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Friday, November 15, 2013
FTP: Cardinals now No. 2 defense

By Josh Weinfuss

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top story line from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Last week, Football Outsiders made a splash, naming the then 4-4 Cardinals the best defense in the NFL.

“The Cardinals have a strong all-around defense, ranking second against the run and third against the pass,” the website wrote a week ago.

When the analytical website’s rankings through Week 10 came out, the Cardinals dropped from first to second by a hair -- .3 percent -- behind the Carolina Panthers. Arizona is still No. 2 with a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of 19.5 and a weighted defense of 21.

Check out Football Outsiders’ defensive rankings here.

In other news…

Craig Morgan of FoxSportsArizona.com with a look at Darnell Dockett’s past and future.

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com writes about John Abraham getting sacks in bunches.

Kyle Odegard of AZCardinals.com writes about the Cards’ defense playing well in the second half.