Lots of defensive snaps, a record number of passes

Posted by Darren Urban on October 12, 2015 – 7:04 am

The Cardinals’ defense got their share of turnovers Sunday — six in all — but some of those defenders got a ton of work too. Because the Cardinals were efficient in the red zone and working on short fields, and because the Lions were able to complete some passes, seven Cards played at least 72 snaps. Four played at least 92. The list:

— CB Jerraud Powers 94
— CB Patrick Peterson 94
— S Tyrann Mathieu 93
— S Rashad Johnson 92
— LB Kevin Minter 86
— S (but LB) Deone Bucannon 85
— S Tony Jefferson 72

That’s a lot. You know what else was a lot — the 70 passes the Lions attempted. Dan Orlovsky didn’t even come in until the third quarter and he threw 38 passes all by himself. For the game, the Lions totaled 70 pass attempts (and they were sacked once and Matthew Stafford scrambled once.) The 70 attempts are an NFL record for a non-overtime game. The only other time a team has tried 70 passes in a game was the Patriots in 1994 against the Vikings, and that game went into overtime.

I’d guess that secondary — and Minter — will need to rest up today.

Rashad Johnson, Patrick Peterson

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12 Responses to “Lots of defensive snaps, a record number of passes”

  1. By Christoph Gärner on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply


    is it just me or did you somewhat mention the lack of pass rush as a problem considering 1) the number of opportunities and 2) the fact the defense knew they would pass the ball.

    Now with Okafor being out possibly a longer period of time (even though he was ineffective anyway), i could see something happen at that position.

  2. By Darren Urban on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    Christoph —

    RE: Pass rush

    I thought they got some pressure. Some of the reasons for turnovers was pressure. But if Okafor is down, it’s a concern, yes.

  3. By joe Holst on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    The Lions are a mes, I don’t understand why they still keep their offensive coordinator, it’s obvious he’s in over his head. They should start gutting there team the way the Bears did last week, trading Jared Allen and others. . Jim Caldwell is now on the hot seat , he is well respected so I don’t understand why he isn’t getting it done. We catch the Steelers without Rothlisberger so that is a break as well.

  4. By jaime on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    Back on Track!!! Lets roll RED!!!! No defeating us…

  5. By D on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    Did you bring your clubs?

    I am glad PP had a second half pick because Johnson was giving him a handful (ha ha) His two penalties erased 2 sacks by the D, both I think were on 3rd downs.

    I am guessing with the loss of Demens, Spoon, just to get a chance to get on the field, may volunteer for Special teams.

    I have followed this team since 1993 and the current players are best RB backfield for a AZ team.

    Hopefully Okafor is only out a few weeks…assuming we will see much more of K. Martin and maybe activate S. Riddick?

  6. By drummer-1 on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    I always wonder why everything that went well fans focus on the negative?

  7. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    #AZCardinals won by 25 points, 45 Offensive plays, half of Lions 89. Defense got 6 TOs, played so much b/c O too efficient too. With Demens and Clemens out, gotta find a role or package for Weatherspoon, to spell LBs and Ss, even a few plays each as ripple effect. Fua flashed, maybe he gets more plays? Promote practice squad DB, like Brooks? No S on PS, btw. Riddick active with Okafor down? Should be interesting week…

  8. By Richard L on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    Jim Caldwell, the Lions coach, will be fired before the end of the year.

  9. By clssylssy on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    You call it “negative” but perhaps there is always room for improvement that some fans see more than the score. We were slow starting, hit our stride in the 2nd, then starting getting comfortable and began letting off the gas such that the Lions backup QB was able to get a score! It was a great team win and our secondary was lights out however, against a different team such as the Rams, Steelers, Bengals, Falcons we need to be better and come out explosively to set the pace.
    This team has so much talent but we need to not give away yards with rookie mistakes (off sides etc). “Celebration” is a BS call but as long as it is on the books as such, players need to pay attention to checking their enthusiasm until after the final whistle (then maybe break out in a rendition of the dance from The Replacements…I am Alive, I will Survive…LOL!)
    But, that being said, the W felt pretty AMAZING after last week!

  10. By Cardinalman on Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

    @drummer-1 That’s the nature of the beast, likely always will be.

  11. By All day on Oct 13, 2015 | Reply

    I think we can expect some new pro bowlers on this squad. Mathieu and Johnson look like the best safeties in the NFL right now and I would say Mathieu is headed for all-pro. Peterson looks better than ever and Bethel has taken that next step. Love how we’re playing except that Palmer is throwing for 161 yards!! lol I wish he’d be going for 300 week in and week out and Larry would be going over 100 each week. But the wins are the stat that matters most.

    GO CARDS!!

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