Sep 272012
 

Last week: 23 (+7)

Record: 3-0

Like the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch, do you really trust anyone on this offense other than Larry Fitzgerald? The defense is great, but I don’t think they’re well rounded enough to make the playoffs in a loaded NFC. They have a negative yards per play differential and rank tied for 30th in offensive yards per plays. 3-0 is impressive, especially considering who they’ll played, but the Bills started 3-0 last year. Almost every year, there’s a team that gets off to a good start and then fades away and misses the playoffs and makes their believers look dumb (“This Ryan Fitzpatrick is the real deal.” “Rex Grossman is a legitimate franchise quarterback.”).

Winning 3 in a row at any point in a season isn’t that impressive, but when teams do it to start the season, it’s much more noticeable and you get idiots like Michael Silver putting them first in his Power Rankings (Really? Kevin Kolb is going to win the Super Bowl?). This is essentially the same team that finished last year 8-8 and I expect them to finish somewhere around there this year. Bettors should ride the correction and take advantage of a dynamic change with the Cardinals going from dogs in 3 straight (and pulling 3 straight upsets) to being favorites. It’s one thing to win when nobody believes in you. It’s another to win when you buy into your own hype (see the 49ers last week).

Studs

QB Kevin Kolb: 17 of 24 for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 drops, 1 throw away, 108.6 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 12 of 29 drop backs (3 sacks, 2 scrambles, 4 of 7, 1 throw away, 1 touchdown)

RB Ryan Williams: Rushed for 83 yards (59 after contact) on 13 attempts, 5 broken tackles, 1 catch for 12 yards on 2 attempts

WR Larry Fitzgerald: Caught 9 passes for 114 yards on 9 attempts on 30 pass snaps, 4.5 YAC per catch, 1 penalty

SS Kerry Rhodes: 1 catch for 14 yards on 3 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry on 8 blitzes, 4 solo tackles, 2 stops

RE Calais Campbell: 2 quarterback hits and 3 quarterback pressures on 40 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, no tackles

ROLB Sam Acho: 2 quarterback hit and 5 quarterback pressures on 29 pass rush snaps, 3 solo tackles, 3 stops

Duds

LT D’Anthony Baptiste: Allowed 2 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries on 30 pass block snaps, 1 penalty

RB Beanie Wells: Rushed for 18 yards (13 after contact) on 8 carries

RT Bobby Massie: Allowed 2 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback hurries on 30 pass block snaps, run blocked for 18 yards on 2 attempts

MLB Paris Lenon: Allowed 3 catches for 27 yards on 3 attempts, 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle, 1 quarterback hurry on 19 blitzes

LE Darnell Dockett: 1 quarterback hurry on 30 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle

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