ARZ-DET Grades: Stafford benched, Cardinals rout Lions

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Cardinals’ 42-17 win over the Lions.

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(AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

ARZ-DET Grades: Stafford benched, Cardinals rout Lions

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Cardinals’ 42-17 win over the Lions.

Arizona Cardinals

– QB Carson Palmer (+3.5) finished with just 14 pass attempts, but earned a positive grade for the fifth week in a row and currently leads all quarterbacks with a +18.7 overall grade. Palmer faced pressure only four times, and was 11-for-12 for 161 yards and three touchdowns (158.3 QB Rating, +4.0 PFF passing grade) when not pressured.

– The Cardinals offense dominated in the run game, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. Five different players earned run blocking grades of +1.0 or better, and 103 of the team’s 187 rushing yards came before contact. LG Mike Iupati (+1.2) led the team with a +2.4 run blocking grade.

– DE Calais Campbell (+2.0) has earned a positive grade in every game this season, and ranks fifth among 3-4 defensive ends with a +13.0 overall grade. Campbell finished with one hit, two hurries and a +1.6 run defense grade.

Top performers:

QB Carson Palmer (+3.5)

FS Tony Jefferson (+3.1)

DE Calais Campbell (+2.0)

TE Darren Fells (+2.0)

LT Jared Veldheer (+2.0)


Detroit Lions

– QB Matt Stafford finished with a -3.3 grade, and has now earned a negative grade in all five games this season. He was pressured 12 times, but actually earned a lower grade when he had a clean pocket: 14-for-21 for 113 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a -2.3 grade when not pressured. Stafford is currently our lowest-graded quarterback with a -16.5 overall grade. He was even benched for Dan Orlovsky in the second half.

– RG Manuel Ramirez (+1.9) has been excellent this season, grading positively in all five games. Ramirez earned a season-best +3.0 pass blocking grade yesterday after allowing just one hurry on 76 pass-blocking snaps. His +6.9 overall grade ranks eleventh among NFL guards.

– It was a quiet debut for LB DeAndre Levy (-0.7). Levy was our third-highest ranked 4-3 OLB in 2014, but missed the first four games of 2015 due to injury. He played 17 snaps yesterday, but failed to register on the stat sheet and left the game after aggravating his injured hip.

Top performers:

LT Riley Reiff (+4.1)

TE Brandon Pettigrew (+2.1)

RG Manuel Ramirez (+1.9)

HB Theo Riddick (+1.9)

CB Darius Slay (+1.1)

  • Gaek

    Just curious: How has Ansah been grading this year? He is a really curious case and a hard player to figure out. He makes at least one or two flash plays every game that few other edge rushers can even contemplate making, but he never seems to dominate an entire game as much as his overall athleticism seems to warrant – at least in games I’ve watched. I know a part of it is his late introduction the game and hence his still developing status, but he seems to be roughly the same player he was as a rookie in terms of technique – he doesn’t use his hands well, and he is a 2 move only guy – outside speed rush and bull rush (3 if you count his ill-timed and awkward spin move). Are there rumors out of Detroit about his being lukewarm about learning the game?

    • Andrew Maples

      I’d guess, neutral. He makes big plays against the pass, but also has been responsible for giving up plays vs the run.

    • jojomellon

      Subscribe and find out.

      • Malachi

        lol, right?

    • Tim Edell

      30th ranked edge rusher with 76.80 grade. 72.80 pass rush and 83.80 run defense grade. Apparently being a prick like these other 2 that replied is just easier.

      • Gaek

        Thanks. So that’s about what I expected. He doesn’t bring consistent pressure, but he converts a higher rate of those pressures into sacks than most. His run defense – surprisingly – has been better than his pass rush in most of the games I’ve seen as well.

  • Keith Buckingham

    So I gave the “free trial” a shot to see how several teams stacked.. When I looked at the RB for the Cards they don’t have a single “Avg Starter” but instead all rank as backups.

    All 3 Cards RB (60-69 = Backup):
    David Johnson: 65.5 (18 Carries, 91 Yards, 5.1 YPC, 3TDs)
    Andre Ellington: 63.6 (15 Carries, 132 Yards, 8.8 YPC, 2 TDs)
    Chris Johnson: 61.6 (79 Carries, 405 Yards, 5.1 YPC, 2 TDs)

    These are all bad grades for the highest YPC team in the NFL, right? Now I imagine you think “Well it must be the line doing the work according to PPF” but the answer to this thought is “NO” or less they run Left every single play (except those that fail apparently).. because after Veldheer and Iupati heading to the right things go bad QUICKLY:

    C: L.Sendelien: 69.3
    RG: J.Cooper: 62.5
    RT: B.Massie: 56.8

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think these 3 are even close to top of the league but I find these “ratings” odd. Now I know this site is supposed to take a “logical” approach to every single grade including evaluation on every play of what each individual did… But how is the running game so successful if this is true when they’re basically playing with backup (or below) caliber players in all the key positions but 2?

    Again I understand STATS aren’t a factor in these ratings, but I’d say SUCCESS is a HUGE factor which this team has when running the ball. Where are these yards coming from with all of these subpar players on the field?

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