Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Jan 2009

ESPN INSIDER: Can Cardinals Pass Way to Title?

In this extra piece for ESPN Insider, I look at where the Cardinals stand among the most pass-happy teams in NFL history. As you might imagine, their regular season blows away any other team in Super Bowl history... but things have changed in January.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 26 Jan 2009

3 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2009, 11:50am by Travis


by DFJinPgh (not verified) :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 4:50pm

I was quite surprised to see the 2002 Bucs in the top 5 for pass-to-run ratio (of Super Bowl participants). I thought I remembered that team as repeated Warrick Dunn & Mike Alstott unless it was 3rd and long. Oops.

by Key19 :: Tue, 01/27/2009 - 12:39am

When you've got Johnson and Johnson on the field, how can you NOT air it out???

by Travis :: Tue, 01/27/2009 - 11:50am

(Apologies if this is covered in the article itself; I'm not an ESPN Insider subscriber.)

How much of the Cardinals' record-setting regular season pass-to-run ratio for Super Bowl teams is a function of the multiple times they were being blown out at halftime (and a relative lack of "run to victory" games)?

I seriously doubt there's ever been another Super Bowl team which trailed as many games at halftime by scores as bad as 34-0, 24-7, 28-0, and 31-0. I'm not sure if there's even been another playoff team that trailed 4 games by that much at halftime.

Pass-to-run ratios in those games, 1st half vs. 2nd half (passes include sacks)
Week 4 vs. NYJ: 18 to 11; 44 to 4
Week 13 vs. PHI: 14 to 8; 28 to 2
Week 15 vs. MIN: 22 to 4; 32 to 3
Week 16 vs. NE: 14 to 11; 21 to 4