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Arizona Cardinals Most Intriguing Stats from Preseason so Far

Andrew NordmeierContributor IIIAugust 16, 2013

Arizona Cardinals Most Intriguing Stats from Preseason so Far

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    The Arizona Cardinals opened the preseason with a 17-0 blanking of the Green Bay Packers. Arizona was the only team to throw a shutout in the first week of the preseason.

    They showed several signs of forward momentum. The defense created a pair of turnovers that resulted in 14 points. The defense recorded three sacks and looked solid in shutting down the Packers. 

    In this article, we'll take a look at some of the more amazing statistics about the Cardinals in the preseason. 

    All of the statistics from this article come from this ESPN.com boxscore. Last year's team stats were here on ESPN.com. 

    Start the slideshow below and get amazed about Arizona. 

Arizona's Run-Pass Ratio Favored the Run

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    The Cardinals ran the ball more than they passed against the Packers by a margin of 35-27. Rookie Stepfan Taylor carried the ball 20 of the 35 times in the game. He racked up 64 yards in the win. 

    Consider the way that ratio looked last season for Arizona. The Cardinals threw the ball 608 times and ran it 352 times in 2012. 

    The run-to-pass ratio went from 1-to-2 last season to 5-to-4 against Green Bay. Arizona held the lead, which played a big factor in the change. The Cardinals played from behind quite often in the 2012 season and that impacted the ratio. 

Arizona's Quarterback Ratings Were High

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    The Cardinals don't have quarterbacks hit triple digits in their game ratings very often. The Cardinals had three of them end the game with a passer rating of more than 100 against the Packers. 

    Carson Palmer led the way with 4-of-6 passing for 77 yards and a touchdown which resulted in a 149.3 rating for the night. 

    Drew Stanton's rating of 105.4 was solid, like his performance. The backup quarterback finished 8-of-14 passing with 107 yards and a touchdown of his own. Third-stringer Ryan Lindley posted a rating of 104.2 on the strength of 3-of-5 passing for 78 yards. 

    None of the quarterbacks threw an interception against Green Bay, which helped those ratings.

    Last season, Kevin Kolb led the team with an 86.1 rating in limited action. The team finished 2012 with a 63.1 quarterback rating, so this game was a vast improvement. 

Arizona Limited Green Bay's Rushing Game

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    Arizona held Green Bay's ground game in check. The Packers ran for 89 yards on 29 carries, an average of 3.1 yards per carry. 

    The longest run Arizona allowed on the night was eight yards. James Starks (pictured) and Alex Green each had a carry of that distance for Green Bay. 

    Last season, Arizona allowed 4.3 yards per carry as the opposition ran for 2,192 yards last season. The Cardinals allowed 14 carries of 20 yards or more last season. They didn't even allow a 10-yard carry in this game. 

    While it's only one game, a marked improvement in the run game is a vast gain for the Cardinals. 

Arizona's Passing Game Is Getting Bigger Gains

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    The vertical passing style favored by head coach Bruce Arians is already starting to show some positive results. 

    Eight Arizona receivers caught passes in the win over the Packers. Seven of them had a reception of at least 17 yards. Of those seven receivers, three reeled in passes of at least 25 yards. That helped Arizona average 16.9 yards per reception on the night. 

    Compare that to last season and it's a stark difference.

    The Cardinals only averaged 10 yards per reception last season. Arizona recorded 36 receptions of 20 yards or more during the 2012 season. 

    The new-look passing attack will help out in this stat category. An improvement was expected, but seven yards per catch is eye-opening. 

Arizona Allowed One Sack

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    The much-maligned offensive line of the Cardinals had a strong game and allowed one sack to Green Bay.

    The Cardinals allowed one sack in a game twice in the 2012 regular season. Those games were Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks and Week 15 against the Detroit Lions.

    Keeping the quarterback upright is always a focal point in football. The Arizona offensive line showed it can do that against the Packers. Whether it can do that for an entire season remains to be seen, but it is a good start. 

     

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