On Wednesday, Chandler Jones gets another sack

Posted by Darren Urban on October 18, 2017 – 11:03 am

Sure it’s midweek, but Chandler Jones just got another sack.

The linebacker is having a great season anyway, but no, he’s not so good as to take a QB down when there’s no game being played. In the fourth quarter, Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was credited with a run for a loss of two yards, with defensive lineman Frostee Rucker being credited with the tackle. But it wasn’t Rucker but Jones who made the stop, and it was on a pass attempt, so Elias officially called it a sack. It was Jones’ second sack of the game.

It also means Jones now has seven sacks in six games, a Cardinals’ record for most sacks in the first six games of a season. Curtis Greer held the previous mark with 6½ sacks in six games in 1983. Jones already has five multi-sack games with the Cardinals in 21 games with the team.

Jones was great against the Bucs even without his sacks. His pressure on the QB has been consistent all season and he’s even stood strong against the run. After his huge contract extension this offseason, Jones is showing why he got all that money.

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20 Responses to “On Wednesday, Chandler Jones gets another sack”

  1. By JTDG on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply

    Chandler is having a great year. He is on pace for 18-19 sacks. Worth every penny.

    But even as well as he has played, if the back end doesn’t do their job, huge passing days happen.

    The cards secondary needs to do their job.

  2. By JTDG on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply

    Looking at the Rams game Sunday;

    First thing that jumps out at me? The Rams are 29th against the run. Wow.

    Second thing that jumps out ? The Rams have 20 sacks already this year. That is 2nd in the NFL.

    The cards Oline have given up 21 sacks, including 2 last week to the 32nd ranked pass rush in Tampa.

    Pretty easy to see, if you run AP, you can win. If Palmer throws 40 times, they will lose. Got to limit the number of times Palmer drops back to pass to 20-25 times. Run the ball 25-30 times.

    Third thing that jumps out ? The Rams are #1 in scoring offense. Almost 30 points a game they score.

    Todd Gurley has become this years David Johnson. He is 4th in the league in rushing with 4 TDs, but also has 23 catches and 3 more TDs.

    Their Oline has only given up 9 sacks. They have weapons at Receiver and TE.

    Meanwhile, the cards are 28th in points allowed giving up 26 points a game.

    How do the cards win?
    I see the cards only chance to win this game is on offense. They must be able to run AP, control the clock and score points on their possessions . You just cant have 3 and outs.

    Think why the rams have so many sacks? First, they have a great DC who knows how to coach players up in Wade Phillips. He has always had guys with big sacks. Second, if the rams are scoring lots of points, you tend to throw more, which allows more sacks.

    Key Matchups –
    – Earl Watford came off the couch last week to start at RG. This week, he will see some Aaron Donald.
    – Humphries vs Robert Quinn. Humphries had an easy time with Tampa’s ends, but they had zero sacks combined for the year. Quinn is legit.
    – Alec Ogletree vs AP. – I know the whole defense will need to stop AP, but Ogletree is having a great year.
    – Cards DBs not named Peterson vs the rams receivers. The rams have 5 guys at WR who can beat you and you can’t sleep on their TEs.

    If the cards want to show that they are a legit contender and not a pretender, they must go out and knock off the rams. Both teams are traveling so, no home field advantage. This is a golden opportunity for the cards.

    A loss, well, the Rams will be 5-2 with a two game lead as the cards have to play two division games, including the seahawks.

  3. By joe holst on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply

    Hard not to notice Calais Campbell’s 8 sacks above him and wonder “What if” he was resigned.

  4. By Rick on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply

    One of the best moves by the team.

  5. By aschatte on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply

    The Cards secondary has been awful this year. 27 points in the 4th quarter to Ryan Fitzpatrick! Seriously, you cant call yourself a contender by the way we played the 4th quarter against TB. Defense needs to step up more and Chandler has been doing a very good job. Is it going to be enough against the Rams? I call this a loss unless the defense can compliment the offense….or another Eagles game awaits us! ..Must run the ball and hope for the best on defense!

  6. By dkerry5242 on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply

    This is a “must win” situation. The Cards cannot afford to fall two games back in the loss column. Doing so would probably eliminate any chance of a wild card berth, due to prior NFC losses, and make it almost impossible to win the division.

  7. By Coach K on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply


    Agree with you 100%. We just need to repeat what we did last week and
    we will be fine. AP 25 carries and BA involving Tight ends and all receivers on play action passes to control the clock.

    At times, BA can take his deep shot, but he needs to control himself and continue to run the ball and play action passing as his core offense.

    Defense- I hope the coaches have given Reddick some help with pass rush angles, leverage and an inside move.

