News & Analysis

NFL Week 5 PFF ReFocused: Arizona Cardinals 26, Cincinnati Bengals 23

The Arizona Cardinals secured their first win of the Kliff Kingsbury era, beating the flailing Bengals, 26-23, in Week 5 of NFL action.

PFF's ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game's most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game and the other games played this week will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle. ELITE subscribers can view player grades, advanced statistics, positional snap counts and more in Premium Stats.

PFF's ELITE subscribers can also preview NFL and NCAA games in PFF Greenline, an online dashboard with projections for the spread, totals and moneyline.

Final Score

Arizona Cardinals 26, Cincinnati Bengals 23

Arizona Cardinals

It was a tale of two halves for the Cardinals' secondary, as its play regressed throughout the game. Byron Murphy and Budda Baker exemplified this, as both allowed big plays in the second half. Baker, in particular, was having a solid game and then was burned badly to allow a game-tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Haason Reddick had one of his best days as a Cardinal today. Reddick's speed and athleticism were particularly evident in coverage and in the pass-rush. When Reddick wasn't beating a pass-blocker to get pressure on the quarterback, he was shutting down the quick and intermediate passing game. He is a big reason why Tyler Eifert had a quiet afternoon.

Kyler Murray showed just how much of a dual-threat he can be by leading the Cardinals with 93 yards rushing on just 10 carries, including a 24-yard scramble on the final drive to help set up Zane Gonzalez‘s game-winning field goal. He also showed well in the passing game, hitting big throws down the field throughout the game and displaying some terrific accuracy.

Andy Isabella got involved in the gameplan this week for the Cardinals, carrying the ball twice on jet sweep plays. He still failed to see a target in the passing game. It will be interesting to see how Arizona uses him going forward, especially after the massive production he put up at UMass during his senior college season.

Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Boyd started the game slowly but became Bengals' best weapon in the second half. Boyd faced a myriad of defenders but was able to create separation against the Cardinals secondary. His explosiveness led to a few big passing plays in the fourth quarter, including a game-tying deep touchdown reception.

The interior of the Bengals' offensive line struggled run-blocking in this one. Cincinnati started the game OK in this regard, but the play of Michael Jordan and Trey Hopkins soon deteriorated. After the first drive, the Bengals relied on the running backs to make plays in space or fight for yards after contact.

Cincinnati's front was diced up by the Cardinals in this one to the tune of 266 yards on the ground. While some of that is a testament to the play of Arizona's offensive line, Nick Vigil, in particular, had a poor showing, as he repeatedly found himself in poor position against the run.

Dre Kirkpatrick made some nice plays in coverage, tightly covering receivers and breaking up passes. One of his best plays came at the end of the first half when he closed quickly on a screen pass to Larry Fitzgerald inside the five-yard line, tackling him for no gain and forcing Arizona to kick a field goal.

Read More PFF Analysis

Know tomorrow, today. Western Southern Financial Group.
Sponsor

NFL Featured Tools

  • PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts.

    Available with

    Edge
  • Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data.

    Available with

    Elite
  • PFFELO Ratings are PFF’s NFL power rankings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. These power rankings are adjusted based on coach, quarterback and the market each season.

    Available with

    Edge
  • 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class.

    Available with

    Edge
Pro Subscriptions

Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft

$9.99 / mo
$39.99 / yr

Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS

$34.99 / mo
$199.99 / yr