Packed with talent, the Cardinals have been in the playoff hunt for years and will surely be on the lookout for a quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft.
They could look to trade for a franchise quarterback in this year’s draft.
But the Cardinals will also be looking to improve their pass rush, which has allowed just five sacks through the first six games of the season.
Let’s take a look at the three teams that have been most successful at doing so. 1.
Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia has struggled mightily against the run and the pass over the past three seasons, but the Eagles’ run defense has been a godsend in that regard.
They rank third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (148.5), fourth in run defense DVOA (3.34) and have been among the league leaders in run stops (10) and quarterback sacks (11).
The Eagles have also been among only three teams to allow just one touchdown on third down in each of the past two seasons.
The Eagles will need to find a quarterback this offseason to make a run at the postseason, and they are expected to be a contender in the draft.
The next best option is former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ QB prospect has struggled the past few seasons, which is probably why the Eagles are considering trading up to select Watson.
Indianapolis Colts The Colts have been on the brink of a playoff berth the past couple seasons, and this year the Colts have a chance to make it three consecutive playoff appearances.
The Colts rank second in the league in scoring defense (28.5 points per game), third in sacks (19) and pass defense DVOAC (0.839).
However, the Colts defense has allowed the fourth-fewest points in the past four years, which could be a problem if they are looking to win a Super Bowl.
Indianapolis will also need to add a pass rusher to pair with their star quarterback in Andrew Luck, who has been sacked just seven times through the Colts’ first four games.
The Indianapolis Colts will need a quarterback to take a run of four straight AFC South Division titles.
Cincinnati Bengals The Bengals are currently atop the AFC North with a 10-4 record, but they are also one of just three teams in the NFC North to win nine games in a row and still finish with a losing record.
Cincinnati has struggled against the pass the past several seasons, as they rank 30th in the AFC in rushing attempts (168.7), 27th in passing attempts (226.5) and 29th in passer rating allowed (100.3).
However the Bengals’ defense has also been solid, allowing just four sacks through five games.
A possible trade partner for the Bengals would be Alabama’s Jameis Winston, who the Crimson Tide currently have quarterback Jalen Hurts and is looking to make an impact. 3 of 12