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Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th108.2 (18th)258.5 (9th)
Defense2nd94.9 (9th)210.3 (4th)


Sun Sep 11
L 23 - 21NE
Sun Sep 18
W 40 - 7TB
Sun Sep 25
L 33 - 18at BUF
Sun Oct 2
L 17 - 13LAR
Thu Oct 6
W 33 - 21at SF
Mon Oct 17
W 28 - 3NYJ
Sun Oct 23
6 - 6SEA
Sun Oct 30
L 30 - 20at CAR
Sun Nov 13
W 23 - 20SF
Sun Nov 20
L 30 - 24at MIN
Sun Nov 27
L 38 - 19at ATL
Sun Dec 4
W 31 - 23WAS
Sun Dec 11
L 26 - 23at MIA
Sun Dec 18
L 48 - 41NO
Sat Dec 24
W 34 - 31at SEA
Sun Jan 1
W 44 - 6at LAR


Los Angeles4-12-02-4-0
San Francisco2-14-02-4-0
Cardinals' Patrick Peterson: Picks off three passes in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Peterson supplied 51 tackles (45 solo), six passes defended, and three interceptions in 16 contests during the 2016 campaign.

After an offseason in which he underwent ankle surgery, Peterson proved his health in the preseason, getting a few possessions under his belt in both of the first two games. Over the course of the campaign, his practice reps were occasionally impacted, most notably by a left knee injury from a Week 12 battle with Julio Jones. At this point in his career, Peterson is rarely picked on, as evidenced by 21 combined passes defended over the last three years. The lack of looks inhibit his annual interception total and thereby his IDP potential. No matter, he's a mainstay within the Cardinals' secondary, with no DNPs to date through six seasons.

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Cardinals' Calais Campbell: All-around force in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Campbell compiled 53 tackles (including 34 solo and eight sacks), six passes defended, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and one interception in 16 contests during the 2016 season.

With a pair of viable pass-rushers along for the ride this season -- Chandler Jones and Markus Golden -- Campbell had more room to wreak havoc this season. Although he only set a career high in terms of fumble recoveries, Campbell scooped up one of them and scored the first touchdown of his career from 53 yards out in Week 15 against the Saints. The 30-year-old's resulting 2016 grade on Pro Football Focus was 90.4, which ranked second among interior defenders behind the Rams' Aaron Donald (95.6). Due to the resurgent campaign, Campbell's upcoming price as an unrestricted free agent may be too much for the Cardinals to keep him in the fold with tough decisions to be made elsewhere on the roster.

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Cardinals' Markus Golden: Leads Cardinals with 12.5 sacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Golden secured 51 tackles (41 solo), including a team-high 12.5 sacks, and forced four fumbles in 16 games during the 2016 campaign.

In the Bruce Arians era, the Cardinals ranked in the top half of the NFL in sacks just one time in the first three seasons, boasting the sixth-most in 2013 with 47. With 35 and 36 in the subsequent two years, the front office was proactive last offseason, trading a 2016 second-round pick and disappointing guard Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for Chandler Jones. The addition of Jones seemed to facilitate the development of Golden, who formed a fearsome pass-rushing combo with the Pro Bowler. Leading the league with 48 sacks this season, the Cardinals were one of two teams to roster a pair of double-digit sack artists -- also, divisional foe Seattle -- as Jones was right on Golden's tail with 11. Entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Jones is a prime candidate to receive the team's franchise tag next month, at the very least. Maintaining consistency along the defensive front should help foster Golden's overall development.

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Cardinals' Kevin Minter: Notches 81 tackles in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Minter racked up 81 tackles (59 solo), including a career-high 3.5 sacks, in 16 games during the 2016 season.

Throughout his fourth campaign, Minter was jostling for the team lead in tackles with Deone Bucannon (ankle) and Tony Jefferson (knee), only to finish third behind the duo, despite both landing on injured reserve within the final three weeks. After being contained to special teams as a rookie and LB depth in 2014, Minter has earned at least 88 percent of the defensive snaps in both of the last two seasons. In fact, the inside linebacker hasn't missed a contest during that stretch, averaging 5.5 tackles per game along the way. Nevertheless, he's only forced one turnover in his career to date, so he may not be as desirable as an unrestricted free agent when the market opens on March 9.

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Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald: Opts out of Pro Bowl
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fitzgerald (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Urban didn't cite a reason for Fitzgerald's absence, but after Seattle, a divisional foe, announced Doug Baldwin as the replacement, they noted an injury was to blame for his DNP, per John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site. Fitzgerald will thus embark upon his annual offseason travels, wherein he'll ponder his future in the NFL. Currently, he's locked up contractually through the 2017 campaign.

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