ReFo: Cardinals @ Broncos, Week 5

Notable performances from the Broncos' Week 5 win over Arizona.

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ReFo: Cardinals @ Broncos, Week 5

2014-REFO-WK05-ARZ@DENLosing yet another key defensive starter, the Cardinals managed for as long as they could before succumbing to the Denver offensive wave.

Calais Campbell left the game with a knee injury and took with him the team’s last force up front, leaving the Broncos a bit more space to operate in. The tough Arizona team showed resolve, though, as their backup QB and determined D helped keep things close well into the third quarter before the dam broke and Denver pulled away.

In a game that featured 81 pass attempts from the two teams combined, 10 three-and-outs for the Cardinals’ offense were just too much for them to be able to keep pace with the well-oiled Manning-led machine.

Arizona Cardinals – Performances of Note

Calais Campbell, DE: +1.8

Breakdown: Campbell turned in his fourth game ‘in the green’ this season despite being forced from it early after suffering an MCL sprain on a nasty cut block by Julius Thomas. In his 35 snaps he collected a hurry and a stop but the an interception on a screen pass was his stand out moment.

Signature Play: With 4:50 left in the second quarter, Campbell fell off his pass rush and right into the lane of Manning’s screen attempt, hauling in the interception and returning it to the 5-yard line to set up an Andre Ellington score on the next play.

Jerraud Powers, CB: +3.1

Breakdown: Powers spent most of his day working out of the slot (36 coverage snaps) and gave up his share of completions, but managed to keep the damage to a minimum, giving up just 6.6 yards per and notching a couple of third-down stops. Also cut in front to come away with a second-quarter pick on an underthrown Peyton Manning pass.

Signature Play: At 10:40 of the second quarter, Emmanuel Sanders tried to run a wheel from the slot, but Powers played it perfectly, never giving a window, and took the OPI as Sanders opted to give him a shove rather than a chance at a second interception.

Bobby Massie, RT and Lyle Sendlein, C: -3.8 combined pass blocking

Breakdown: The Arizona linemen had issues with a couple of Denver defenders on the 38 snaps they spent in pass protection. While Massie gave up a sack, a hit and a hurry to Von Miller on the edge, Sendlein allowed a pair of hits to Malik Jackson up the middle.

Signature Play: Highlights they’re not, but as a taste of the day the pair had… Massie watched Miller pull off a smooth swim move to the inside on his way into the backfield (Q1, 4.08) and Sendlein, a few plays later (Q1, 2:41), is pushed aside by Jackson to open a path to the QB.

Denver Broncos – Performances of Note

Von Miller, OLB: +3.8

Breakdown: Up to his usual tricks, Miller pegged together positives as both a run defender and as a pass rusher that gave him yet another significantly strong game grade. Denver’s edge star turned 28 pass rushing snaps into six total pressures — including three sacks, one coming on a looping path wide around the Arizona right tackle, Massie, to take down Drew Stanton at the top of a deep drop.

Signature Stat: Miller’s 20 total pressures on the year top his position and rank behind only Dwight Freeney and Ryan Kerrigan league-wide.

Chris Harris, Jr., CB: +4.1

Breakdown: Harris saw seven passes come his way and none completed. Knocking down three himself, Harris had the opportunity for an icing-on-the-cake gift interception that bounced from Ted Ginn’s hands into the oncoming Bronco CB’s chest, but no doubt surprised and with just a split second to react, he wasn’t able to secure it. Even without that topper, a fine day in coverage.

Signature Stat: Harris’ 0.53 Yards per Cover Snap allowed on the season is the sixth-best mark out of 96 CBs who have logged at least 70 snaps in coverage.

Peyton Manning, QB: -0.7

Breakdown: A feel-good day as Manning led the team to a win, threw his 500th career touchdown pass and topped his previous best for yards in a game measured out to a near even performance in the end. His 47 attempts ranged from the beautiful (2Q 1:48, hit Demaryius Thomas perfectly in stride up the sideline) to the careless and hurried (that intercepted screen by Campbell, 2Q 4:50) and he mixed in even shares of off-target and well-placed balls throughout to land around zero.

Signature Play: Manning has connected on 17 of 27 throws deeper than 10 yards down the left side and only four of 11 down the right.

PFF Game Ball

Demaryus Thomas +2.0 receiving grade and huge day of work against Antonio Cromartie had him firmly in as the star of the show for the Denver offense on a 41-point day.



  • common_sense_is

    Manning at -0.7 after throwing a career high 479 yards and 4 touchdowns, each one a beautiful, perfectly placed pass? The second interception was very fluky. Manning himself said he would throw that pass again and again because how Campbell reacted is just not normal. Hard for me to understand or accept this below average rating. I find it incredibly difficult to believe that anyone outside of Rodgers or Brees could have done better. I think I will just stick with ESPN’s QBR going forward because PFF has lost credibility with this one.

    • Broncosfanuk

      I am a Bronco fan, and having watched the game can confirm that Manning had a mixed performance. You would not expect flawlessness though when you have to pass almost 50 times and don’t really have a running game of note. But there is no doubt he had his fair share of misses to go along with some perfectly thrown balls too. I especially liked the 1st TD pass to Julius, on a dime.

      • bobrulz

        Yes I agree. He put up huge stats and had his typical share of beautiful passes, but it also seems he had a higher than usual number of off-target passes. The first interception was also very bad and I think is the kind of throw that gives some credence to those who talk about his arm strength not being what it once was. I have no doubt that the complete inability to get the running game going had something to do with it though.

    • SteveS

      QBR isn’t the worst QB play indicator. There’s QB rating…that’s the worst. Then QBR.

    • Hanzo the Razor

      I have to agree. His interceptions were horrible and a good chunk of yardage he got was YAC, but he was playing a top five defense and did really well against them. I can see not having some really high rating but a slightly negative one? That’s ridiculous, IMO.

      • Shane Inlosangeles

        PFF does not factor in quality of opponent when grading.