TE Jeff King - Arizona Cardinals
|6-5, 253||Born: 2-19-1983||College: Virginia Tech||Drafted: Round 5|
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Week 8: at Carolina Panthers
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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Carson Palmer and company had a rough outing against their divisional rivals, the Seahawks - neither team found the end zone during 75 minutes of game play, and wound up tied 6-6. Palmer threw for over 300 yards during the game, though - 29/49 for 342 yards passing, with zero interceptions thrown and four sacks for -31 yards taken from Seattle. Jaron Brown was lost for the season due to a torn ACL suffered in the game, further cementing Larry Fitzgerald (14 targets for 9/70/0 receiving) and Michael Floyd (seven for 5/65/0) as the lead receivers in this stable. John Brown has been diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia which is causing him pain in the hamstrings of his legs - he didn't play vs. Seattle. According to Footballguys.com's Dr. Jene Bramel: 'Players with sickle cell trait are at risk of pain, difficulty breathing, and other vascular crises when the shape of their red blood cells change and limit the amount of oxygen able to be carried to body tissue. It's a condition that can be managed and should resolve, but the Cardinals will be watching Brown carefully in the coming days.' David Johnson also saw double-digit targets last weekend, 13 for 8/58/0. J.J. Nelson actually led the team in receiving yards with seven for 3/84/0 - we'll see if he can carry that level of involvment forwards if/when John Brown returns to the fold. As you can see, the Cardinals' receiving corps is in flux right now thanks to illness and injury.
Carolina's pass defense was destroyed in New Orleans - 10 different receivers caught passes from Drew Brees, and Brees eventually wound up with 34/49 for 460 net yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -5 yards. Carolina went into the bye week licking their wounds - From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Carolina has averaged 26.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-most in the NFL); and 32.3 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-most in the league); with 16.5 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most in the NFL during that time span). To date, Carolina averages 282.0 net passing yards allowed per game (26th in the NFL) with 13 passing scores given out over six games vs. six interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 12 sacks (tied for 22nd in the NFL).
This is a great matchup for the Cardinals - Palmer should bounce back in the TD department and post solid yardage numbers this weekend.
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