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NFL Week 14 PFF ReFocused: Arizona Cardinals 26, New York Giants 7

Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake (41) runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Devante Downs (52) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Jones and the New York Giants offense averaged just 2.5 yards per play and lost three fumbles, and the Arizona Cardinals cruised to a comfortable 26-7 win over Big Blue.

STORY OF THE GAME

While the Giants’ stable of backs averaged 4.6 yards per carry on the ground, Jones simply couldn’t get anything done through the air. He completed just 11 of 21 passes for 127 yards and took six sacks en route to what should be one of his lowest-graded games of the season.

Cardinals edge defender Haason Reddick turned in a career performance with four total sacks and should finish PFF’s grading review process with a 90.0-plus pass-rushing grade. Veteran defensive backs Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick should also earn 75.0-plus PFF grades following their impressive performances.

Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws a pass against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Murray wasn’t spectacular in the game, but he didn’t have to be. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown with DeAndre Hopkins as his leading receiver (9 receptions, 136 yards). 

ROOKIE WATCH

Giants rookie offensive linemen Andrew Thomas and Shane Lemieux allowed a combined five total pressures on PFF’s first review of the game. Thomas should finish with the better grade, because none of his losses in pass protection were significantly negative downgrades.

Defensively, all three of the Giants’ rookies that played significant snaps struggled against Arizona. Xavier McKinney, Tae Crowder and Carter Coughlin all earned sub-50.0 PFF grades on first review. No Cardinals rookies played more than 25 snaps in the game.

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