PFF Preview: Cardinals @ 49ers, Week 17

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PFF Preview: Cardinals @ 49ers, Week 17

2014-Prev-WK17-ARZ@SFThe Arizona Cardinals (11-4) will look to prevent themselves from backing into the playoffs with consecutive losses as they face the San Francisco 49ers (7-8) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd has had an inconsistent season overall, but one of his high points came in a Week 3 matchup against the 49ers. He reeled in five receptions on nine targets for 114 yards. In that game, all of Floyd’s targets came at least 10 yards downfield with five of them being on passes at least 20 yards downfield. On the season, 34.6% of his targets of come on passes at least 20 yards downfield, which demonstrates what Bruce Arians wants to use Floyd for in his offense.

Chris Culliver has had a solid season overall accumulating a +7.3 rating to this point, which ranks him as the 15th-best cornerback. However, it was the week 3 game against the Cardinals in which Culliver had his worst game of the season with a -2.3. Since then Culliver has been solid in coverage with only two games rated below zero. The Cardinals’ quarterback will be different this time around as Culliver will look to redeem his only subpar performance of the season.

Arizona Cardinals

Calais Campbell­- Campbell has played well as a pass rusher and run stopper this year leading the team in quarterback hurries with 41 and trailing only Larry Foote in stops with 36 (Foote has 37).

Deone Bucannon- Of the three rookie safeties with significant snaps, Bucannon leads them in tackle efficiency with a 13.3 tackles per miss. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix comes in second with an efficiency rating of 6.3.

Jared Veldheer- Veldheer has had a strong year at left tackle for the Cardinals ranking fifth in the league in Pass Blocking Efficiency with a 96.8.

San Francisco 49ers

Aaron Lynch- The 49ers’ rookie outside linebacker is currently ranked seventh in Pass Rush Productivity and leads the rookies with 10.9.

Joe Staley- Staley ranks in the Top 5 of the league’s offensive tackles for the third straight season. He currently has a +21.4 overall grade which ranks him foruth.

Mike Iupati- In a contract year, Iupati has been the league’s second-best run blocking guard accumulating a +17.7 going into the season finale.

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  • MosesZD

    How are the Cardinals ‘backing into’ the playoffs if they lose? Backing in is where other teams lose and you get in. Speaking as a non-Cardinal fan, I would say the Cardinals EARNED their spot, despite their late-season QB issues that will probably wreck their playoff hopes and there is nothing ‘backed-in’ about it.