Arizona Cardinals defense has themselves a day
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals had their most sacks in one game on Sunday since 2012
The Green Bay Packers were in a world of hurt on Sunday afternoon. The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Packers 38-8 on Sunday at University of Phoenix stadium. The offense was efficient as usual. However it was the defense earning a lot of praise after the victory.
The Cardinals saw their best sack total since 2012. They had nine sacks on the day against the Packers.
The Cardinals sacked Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers eight times and backup Scott Tolzien once. They could have had more, just missing out several times. The Cardinals were on fire on Sunday. Of course you can thank the Packers missing two of their starting offensive linemen as well.
However the Cardinals have seen other backups this season and haven’t been nearly as successful. Linebacker Dwight Freeney led the way with three sacks and defensive end Calais Campbell had two and a half. Campbell said it was the most fun football game he had in a long time. Well, the performance showed.
Also getting in on the Cardinals sack party was linebacker Deone Bucannon with one, defensive tackle Frostee Rucker with one, linebacker Kareem Martin with one, and linebacker Markus Golden with a half a sack. It truly is a beautiful stat sheet.
Now they need to build on this and take it into the Seattle game next week and into the playoffs. They also were just the second team to score on two fumble returns in one game this season. The other was the Atlanta Falcons. Both defensive tackle Cory Redding and cornerback Jerraud Powers scored on Sunday. Safety Justin Bethel had the one interception as well. The Cardinals will need this same defensive effort in order to win in the playoffs. Turnovers, sacks, good tackling, need it all put together like they did on Sunday.