Oct 14 2012
Tomorrow’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills will feature two struggling units on each side of the ball. The Cardinals offense put up only three points last week in St. Louis and has given up a leagues worst 17 sacks in the last two games. The Bills have given up a mind boggling 97 points to New England and San Francisco in the last two weeks.
Last week in St. Louis, Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times total, with eight of those sacks coming from within the pocket. Of those eight sacks, he was only given on average 2.0 seconds to release the ball before a defender was ripping his helmet off. So who can Kolb hope to expose?
The obvious answer of course, the Buffalo Bills cornerbacks, who according to profootballfocus.com, have provided their team with the following numbers:
This season rookie Stephon Gilmore has dropped back into coverage 182 times, thrown at 31 times, and given up 19 receptions for three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Quarterbacks throwing at him have had a quarterback rating of 129.4 which is the fourth worst in the league.
On the other side of the field is second year cornerback Aaron Wlliams who has dropped back into coverage 142 times, thrown at 22 times while giving up 13 receptions for five touchdowns, and also zero interceptions. Quarterbacks throwing at Williams have had a quarterback rating of 124.8 which is the fifth worst in the NFL.
Justin Rogers who covers mostly in the slot is giving quarterbacks who throw at him a quarterback rating of 94.9, and he has yet to record an interception.
So in the event the Cardinals offensive line can provide Kevin Kolb with more than 2.0 seconds and play more like they did in the first three weeks of the season than in the last 13 days, the Arizona wide receivers will be in for a big day.
Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of the Arizona Birdgang Podcast.