Arizona Cardinals: Week 8 NFL Power Rankings (#21)

Last week: 21 (+0)

Record: 4-3

After going 10-1 in an 11 game stretch in games decided by less than a touchdown, the Cardinals have lost 2 straight games of that nature. They must have “forgotten how to win.” Well, before that 11 game stretch, they were 2-8 in their last 10 games of that nature with the same group of guys. In reality, there is no such thing as “knowing how to win games.” Historically, teams that win more than 67% of games decided by a touchdown or less over the course of a season will win 50% of those types of games the following season. Meanwhile, teams that win a game by 7 or fewer win their following game 52% of the time if it’s decided by 7 or fewer.

The only exception seems to be having a franchise quarterback (which the Cardinals clearly don’t). Guys like Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady have great career records in those types of games. I makes sense. It’s a lot easier for one guy to be clutch and elevate his play in crunch time than it is for a whole team to do so. It’s wrong to expect the Cardinals to now become bad at winning close games and go on another 2-8 type stretch, but going forward, they should be expected to win about 50% of their close games.


RB LaRod Stephens-Howling: Rushed for 104 yards (73 after contact) and a touchdown on 20 attempts, 9 broken tackles, caught 4 passes for 45 yards on 5 attempts

WR Andre Roberts: Caught 7 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown on 9 attempts on 44 pass snaps, 6.8 YAC per catch

SS Adrian Wilson: Did not allow a completion on 2 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 6 solo tackles, 3 stops

RE Calais Campbell: 3 quarterback hit and 3 quarterback hurries on 22 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles, 2 stops, 2 missed tackles

ROLB Sam Acho: 1 interception, 1 quarterback hit and 1 quarterback hurry on 17 pass rush snaps, 4 solo tackles, 2 stops


LT D’Anthony Baptiste: Allowed 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 4 quarterback hurries on 44 pass block snaps

RT Bobby Massie: Allowed 2 sacks and 8 quarterback hurries on 44 pass block snaps, run blocked for 6 yards on 1 attempt, 1 penalty

WR Early Doucet: Caught 3 passes for 19 yards on 6 attempts on 31 pass snaps, 5.3 YAC per catch, 1 drop, 1 interception when thrown to

LE Darnell Dockett: 1 quarterback hurry on 21 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop




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