Getting offensive: After 8 vs. after 8

Posted by Darren Urban on November 1, 2013 – 9:15 am

The Cardinals have a whole new coaching staff, a new quarterback, and a new offensive system. At this point, the offense has not been as crisp or productive as the Cards have hoped. But it does seem like it is better than last season at this point.

Generally, the numbers bear it out.

Year 1st downs 3rd-down Pct Yds Yds rushing Yds Passing Sacks allowed Att Comp TD INT
2013 156 31-98 (31.6) 2516 184-745 1930 23 285 175 10 14
2012 146 36-118 (30.5) 2319 183-632 1915 39 309 182 9 7

As you can see, there isn’t a giant discrepancy. There is a pretty healthy difference in the running game — more than 100 yards — and the arrow would seem to point up for the Cardinals heading forward with the way Andre Ellington and now Stepfan Taylor have looked. The third-down conversions aren’t much better, and the fewer third-down chances says to me more about the Cards getting some yards on first- and second-down rather than shorter drives. As long as Carson Palmer stays healthy too, I think the offense creates a bigger gap between now and 2012 too, both with the schedule coming and the recollection that the Cards’ offense got worse — much worse — in the second half of the season last year. Sacks are way down too, believe it or not. Palmer better figure out the interception problem, however. That’s the glaring error of 2013.


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10 Responses to “Getting offensive: After 8 vs. after 8”

  1. By Mike G on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is cool! Nice comparison in the blog from last year to this year. You can see the differences in each category. At the half way point— I think the 2 areas of improvement are the running game and the sacks taken by team. And of course the negative are the turnovers by Palmer. Hopefully going into the 2nd half of the season Palmer can improve on that turnover number. I believe if the Cards’ can continue to improve in their running games–Palmer’s turnovers will come down. I think overall Arian’s and the coaching staff have done a pretty good job with the team. Hey Darren–One thing I thought off –Do you think Palmer would be much different if Whisenhunt was working with him???? I know Whiz has turned around Phillip Rivers and has him playing well in San Diego!!!!

  2. By Zach on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Sacks allowed and INT’s are a big discrepancy. O Line is doing much better this year. Too many INT’s, if Carson can go a few games without a pick that would be amazing!

  3. By gbrim on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Palmer has thrown too many interceptions throughout his career, so hoping he will get a whole lot better at that is just hope, not an expectation. Cards need to run the ball more and put less pressure on Palmer to carry the offense—even in games where the running results aren’t that good.

  4. By jasonc on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply


    An interesting stat you left off was points scored.

    2012-127 points scored or 15.9 PPG
    2013-160 points scored or 20 PPG

    That’s with the egregious number of interceptions in 2013 and the fact that the 2012 team scored 91 of those 127 points (72%) in the first 4 games that season. As we all know 2012 got progressively worse after those first 4 games as we failed to reach the 20 point plateau for the rest of the season (except for the Detroit game when we scored 38 where 2 TD’s were the result of turnovers inside Detroit’s 5, an INT return for a TD and a turnover on downs at Detroit’s 29).

  5. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Yep. Palmer.. and Arians…

  6. By realworldproblemsxoxo on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Been saying it since game 4. Kevin Kolb did much better in his 4 games under a much worse O line. CP hasn’t been an upgrade until the last game. Well see how it continues tho.

    Our future looks very bright. When J cooper comes back well allow even less sacks. With him our two new backs will get even better. Call me crazy but Ellington behind J coop I think he might be the leader in rushing next season.

  7. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply


    nice job on this li’l math matrix, love this kind of stuff. I know many others do too.

    btw, did you see the end zone view/vid of the bull rush on our goal line stand? ting o beauty… I looked at my wife and said “Oh, my”.. and we laughed at our two NTs pushing that pile, their line simply collapsed …


  8. By Craig on Nov 2, 2013 | Reply

    I hope we can draft another J. Cooper and have two probowl offensive guards next to Sendelein. Sorry Colledge but you need to be a back up. Would love to see Fitzgerald stay a Cardinal, but I would much rather see winning the division again. If we can’t have one without the other than sorry to Fitz also.

  9. By ored on Nov 2, 2013 | Reply

    i think we have the guard situation fixed once cooper is back,just need to figure out the interesting to see how much offense versus defense we draft next year,i’m guessing more offense,but you never know who stays and who goes on defense with all the short timers signed.

  10. By Matthew Thomas on Nov 4, 2013 | Reply

    Man we need more O Line and a qb because some of the O Line we got so this year is not good enough. And to be correct we also need a future qb as well. Just imagine for next year when we’ll be a better team then last year.

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