Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What Running Game?

I have never been called a math whiz, but even I know that this idea of the Cardinals discovering this top-notch running game in the playoffs is a crock of...

The media and so-called experts may lie, but the numbers don't.
  • 2008 regular season: Cardinals finished last in the NFL with an average of 73.6 rushing yards per game. The also had a 3.3 yards per carry average.
  • Wild Card Weekend: Against the 25th ranked run defense of the Falcons, the Cardinals had 86 rushing yards on 28 carries. This is a pathetic 3.01 yards per carry average.
  • Divisional Round: Against the 20th ranked run defense of the Panthers, the Cardinals had 145 rushing yards on 43 carries. Again a pathetic 3.37 yards per carry average.

So in 2 playoff games the Cardinals are averaging 3.25 yards per carry against mediocre run defenses. Nothing impressive there. I wish them luck against this Eagles' defense.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Cardinals are a one dimensional team the stats do not lie. Edgerrin James is not a quality running back anymore. If the Cardinal's are going to win this game they are going to have to pass the ball a lot effectively while not turning it over and meanwhile get several turnovers from the Eagles. I will be a tall order for them.