|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1||1-2||2-1||18.3||10.3||328.7||(5.5)||3.0||37.0||10.3||480.3||(7.4)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||23.6||11.8||16.6||28:47||28-144||(5.1)||18-30||58.3%||207||(6.8)||59-351||(6)||(14.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.9||11.7||19.6||30:28||28-120||(4.3)||21-34||61.4%||232||(6.8)||62-352||(5.7)||(14.7)|
|Offense Road Games||18.3||8.0||16.3||28:27||26-141||(5.3)||19-31||60.2%||172||(5.5)||57-313||(5.5)||(17.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||35.2||11.6||25.0||31:13||30-172||(5.7)||22-35||63.6%||278||(8)||65-449||(6.9)||(12.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.2||10.2||22.2||30:14||30-141||(4.7)||21-35||59.5%||230||(6.6)||65-370||(5.7)||(15.3)|
|Defense Road Games||35.7||17.0||22.3||31:33||29-154||(5.3)||22-32||68.4%||261||(8.2)||61-415||(6.8)||(11.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.6||1.0||2.6||-0.8||12-5||41.7%||0-0||100.0%||2-45||(27.9)||1-41||(29.4)||6-41|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.8||1.8||1.8||13-5||40.5%||1-0||61.5%||3-65||(23.4)||21-1||(15.7)||7-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.3||1.0||2.3||-1.0||11-4||36.4%||0-0||100.0%||2-64||(32)||1-36||(27)||7-46|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||1.0||1.8|| ||12-6||47.5%||0-0||100.0%||2-43||(23.8)||2-41||(17.1)||5-37|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||1||2|| ||13-5||39.7%||0-0||81.8%||3-80||(26.4)||28-2||(12.4)||6-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.0||0.3||1.3|| ||12-7||55.6%||0-0||100.0%||2-51||(25.7)||2-43||(18.6)||6-48|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||1-2||1-2||18.0||9.0||290.3||(4.6)||1.0||14.7||7.7||343.3||(5.7)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||18.8||8.6||17.8||31:02||24-64||(2.7)||22-37||58.9%||210||(5.7)||61-274||(4.5)||(14.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||19.2||9.1||18.9||30:33||24-85||(3.6)||22-38||58.5%||238||(6.3)||62-324||(5.2)||(16.9)|
|Offense Home Games||23.7||11.3||17.7||30:50||23-57||(2.5)||22-36||61.1%||224||(6.2)||59-281||(4.8)||(11.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||15.6||6.4||18.4||30:16||29-106||(3.7)||19-36||53.6%||229||(6.4)||64-334||(5.2)||(21.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.2||9||20.8||31:04||33-134||(4.1)||20-32||60.8%||218||(6.7)||65-352||(5.4)||(16.6)|
|Defense Home Games||14.3||5.3||18.3||31:20||28-109||(3.9)||20-37||54.5%||238||(6.4)||65-347||(5.3)||(24.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.8||1.4||0.8||15-5||32.4%||1-0||40.0%||1-35||(24.9)||4-37||(9.8)||6-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.2||0.6||1.8||1.8||13-5||34.0%||1-0||47.4%||3-63||(23.5)||25-3||(10.1)||6-57|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.3||1.3||1.7||14-4||31.7%||1-1||66.7%||2-41||(24.8)||4-36||(8.2)||7-75|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||1.2||2.2|| ||15-5||33.3%||1-0||33.3%||2-61||(30.4)||3-27||(9.7)||7-63|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.8||1.6|| ||14-5||39.7%||1-0||47.6%||2-47||(23.5)||22-2||(9.2)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||2.0||3.0|| ||15-5||34.8%||1-0||33.3%||2-74||(31.7)||3-25||(9.4)||7-65|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 22.2, ARIZONA 22.6|
|9/9/2012||@ NY JETS||28-48||L||3||L||39||O||26-195||18-32-195||4||36-118||19-27-266||1|
|10/7/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||3-45||L||10||L||45.5||O||19-89||16-26-115||2||38-311||19-25-310||1|
|10/14/2012||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/16/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||20-18||W||13||W||46.5||U||33-105||15-27-140||2||28-90||28-46-297||1|
|10/4/2012||@ ST LOUIS||3-17||L||-1.5||L||37.5||U||17-45||28-50-237||1||32-111||7-21-131||1|
|10/14/2012||BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/29/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|BUFFALO: The Bills are largely committed to zone blocking, going away from two-RB backfields and running effectively out of their three-WR base. They'll spread defenses out then use a lot of inside-zone plays, especially when Fred Jackson is healthy. If he's 100 percent, Jackson figures to take the majority of the snaps at running back over Spiller, who's used outside the tackles as more of an all-or-nothing runner. Both backs will be on the field at the same time in certain packages, with one of them (usually Spiller) in the slot. Buffalo's passing game is limited by Ryan Fitzpatrick's