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Containing Justin Jefferson-The Key to a Week 8 Victory

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jalen Thompson (34) and strong safety Budda Baker (3) warm-up before playing against the Minnesota Vikings in Glendale, Ariz. Sept. 19, 2021. Cardinals Vs Vikings

Arizona has been unquestionably one of the best teams in the league when it comes to stopping opposing star wide receivers. This has been a huge surprise so far, this year as many wrote off this defense as a liability. However, it has been the exact opposite.

During weeks 2-7, Arizona allowed less than 20 points per game. As the offense has struggled early on, this defense has kept the majority of games this year within reach.

With a young core, this Cards defense has held some of the league’s best receivers.

  • Davante Adams, 2 receptions for 12 yards (Week 2)
  • Cooper Kupp, 4 receptions for 44 yards (Week 3)
  • DJ Moore, 6 receptions for 50 yards (Week 4)
  • A.J. Brown, 3 catches for 32 yards (Week 5)
  • DK Metcalf, 2 catches for 34 yards (Week 6)

 

A peak at next week- Justin Jefferson

With that being said, Arizona’s defense may have their hardest test of the year just around the corner.

As the Cardinals travel to Minnesota for a Week eight matchup, Justin Jefferson looms ahead. Jefferson has been arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL this season, averaging a remarkable 109 yards per game.

Last year, when these two teams faced off against each other, Jefferson caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Luckily, Arizona managed to escape with a win, only due to a missed game-winning field goal.

If the Cardinals want to bring their record back to even, containing Justin Jefferson will have to be a top priority.

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