Cardinals must hold Chiefs below 72 points

November, 18, 2010
11/18/10
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One of my Facebook friends, Joe, recently asked whether the Cardinals had set any records after allowing 351 points over their last 11 games, counting playoffs last season.

Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information checked with Elias Sports Bureau, which put the point total in perspective for teams over the last decade.

The Cardinals would have to allow 72 points to Kansas City in Week 11 to set the record for most points allowed over 11 games since 2000.

The Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants have allowed more points over an 11-game stretch since 2000. The 2002-2003 Cardinals also allowed more over various 11-game stretches.

The chart breaks down the most generous scoring defenses in the NFL over 11-game periods since 2000.

Asterisks next to totals for the 2009 Giants and 2009-2010 Cardinals reflect playoff games as part of the totals. The Giants allowed 356 points from Oct. 18, 2009 through Jan. 3, 2010. The Cardinals' current 11-game stretch began with a 51-45 playoff victory over Green Bay on Jan. 10. Arizona suffered a 45-14 defeat at New Orleans in the divisional round a week later.

The Cardinals have allowed at least 36 points in four games this season. Arizona would have to allow more than 45 points against Kansas City on Sunday to move up the list.

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