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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Cards' pass rush not aggressive vs. Titans

By Josh Weinfuss

TEMPE, Ariz. -- There was no denying that the Arizona Cardinals' pass rush was lacking in quite a few ways Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

It looked sluggish and was void of energy throughout Arizona's 37-34 win. According to ESPN Stats & Information, however, there's another reason for the sub-par performance.

The Cardinals sent five or more pass-rushers on just 36 percent of the Titans' snaps, well below their league-leading average of 50 percent heading into Sunday's game.

That allowed Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to pick apart the Cardinals' defense for 402 yards. Yet, even when the Cardinals brought pressure, Fitzpatrick responded. He was 15-for-21 for 184 yards, three touchdowns and an interception when the Cardinals blitzed.

When the Cards brought five or more pass-rushers, Fitzpatrick completed 71.4 percent of his passes and averaged 8.8 yards per attempt.

His four touchdown passes were the most thrown against the Cards this season and his 6.9 yards per attempt was the highest Arizona allowed since San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 7.7 in Week 6.