The Arizona Cardinals have struggled to get into the end zone more than ever before.
Over the past three weeks, the Cardinals have a 33.33% red zone success rate, and their only passing touchdown since Week 14 came last Sunday with David Blough at starter.
To put this number in context, Arizona sits at a 55.81% rate for the entire season, which is not a bad drop off from 2021, when they finished at a 60.21% rate.
Arizona finished 1/4 in the redzone last week against the Falcons and 0/1 against the Bucs in Week 16.
This 33.33% red zone touchdown success rate while a backup quarterback is on the field would be the worst by any team dating back to the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs. This team finished with a 2-14 record and averaged an embarrassing 13.2 points per game.
If it were not for a 4-yard touchdown pass to rookie TE Trey McBride, the Cardinals would have had zero touchdown passes in five total games while backup quarterbacks played.
But nevertheless, from weeks 14–16, Arizona failed to connect in the end zone through the air. This is something that has not been done since Josh Rosen’s disastrous rookie season in 2018.
Because of this struggle to score touchdowns in the passing game, the Cardinals’ leading touchdown receiver is none other than Zach Ertz with four. Ertz, meanwhile, has not played a full game since Week 9.
This is a troubling trend considering there is a high likelihood Kyler Murray will miss a couple more weeks at the beginning of the 2023 season.
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