Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cardinals Outlook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cardinals Outlook

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Byline: John Reid


When: 4:25 p.m.

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium Stadium.


- The series between the Cardinals and Jaguars is tied 2-2. Arizona has won the previous two games: 31-17 in 2009 and 27-13 in 2013. Two of the four games have been played in Jacksonville and the only regular-season contest played in Arizona occurred in 2005. The Cardinals will be hosting the Jaguars for the first time at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

- Among the league's other 30 teams, only the Houston Texans have played the Cardinals fewer times (four) than the Jaguars.

- After moving to fifth place on the NFL's all-time receiving yardage list last week, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald needs 52 yards to pass Isaac Bruce (15, 208) for fourth place. Fitzgerald's total of 15,157 receiving yards with one team ranks second in NFL history behind Jerry Rice's 19,247 yards with the San Francisco 49ers.

- Arizona is the only team in the NFL this season to start three quarterbacks. Former Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert earned his first last week at Houston after backup quarterback Drew Stanton went on the injured list with a knee injury. In Week 7 against the Rams, starting quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm.

*Despite Gabbert completing 22 of 34 pass attempts for 257 yards and career-high three touchdowns, the Cardinals lost to the Texans 31-21 at NRG Stadium last Sunday. After leading 21-17 after three quarters, the Cardinals allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Running back Adrian Peterson was held to 26 yards on 14 carries.

- Since the 2013 season, the Cardinals are 25-10-1 under Coach Bruce Arians at home.

*Linebacker Chandler Jones leads the NFL with 15 tackles for a loss.

- Beginning with the Jaguars, the Cardinals play three straight and four of their final six games at home.

- At 34, Larry Fitzgerald has 69 catches for 768 yards and four touchdowns after 10 games. Fitzgerald's 69 touchdowns lead the NFC and he trails only Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown (70). Fitzgerald's 768 receiving yards ranks sixth in the NFL.

*Peterson has rushed for 130 yards or more in two of his five games played in Arizona. Prior to joining the Cardinals, Peterson had only two games rushing for 130 yards or more in his previous 21 games.


11: Cardinals players who have been placed on the injured list this season.

14: Special teams tackles for rookie safety Budda Baker this season. Baker ranks second in the NFL in special teams tackles behind Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nick Dzubnar.

33: Sacks for linebacker Chandler Jones, dating to the start of the 2015 season. It is the highest total in the NFL during the span.

120: Consecutive sellouts for the Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium. …

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