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Arizona Cardinals defense is led by offseason acquisitions

The Arizona Cardinals had only seven sacks coming into last weekend. A dismal start to the season left fans wondering which Cardinals team would show up, but by recording seven sacks, Karlos Dansby and the Arizona Cardinals defense did something they haven’t done in over 26 years.

The last time the Cardinals recorded seven sacks they still played in St. Louis, and they did it against Danny White and the Dallas Cowboys. (

The addition of Karlos Dansby, Yeremiah Bell, and rookie Tyrann Mathieu all have made a huge impact in the Cardinals defense. All three lead the team in tackles. Dansby has recorded a team-high 45 total tackles along with two sacks, Yeremiah Bell has 21 tackles including a sack, and Mathieu has 34 tackles, a sack, and caused a fumble.

It seems the Arizona Cardinals defense is led by offseason acquisitions

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Six-year pro Calais Campbell had two sacks on Cam Newton this week, including one for a safety and another that forced a fumble. He believes the Cardinals defense is only going to get better. “I feel like as the season progresses we’re going to be a lot better. We have so many guys that can make plays. I’m telling you, this team can be very good at rushing the passer.”

They are also pretty good against the run. Coming into this last weekend they were ranked second against the run and only allowed 95 total yards against the Panthers.

If the Cardinals continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball the NFC West could become even more interesting than it already is.

GB Bongiovanni is an NFL writer for TPF and can be contacted at or @GBBongiovanni. 


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