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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
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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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