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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Larry Fitzgerald during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Average teams do not win 13 games in a regular season, so suffice to say the Arizona Cardinals are not only good, but very good.They had the league’s top offense in terms of yards per game and it’s fifth-best defense in the same category, and are viewed by many as the favorite to reach Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.However, just because they are good does not mean they are not without flaws, and NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks set out to point out the biggest weakness — along with the greatest strength — of all 12 playoff teams. The Cardinals put themselves in a good spot for the postseason, with their first game coming Jan. 16 against either the Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins or Minnesota Vikings. 0 Comments   Share   The AFC version can be found here, and the NFC version, of which the Cardinals are a part, can be found here.As far as the Cardinals are concerned, Brooks writes that the team’s biggest strengths are in the passing game.Biggest strengths: The Cardinals‘ high-powered offense is problematic for opponents due to their talent and depth on the perimeter. The WR corps, in particular, is full of versatile athletes capable of working between the hashes on a variety of intermediate routes (Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd) or stretching the field on an assortment of vertical routes (John Brown and J.J. Nelson). With quarterback Carson Palmer thriving as a pinpoint passer in Bruce Arians’ scheme, the Cardinals‘ “bombs away” attack has all of the necessary components to attack defenses at every level.Palmer finished fourth in the NFL in passing yards, with 4,671, and was tied for second in passing touchdowns with 35. He averaged 292 yards per contest while throwing to a bevvy of receiving options featuring Larry Fitzgerald (109 catches, 1,215 yards, nine touchdowns), John Brown (65 catches, 1,003 yards, seven touchdowns) and Michael Floyd (52 catches, 849 yards, six touchdowns). Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If the Cardinals are to make a deep postseason run, odds are those players will play a significant role.However, if Arizona is to fall short of its goal, Brooks notes it will probably be due to what he perceives as their biggest weakness.Biggest weaknesses: The Cardinals‘ offensive line woes haven’t prevented Arians’ troops from lighting up scoreboards around the NFL, but the unit remains a huge question mark heading into the playoffs. Despite surrendering just 27 sacks during the regular season, the Cardinals‘ front line has been pummeled by ultra-athletic pass rushers off the edges. Thus, Arians could be forced to abandon his vertical passing game when facing a defense with multiple disruptors at the point of attack.No one would argue that Arizona’s offensive line is one of the best in the NFL, though it may be a little unfair to label them a weakness. Brooks notes the 27 sacks given up, which was tied for the fourth-fewest in the NFL, and the Cardinals finished with the eighth-most rushing yards in the league. Left guard Mike Iupati was named to the Pro Bowl, and an argument could be made that left tackle Jared Veldheer belongs in the game, too.That said, the team has shuffled the right guard spot, swapping out Jonathan Cooper for Ted Larsen, and while center Lyle Sendlein and right tackle Bobby Massie are solid starters, they are not exactly stars. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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