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NFL Week 12 FOX Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Chargers Preview

By PFF Preview Team
Nov 20, 2018

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Beyond providing data for all 32 NFL teams, PFF also supports network broadcasters with game-preview packets that are used to enhance the in-game experience for fans and viewers. This Cardinals-Chargers preview features the same information our broadcast partners use for team research and in-game production.

Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Chargers – FOX, 4:05 PM

Rosen not reading the blitz

Josh Rosen has struggled against the blitz in his rookie year, as he currently has the second-worst passer rating (66.4) when defenses have sent an extra rusher.

Kirk providing hope

Christian Kirk has been one of the very few bright spots for the Cardinals this season. He has gained an average of 1.66 yards per route run, fifth among rookie wide receivers.

Bynes: A stout defender

Josh Bynes has swarmed around the field for the Cardinals defense, ranking fourth in defensive stops among linebackers.

Peterson still one of the best

Patrick Peterson has allowed an average of 0.69 yards per cover snap, ranking fifth among cornerbacks.

Rivers handling pressure

Philip Rivers‘ great 2018 season is due in large part to his success when facing pressure. He has the league’s top passer rating (95.6) and the fourth-lowest sack rate (13.3%) when under pressure.

Allen dominating from the slot

Keenan Allen has run 52.6% of his routes from the slot this season. It hasn’t hurt his game much either; Allen’s 85.3 receiving grade ranks ninth among wide receivers.

Bosa back just in time

Joey Bosa is making his return, and the Chargers couldn’t be happier. He had an overall grade of 88.8 last season, which ranked eighth out of 110 qualifying edge defenders.

Shutting down the crossing routes

The Chargers’ defense is extremely effective against crossing routes. They’ve allowed a passer rating of just 41.7 against crossers – the best mark in the NFL.

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