and with the injuries to running back David Johnson and wide receiver John Brown, it could be a slog for the foreseeable future. There is one simple way to improve quickly: slow the turnovers.

It's no secret the Cardinals' offense has been poor this season, and with the injuries to running back David Johnson and wide receiver John Brown, it could be a slog for the foreseeable future.

There is one simple way to improve quickly: slow the turnovers.

The Cardinals are third in the NFL in giveaways with five, turning the ball over on 20.8 percent of their drives through two games. It's been more than a decade since a team -- the 2007 Houston Texans -- finished with a higher turnover rate for an entire season, so while it's been a concerning start, regression is in order.

Quarterback Carson Palmer is tied for the league lead with four interceptions, and with the way the Cardinals attack on offense, he's going to throw his fair share moving forward. However, it can't be an average of two per game, and they can't come in critical areas of the field.

For all of their issues, the Cardinals have moved the ball decently in the first two games. They are averaging 5.3 yards per snap, which is 11th in the NFL and only a tenth of a yard below last year's rate, when they averaged 26.1 points per contest.

This offense is dealing with too many injuries to be great, but if it can take care of the ball, an uptick in production awaits.

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