Monday, November 5, 2012
Silver linings: Cardinals at Packers
By Mike Sando
The facts: The Arizona Cardinals fell to 4-5 with a 31-17 road defeat to the Green Bay Packers in Week 9.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals have a bye in Week 10.
- Quarterback John Skelton completed 7 of 10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown when the Packers rushed him with five or more defenders. His Total QBR in these situations was 91.4, fourth-highest in the NFL for Week 9, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Progress made in that area could explain why coach Ken Whisenhunt, though critical of his team overall, generally spared Skelton in his analysis.
- Rookie Justin Bethel continued to make strong contributions on the special-teams coverage units.
- Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett shared a first-quarter sack to help stop the Packers after a turnover set up Green Bay from the Arizona 20-yard line.
- The Cardinals took two sacks, down from 6.6 per game over the previous five games.
- Arizona matched a season high by averaging 5.2 yards per play.
- The Cardinals limited Aaron Rodgers to 46.7 percent completions. He had not been below 62.5 percent in any game previously this season.
- Cornerback William Gay intercepted Rodgers.
- The Cardinals had three pass plays of at least 30 yards, two more than the Packers managed. That included Larry Fitzgerald's 31-yard scoring reception in the second half.
- Andre Roberts averaged 21.5 yards per reception on his four catches, with a long gain of 40 yards.
- Rookie Nate Potter got experience at left tackle and seemed to do OK under the circumstances.
- Rookie receiver Michael Floyd had five receptions for 80 yards He has 10 receptions for 116 yards over the past two games. The 80 yards receiving were a career high. The five receptions matched a career high.