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An equation for sacks

Posted by Darren Urban on November 2, 2012 – 10:54 am

The math seems pretty simple.

The Cardinals and Packers are currently tied for the NFL lead with 26 sacks each, and each have a dynamic linebacker who is leading the way (Daryl Washington has eight for the Cardinals, Clay Matthews has nine for the Packers). On the flip side, while it’s known around these part the Cardinals have surrendered the most sacks while on offense (39), the Packers have allowed the second-most sacks (28).

“(The Cardinals) have a have a uniqueness to their pressure in that their interior three guys are all very good pass rushers, which you don’t always see in a 3-4,” said Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and certainly it seems that Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett can create more havoc than most 3-4 ends. “This is a unique challenge because it’s a defense that kind of throws a different pressure package at you, so it’s been an intense week of preparation.”

Given all that, it would sure seem like the team that can best protect its quarterback Sunday would gain an advantage. It may not be easy. It also isn’t a surprise to note both teams have had trouble running the ball this season, another way opposing teams can amp up its pass rush — knowing a pass is coming. Of course, in this matchup, props must also belong to defenses that know how to get to a passer. The Cards and coordinator Ray Horton can bring pressure from a lot of different places, and Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers can do the same.

“Dom is one of those guys who wants blood,” said Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge, a former Packer. “He’s got a couple of guys who can rush the passer and the way we are doing pass pro right now, I’d assume those guys want to rush the passer too.”


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16 Responses to “An equation for sacks”

  1. By Gilbert on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    I think the key would be to shut down Rodgers Like they did Brady if possible that would be the key. Maybe everyone is looking for big points from the packers but that may not be the case. N not to repeat the mistakes from Monday a better qb execution n some running to do. The cards should come on top on this one by a small margin.

  2. By Dynosoar on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    The key, get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald. Move the chains. Find the endzone.

    On third down, elite quarterbacks throw for first downs and touchdowns. Establish the passing game and the run will open up. The Hyphen works best in open space, so let’s open some space for him. Good screens to him and Housler or King.

    I just want to see the quarterback moving the chains.

    I believe controlling the scoreboard is more important than controlling the clock. Score early and score often.

  3. By Dynosoar on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    (Watching our defense I realize the briliance is plays that disguise and confuse where the attack is comming from. I remember the ’86 Bears, we all knew Payton was going to run and run and run. Just never knew where the hole was going to open up. Great play calling. Disguise where the play is going.)

    Or simply throw it to Fitzgerald for every play of the first drive. Then spread the ball around after he finds the endzone. Man, he really wanted that TD against san Francisco near the end.

  4. By Blair on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    I think a five game looking streak to remind us all of the 1-6 streak last year warrants some hot seat talk for whiz. I’m so tired of the “you can’t force it” and “if there was someone better they would be playing” excuses. The o line has been worst I think the league for three years straight now, that’s not injuries, that’s poor decision making on the front office. Please don’t give whiz one more year to show everyone the same thing for a fourth year.

  5. By D on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    I would tape J. King to the tackle that has to block Matthews, maybe then he only ends up with 3 sacks on Sunday.

  6. By sarah on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    Kind of funny in the pics on the site here, is that pic our Daryl Colledge playing for Green Bay allowing a Card player to sack the GB QB ( maybe it is the punter ) ?

    No line or rushing this Sunday and no chance of win ! QB cannot throw the entire game. I would however like to see more emphasis in the first half of scoring points as opposed to a slow methodical ball control game with short passing and supposed running game. Relying on the defense got exposed against SF .

  7. By Dynosoar on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    D

    Tape him to the tackle. That’s classic!

  8. By Rick on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to see ray Horton as our head coach and whiz as our offensive coordinator. That would be a good decision to keep Horton around for years to come. Far fetched tho….

  9. By johnnybluenose on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    DYNOSOAR. i´m glad you are feeling better and i applaud your optimism. i wish i had been able to see our guys playing at home. i love our stadium. as for fitz, he has a great work ethic and great hands but he cannot seem to get any separation. i don´t know if he is the problem or if it is our quarterbacks or our secondary receivers or what. all i know is this. fitz is being paid a lot of money and is not delivering the result we all expect. something needs to change. we will not win with this combination of players and coaches.

  10. By Cardinal on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    85 bears

  11. By Credit Card on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    Our offensive line can slow down a defensive lineman’s on-coming rush that only Usain Bolt can out run. Either the Cards open their manly purse and bride Bolt to change from track and field to football, or get a new offensive line coach and better talent up front. Keep in mind, Usaine Bolt should still wear his track uniform — putting pads on him, would spell disaster.

    Last week, the SF D-line literally pushed the Card line back 1 to 1 1/2 yards backward each and every play. Totally out-manned, out physicaled, and out-played. sorry sight to see.

  12. By jason marcus on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    Get ready for at least 4 sacks on skelton, a couple of ints, Skelton is very bad right now and does not have what it takes mentally i guess physically he seems great,a GB win would be a miracle, the next two games could plunge us into the abyss.

  13. By Scott H on Nov 3, 2012 | Reply

    Unfortunately, the packers have a guy named Aaron Rogers playing QB. And we’ve got….never mind.

  14. By AZ Cardinals Rock on Nov 3, 2012 | Reply

    All rite, all you haters warm up your typing hands…The problem with out tackles is not the tackles but..the interior three linemen are being shoved back into the Qb’s lap and he can’t slide up in the pocket and allow the tackles to push the ends up-field past the pocket. Snyder, College, and Sendiline have got to anchor better and with stand the inital push in the A gaps. Also, I know picking the “best avaialalbe” player sounds good, “IF” you have a solid core to work around. A couple of stout line men,say a guard and tackle, would have really helped. Remember Walter Payton, average lines at best for a awesome runner. Think if he had played fifteen years for the Cowboys how many yards he would have had. And poor Emmitt Smith if he had been behind the dismal lines of the Bears. With stout offensive and defensive line play, Everybody else can be a plug and play replacement. Even Peyton Manning needs more than 2 seconds to set up a pass play. Come on coach, fix the line and everybody else gets better. Lay it on me if you don’t agree.

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