lack of arm strength, forcing the team to instead rely on spreading the field. His receivers are given freedom to run and adjust routes as they see fit, which puts a heavy emphasis on experience and chemistry with Fitzpatrick. Stevie Johnson is Fitzpatrick's security blanket, and the Bills run a lot of one-read slants off of that, with Johnson clearing and Jackson or Spiller crossing under him out of the slot. Fitzpatrick also likes to check down to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle. The Bills are one of the NFL's more pass-heavy red zone teams. Outside the five, they'll often spread it out with Fitzpatrick looking over the middle. David Nelson was most frequently targeted deep in opponent territory, leading the team in targets (11), catches (seven) and touchdowns (five) inside 10 yards. Johnson also has a big role, and Chandler is used in play-action. The Bills doled out a lot of money for OLB Mario Williams and DE Mark Anderson this offseason, and this duo should improve the team's pass rush significantly. Williams, in particular, should thrive playing the LDE position in his new 4-3 scheme in Buffalo. He's added some muscle to tip the scales closer to 300, which should result in fewer missed tackles in 2012. The presence of Williams and Anderson should allow 22-year-old Marcell Dareus to find more room to rush his 320-pound frame up the middle. Nick Barnett transitioned nicely to a 4-3 weakside linebacker, recording 10-plus total tackles six times last year. George Wilson stepped up as a run-stopper after the departure of Donte Whitner, and as a converted wide receiver he has excellent ball skills. He was on pace for 90 solo tackles before injuring his neck. Kelvin Sheppard is another good young talent in the box, and Jairus Byrd is a ball-hawking free safety to round out an improving secondary. |
|ARIZONA: The Cards have largely given up on establishing the run because of their tendency to fall behind early in games. But their power running game, featuring a man-blocking scheme and between-the-tackles pounding, still remains. Beanie Wells was moderately effective last year, though they'd rather have Ryan Williams taking a large portion of the carries as long as he's recovered from knee surgery. Arizona largely runs out of its two-receiver sets, with an even split between two tight ends and fullback Anthony Sherman. The Cards get conservative in the red zone, where Wells gets a heavy workload and should continue to for as long as he's able to remain healthy. Kevin Kolb will get another shot in the desert. The Cardinals got much more aggressive throwing downfield last season, especially letting Larry Fitzgerald battle for the 50/50 ball. They can do the same thing on the other side once rookie Michael Floyd is ready. They usually throw out of three-receiver sets, and while the No. 2 (Floyd or Andre Roberts) gets more reps, the Cards throw to the slot (Roberts or Early Doucet) underneath just as often. Even after the addition of Todd Heap, the tight ends were used sparingly. When they throw in the red zone, Fitzgerald is almost always the first look, and they'll often force it to him even in double-coverage. The slot receiver over the middle is usually the second option down near the goal line. Partly because its subpar offense kept its defense on the field for the third-most minutes in the NFL, Arizona's yardage allowed was mediocre. Although the points and sacks improved significantly, the defense did not score in 2011. DL Calais Campbell has put together four strong seasons since becoming a starter for the Cardinals. He does a nice job picking up blocking schemes and knows how to use his hands in traffic. Darnell Dockett remains one of the NFL's better defensive linemen despite the fact that his sack numbers continue to decline. Daryl Washington is a bit undersized for an inside linebacker, but he moves like a defensive back. It could be argued that Patrick Peterson's contributions on special teams last season (four return touchdowns) were more than offset by his inability to cover. Opposing quarterbacks will likely continue to attack him until he improves: He was targeted 112 times last season, a total that ranked third in the NFL. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (BUFFALO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Anderson out)
*Bills-Cardinals Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
A visit from the defensively challenged Buffalo Bills might be what the banged-up Arizona Cardinals need to get back on track.
