“Best thing” for Cards now — turnover margin

Posted by Darren Urban on September 20, 2016 – 11:33 am

Bruce Arians may have been a little salty about how the offense played in the Cardinals’ win Sunday, but he has left no doubt how he feels about the team’s turnover margin. “That’s probably the best thing we’re doing right now,” Arians said. Then again, how could he not see it that way?

Yes, there have been a couple of near-picks for quarterback Carson Palmer, but they have not been picks. So after two games, the Cardinals have yet to turn it over, and have amassed seven turnovers themselves — four interceptions, and three fumble recoveries. Math and the law of averages says the fumbles won’t always bounce the Cards way, but they aren’t putting the ball on the ground themselves.

Right now, they lead the league in takeaways (Carolina, Minnesota and San Francisco each have six) and lead in turnover differential (two ahead of the Vikings’ plus-5.) Oakland and Philadelphia are the other two teams without a turnover yet.

The Cardinals were second in the league in takeaways last season with 33, and they are doing it right now without one of their dynamic back-end players playing at full Honey Badger. That’s a good sign. Another good sign? The only other time the Cards went the first two games without turning the ball in the first two games of the season since 1940 was 2008 — the year the franchise reached the Super Bowl.

(OK, as coincidences go, it’s a stretch. But we’ll see.)




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9 Responses to ““Best thing” for Cards now — turnover margin”

  1. By D on Sep 20, 2016 | Reply

    Another good thing right now is that Seattle, Carolina and Green Bay are also 1-1. Those are the teams the Cards need to keep pace with. Don’t sell me on those Vikings and Giants, those teams will fall back flat on their face soon.

    Josh Mauro is the best DL player right now in that room. CC is still a force, would like to see another player from that unit create some plays soon.

    I wonder if AZ wins big this weekend if it will be the end of Rex as a HC. Wasn’t he and his brother on Buddy’s staff back in the day D?

  2. By Boston John on Sep 20, 2016 | Reply

    One curious question from the Patriot game. I am a AZ season ticket holder but live in Boston and painfully attend a few Patriot home games. During the Sunday night game, it was very odd to hear the music and rally themes the Patriots use at home being played during OUR home game. Any insight on that? Do away teams on prime time games have an option or something? Again,, a subliminal item, but very strange as I sat isn the stands. Lastly, I have said before the Cardinals don;t utilize music enough in the stadium to AMP it up even more. Thanks JD

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 20, 2016 | Reply

    Boston John —

    RE: Music

    My guess is that it is coincidence. I don’t know what you speak to specifically, but many teams have access to the same dramatic music queues.

  4. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 20, 2016 | Reply

    At the game, the cards do a small clip on the big board during a break with a card player and their dog.

    This past Sunday, they did it for Britton Golden. Was that a mistake, being that Golden was cut and now is on the practice squad? Seemed kind of odd they picked a guy (out of 10 home games) that was cut.

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 20, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Golden

    It wasn’t a mistake. Only so many dog-player videos made.

  6. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Sep 20, 2016 | Reply

    Going to the Buffalo game and am super excited. Finally saw the team have some urgency and looking forward to putting it on the Bills this week.
    First road game and a good time to send a message. CO CARDS !!!

  7. By Dr. G. on Sep 20, 2016 | Reply

    Wins and losses are mostly about turnovers. duh… BA may be reminded of the wide open errant pass to PPXXI that he booted…a sure INT. He did make a good INT in the end zone despite being behind the WR though.

    As for the “”queues””… yeah, I have been to many stadiums over the years. Lots of music is//was common league wise. The Macarena was common to get people standing to dance, and Tub Thumping was played a lot when a guy got his bell rung…! Those were the days of a sparse crowd at ASU trying to do the Wave on Sunday…. It worked well on spirited ASU Saturdays though…. Go Cards…

  8. By clssylssy on Sep 21, 2016 | Reply

    From the accounts I’ve read, the Cards offense is playing a very conservative, vanilla game, running the same plays w Palmer averaging only 10 yards…lol, whatever works for now w/o turning the ball over! I look for things to get more “creative” and explosive as time goes by and with the way we started, I’m good with vanilla with the way things have become more flavorful defensively, which is what, IMO, we needed to happen. Now, with the addition of Mr. Cooper, and Mr. Simon (who I’m anxious to see in action with the LSU connection) our defense is going to be wicked savage, a bunch of ballers out there having fun competing for interceptions, pick sixes, sacks and tackles…LOVE IT!
    This road game will be an opportunity for this team to really solidify and start rolling.
    They know what there mistakes have been, have new weapons, and just need to execute w/o getting getting stupid . My biggest concern is that our team is so young w/o the veteran leadership we’ve had in the past, that they will not take this as seriously or the Bills as seriously, and we’ll have another “elevator ride” learning experience.
    The Bills are a desperate and nasty team which makes them extremely dangerous in my mind; they’re a hot mess with nothing to lose really and seem to leave lots of injuries in their wake. I hope we can start fast and take control from the get-go; if we can turn the game over consistently from the start, we will defeat them mentally and win a big part of the battle.
    Congratulations Marcus Cooper, Defensive Player of the Week–way to make an impression at the new job!

  9. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 21, 2016 | Reply

    One of the downsides is that our luck with turnovers will not stay this good. And we already LOST one game where we were +2.

    Only one team had a turnover margin of more than +1 last year — Carolina, at +1.4. The next two teams were KC and Cincy at +0.9 and +0.5. And those three teams were 0.0, -0.2, and 0.0 the year before. You can’t count on turnovers to win games.

    Sure, good defenses can force more turnovers (in particular INT’s), although often INT’s are a function of a team going for the pick — which is often a risky play and you may get burned if you DON’T get the pick. And, obviously, good QB’s throw fewer INT’s. But sometimes you fumble four times in a game and lose none of them, and other times you fumble just twice and lose both of them and a lot of that is just luck.

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