Arizona Cardinals racking up fantastic stats
The Arizona Cardinals lead the NFL in point differential of plus 100
In preseason we sort of knew there would be special things ahead for the Arizona Cardinals. Despite their inconsistent showing in preseason games, the Cardinals on paper appeared to have assembled the best group of players since moving to Arizona in 1988.
From the standpoint of head coach Bruce Arians, he certainly felt it was the best group he had since coming to Arizona in 2013. Now, after five games they are proving it.
Now, let’s temper this a bit. Yes, it’s only going into week six but still, the Cardinals are achieving all sorts of amazing statistics so far. Here’s a look at some of what they’ve accomplished early on.
- The Cardinals 190 points through five games are the seventh-most in NFL history
- The Cardinals have won three games already by 25 or more points. In the previous 27 seasons in Arizona, they had only accomplished that feat six times.
- The have a plus 100 point differential (190-90), which is by far leading the NFL. The next closest is the New England Patriots with plus 73.
- Running back Chris Johnson has already had two 100-yard rushing games. The Cardinals had just one all of 2014.
- Rookie running back David Johnson had a 108-yard kickoff return in week two against the Chicago Bears. The previous long? Receiver Roy Green in 1979 with 106-yards.
- The Cardinals lead the NFL with 24 touchdowns. The next closest is the Atlanta Falcons with 20.
- The Cardinals are third in the NFL in rushing with 134.8 yards-per-game.
- The Cardinals lead the NFL in interceptions with 11 (keep in mind they did not garner a single turnover against the St. Louis Rams)
- The Cardinals lead the NFL with three interception returns for touchdowns
- Receiver Larry Fitzgerald leads the NFL with six receiving touchdowns
I think you get the point. The Cardinals are as nfl.com calls it, maybe the most complete team in the NFL. The can beat you on offense and defense. Sure, the competition is going to start getting a little tougher but if you look at the records of the next four opponents, they are a combined 8-12. The next three are against AFC North teams that are 3-2, 1-4, and 2-3. Then they get a bye week before taking on the 2-3 Seattle Seahawks, which will be very tough so I don’t think you can really rely on their record to say who they really are about.
The point is, the road may not seem as tough as it does on paper. Of course any team can win on any given Sunday and I think the Cardinals learned that against the Rams. The biggest question is, if they stay healthy for the most part, can they keep this up?
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