    Would love to see more push up the middle collapsing the pocket from our D-line.

  8. By Patrick on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply

    Chandler Jones is definitely living up to his contract extension, played great before the extension, playing great after the extension. Jermaine Gresham is an example of the opposite. Did not play great before the extension, and not playing great after the extension. Too many dumb penalties last year and more of the same this year. Have no clue why the Cardinals paid so much to extend, money could have been much better spent elsewhere.

  9. By CARDS62 on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply

    Rams are a strange bunch. Last year offense no good and defense elite and this year their offense seems to carry them. They light up the 49ers but allow 49ers to light them up and Rams have a defensive battle with the Seahawks.

    Rams also have strong special teams which could decide this game.

    Just no idea which team will show up for the Rams in London or for that matter the Cardinals. I am hoping the Cardinal Team from the first half of the Bucs game shows up.

    Go Cards beat Rams

  10. By Jo Ball on Oct 18, 2017 | Reply


    Great article as always but there is a typo in the tittle. Chandler* Jones.

  11. By Darren Urban on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    Jo —

    RE: Title


  12. By clssylssy on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    Our defense needs a shot of botox, like the one given to the offense. Our secondary used to be the best but is a mess when we go to zone with the appearance of a Chines fire drill. This Rams defense is going to shred our offense and get to Palmer if we don’t have some serious blocking from EVERYBODY, can’t afford rookie penalties by Greshem like we saw against the Bucs and last year; he should know better by now!
    As good as AP is, he has to line up at least 7 yards back, and so to try to use him in short goal attempts is a waste of time, he’s not Marshawn Lynch! This is a VERY young and energetic team and so we will need to come out fast and strong and play for the ENTIRE GAME–defense is going to have to find a way to find their inner marathon man, gonna have to channel The Old Fly Zone and come up with some pick 6’s.
    Last week was a warm up and Adrian’s debut, this will be an opportunity to begin to cement his legacy! Let’s begin to turn this season on it’s ear and WIN THIS DIVISION! IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME…GO CARDS!

  13. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    “When you gets sacks, they give you stacks” Chandler Jones.

    Wild London prediction: Nke gets 2 TFL, CJ 2 sacks, All Day runs for buck 25, Cards dominate, roll to 1st place as NYG win 2nd over SEA

  14. By Scott H on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    Jones is playing very well but if no one else will say it I will – what it appears to be turning into is a standout player on an otherwise bad defense. Jones plays well across the board, is on his way to a fine statistical season but what will that achieve? This defense has been torched the last two weeks by a 2nd year QB and a washed up QB, respectively. We are giving up far too many big plays in the passing game and allowing 3rd down conversions at an alarming rate ( a large percentage of 3rd and long’s among them ).

    I don’t want to root for an individual player, so he can make the Pro Bowl. I want better play from the defense across the board.

  15. By Scott H on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    Adam –

    You know that Nkemdiche would actually have to PLAY to make that happen, right? Hey, I’d love to see it, too but he can’t tackle anyone from the in-active list.

  16. By Dr. G on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    Gambler’s odds love the Rams!

    O/U at 47, Rams at -3.5, will win @ 31-15 and cover the spread!

    Let’s give them one giant disappointment! Keep Gurley under 60 yds. Spy him.

    We limit their run, and get the win. They cannot stop our ground game…clock control. No riskit/biscuit stuff to show off…more crossing patterns and more no-huddle…speed things up.

    Go Cards!

  17. By Big Ken on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    The Ram’s are no joke this year with Wade Phillips as their DC.

  18. By DZ on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    If the first half Cards from last weeks game play the Rams 4 quarters like that, we win. This is a must Win game. At least it should be in every Cards coach and players minds this week. Bring the intensity on both sides of the line and everything else will take care of its self. Quick tempo on offence while getting the ball out fast and spreading it around makes the Rams or any defense play true and we will beat that. It is obvious that when there is more than 2.5 seconds, we break down mentally and physically, losing blocks, holding calls, and WR thinking what they are going to do before they get the ball. And you know what happens when that happens. ( always excluding Fitz when generalizing)
    Thank you Chandler for brining it this year. Hopefully others will see the honor in that and bring it too.

    I would suggest a more physical warmup this Sunday and do a little sled hitting to get the juices flowing early.

  19. By Joe C. on Oct 19, 2017 | Reply

    I’d like to see the defense get creative with multiple DB’s with Reddick and Buc and really cover the field. Bethea, Branch, PP, HB, CB2, Buc, Reddick really gives you speed and coverage. Get two lineman and one more LB’s plus a wildcard depending on run/pass situation and I think you can out athletic most offenses. It would be interesting.

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