Now missing their top two rushers, the Cardinals look to rebound from their first loss of the season while trying to hand the reeling Bills a third consecutive defeat Sunday.
Arizona (4-1) was off to its best start in 38 years before being roughed up in a 17-3 loss at St. Louis last Thursday. Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times, second-year running back Ryan Williams suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and the Cardinals failed to total 300 yards for the fifth time in as many games.
A team which recently believed it was in for a special season now has some serious offensive concerns.
"We'll look at a lot of things that we've got to do, but I'm not going to panic," said coach Ken Whisenhunt, whose team has allowed 17 sacks in the past two games and a league-high 23 overall.
"We've got a team that's tough mentally. They'll bounce back from this."
Though the Cardinals must find a way to better protect Kolb and will use a committee at running back, they could benefit from facing a Buffalo team that has been outscored 97-31 over the last two weeks.
The Bills (2-3) have allowed 1,201 total yards in losses to New England and San Francisco, the most in a two-game span since the New York Yanks (1,227) in 1950. Buffalo surrendered a franchise-worst 621 yards in last Sunday's 45-3 loss to the 49ers, becoming the first team in NFL history to allow 300 yards passing and 300 rushing in the same game.
"We have to figure out what in the world is going on from the first guy to No. 11 on defense," said defensive end Mario Williams, who has managed 1 1/2 sacks after signing a six-year, $100 million contract to leave Houston.
Making matters worse, defensive end Mark Anderson will have surgery on his left knee and will be out indefinitely. Anderson suffered the injury and had difficulty putting any weight on it in the second half last Sunday.
That leaves 10-year veteran Chris Kelsay to take over the starting duties at right end.
While the Bills have the AFC's lowest-ranked defense, surrendering 449.4 yards per game, the Cardinals have the NFC's lowest-ranked offense (273.2).
Arizona's offensive line must improve in pass protection and in run blocking, especially with the top two running backs out of the picture.
The Cardinals rushing attack ranks 31st with 63.4 yards per game, and is without Beanie Wells until late November and Williams once again after he missed last season with a torn patella tendon.
Though the team may look elsewhere for help, LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith are expected to share the rushing duties despite combining for 10 yards on 15 carries this season.
"I feel good about the guys that we've got," Whisenhunt said. "We're always going to look to get better at every position. If that opportunity is there, then we'll certainly try to act on it."
Arizona has run the ball just 32 times over the past two weeks while Kolb has attempted 98 passes, throwing for 613 yards. Larry Fitzgerald has caught 25 passes for 270 yards with two TDs in the last three games after catching five for 67 without a score in the first two.
He had two touchdown receptions when these teams last met as Arizona snapped a four-game skid against Buffalo with a 41-17 home win Oct. 5, 2008.
Fitzgerald could be in for another big performance against the Bills, who have allowed four 100-yard receivers in the last two games. Buffalo ranks 31st in scoring defense (35.2 points per game), and nine of its 10 sacks have come in victories over Kansas City and Cleveland.
"We're all to blame," general manager Buddy Nix said. "Let's do better. Hell, let's get it going."
Electing to stay out west and prepare for this contest, the Bills hope the lack of travel will benefit the defense as well as an offense which was held to 204 total yards by the 49ers.
"I think this is a perfect week to get things fixed," center Eric Wood told the team's official website. "We've got an isolated setting. We don't have a whole lot of distractions out here and it's time to get it straight."
With starting offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik likely out with ankle injuries, Buffalo's task won't be easy against an Arizona defense allowing 15.6 points per game to rank fifth in the NFL.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 126 yards with an interception while Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller combined for 53 yards on 16 carries last Sunday. Fitzpatrick has thrown 12 touchdown passes, but five of his eight interceptions have come over the last two weeks.
"We have the talent," Fitzpatrick said. "That's something we know we have."
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:06:58 PM EST|