As you can see the Cardinals are allowing only 11

first_imgAs you can see, the Cardinals are allowing only 11.4 yards per reception to opposing wideouts — tied for the lowest mark in the division — and the 1,566 yards they’ve given up is also a respectable number. But the numbers are really only put into context when combined. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TeamCatchesYardsAverageTD100-yard games TeamCatchesYardsAverageTD100-yard games But if Arizona is shutting down opposing wide receivers, the opponents’ passing numbers are just being distributed differently, right?“Our matchups outside on wide receivers are very good against everybody,” Arians said.But are they?Wide Receiver Production vs. NFC West Teams San Francisco 49ers444259.730 Yes, it looks bad. The Cardinals have allowed three of the 23 100-yard performances by tight ends in the league this season. And three tight ends, Vernon Davis of San Francisco, Jared Cook of St. Louis and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham have the posted the three highest receiving yardage totals the Cards have allowed this year. Arizona Cardinals791,04213.2143 St. Louis Rams1492,03013.6133 TeamCatchesYardsAverageTD100-yard games Seattle Seahawks1221,39011.473 San Francisco 49ers1451,83712.763 That brought the number of touchdowns scored by tight ends against the Cardinals to 14 this season.Despite the alarming numbers, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians doesn’t think the tight end production against his team is an anomaly.“I think they’ve exploited the league,” he said on The Dan Bickley Show with Vince Marotta Monday. “They’re a very hard matchup for safeties. Most safeties are 5-10 or 5-11 and most of these tight ends are 6-5 or 6-6, so you can throw the ball away from them.”I decided to do a little research on the matter — and that research was startling.In addition to the 14 touchdowns, opposing tight ends have caught 79 balls for 1,042 yards against the Cardinals. Their division opponents haven’t sustained nearly as much damage against largely the same group of players.Tight End Production vs. NFC West Teams Top Stories But the numbers seem to support Arians’ assertion that the cornerbacks of the Cardinals have matched up well with wideouts, who in the grand scheme, are much more dangerous on a week-in, week-out basis. Seattle Seahawks5660610.840 Arizona Cardinals2162,60812.1225 Fans of the Arizona Cardinals were channeling their inner-Yogi Berra Sunday, because when it came to the Big Red defense covering tight ends, it was deja vu all over again.In other words, the Cardinals, who have the seventh-ranked defense in the National Football League, struggled to contain Philadelphia tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek in a 24-21 loss. The duo had nine catches for 97 yards and most importantly, three touchdowns. The final piece of the puzzle is, of course, rushing defense. Arizona ranks fourth in the league (first in NFC West) in defending the run, allowing just 83.3 yards per contest. So it stands to reason that opponents would throw more against them — and they have. Opponents throw on Arizona an average of 39.9 times per game — the fourth-highest number in the league. And the Cardinals are tied for fourth in the league in net yards per pass attempt against at just 4.9.The bottom line is, yes, opposing tight ends have blistered the Cardinals’ defense in 2013. San Francisco 49ers1892,26212.093 St. Louis Rams1932,55513.2173 Comments   Share   Combined TE/WR Production vs. NFC West Teams Seattle Seahawks1782,17412.2113 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling St. Louis Rams4452511.940 Arizona Cardinals1371,56611.482last_img read more