Notes following Cardinals 27-3 win over Rams

Photo: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

BY: ED COLE

TEMPE, Ariz. – Here’s some notes following the Cardinals 27-3 victory over the Rams on Sunday.

The notes are courtesy of the Cardinals Media Relations Department.

  • With the win, Arizona moved to 10-2 on the season. This season is the second one in team history (11-1, 1948) that the Cardinals have started a season with at least 10 wins in their first 12 games.
  • Arizona now has double-digit wins in a season for the ninth time in franchise history, and for the third straight season. It’s just the second time in team history that the Cardinals have posted 10+ wins in three straight seasons (1974-76).
  • Of Arizona’s nine 10+ win seasons, four of them have come since Michael Bidwill’s taken over as team president in 2007. In that span, the Cardinals have gone .500 or better in seven of nine seasons (that happened twice in the previous two decades).
  • Win Sunday’s win, Arizona stretched its winning streak to six games, which is the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history. Combine that with their six-game winning streak last season, and it’s the second time in franchise history that the Cardinals have had a winning streak of at least six games in back-to-back seasons (7, 1974; 6, 1975).
  • The Cardinals have scored 382 points (31.8 ppg.) this season, which both represent the highest totals in the NFL in 2015.
  • Arizona’s 382 points this season is the fifth-best total in team history. They still have four more games left in the season to break their 2008 record of 427 points.
  • Of the Cardinals 10 wins this season, six of them have come by double digits. The 24 point win over the Rams was the fourth game this season that Arizona’s won a game by at least 24 points. Their four 24+ point wins this season are the most in a single season in franchise history (previous record was 3 in 1948 and 1963).
  • The Cardinals have outscored opponents 382-232 this season. Their +150 point differential is the best in the NFL in 2015.
  • Arizona’s the only team in the NFL that ranks in the top five in both total offense (#1) and total defense (#4).
  • The Cardinals have the league’s #1 rated offense overall, the #3 rated passing attack, and the #8 ranked rushing offense. On defense, the Cardinals have the #4 total defense, #4 run defense and #8 pass defense.
  • After gaining a season-high 524 net yards against the Rams on Sunday, the Cardinals are now averaging 419.5 net yards per game this season. In giving up just 212 total net yards to St. Louis, Arizona’s defense improved to No. 4 overall this season.
  • The Cardinals gained 400+ net yards in eight of 12 games this season. Arizona’s eight games with 400+ yards are the second-most in a season in team history (9, 1984).
  • Arizona’s defense held St. Louis’ offense to a woeful 1-for-12 performance on Sunday. Combine that with the 49ers going 0-9 on third down the Sunday prior, and opposing offenses are 1-for-21 on third down attempts in the last two games.
  • In earning their 10th win on Sunday, head coach Bruce Arians became just the 10th head coach in NFL history to win 10+ games in each of his first three seasons as a head coach in the NFL.
  • In beating the Rams, Arians now has a winning record against every division he’s faced as Cardinals head coach.
  • After running back Kerwynn Williams ran for the first touchdown of his career (a 35-yard TD run) on Sunday, the Cardinals now have had 16 different players score at least one touchdown this season: David Johnson (9), Larry Fitzgerald (7), Michael Floyd (5), John Brown (4), Chris Johnson (3), Andre Ellington (3), Darren Fells (3), Troy Niklas (2), J.J. Nelson (2), Jaron Brown (1), Jermaine Gresham (1), Carson Palmer (1), Kerwynn Williams (1), Tony Jefferson (1), Tyrann Mathieu (1) and Justin Bethel (1). Arizona’s 16 different players with a touchdown this season are the most in the NFL.
  • The Cardinals improved to 6-1 on the road with Sunday’s win over the Rams. Their six road wins are tied for the most in a season in franchise history, and they still have one more road game left this season (Week 15 at Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football). Arizona’s six road wins are tied with Carolina (6-0) and Denver (6-1) for the most in the NFL this season.
  • After scoring 27 points on Sunday, the Cardinals have a new franchise road scoring record with 222 points this season.
  • Despite losing running backs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington to injuries, Arizona was still able to rush for 175 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries (4.9 avg.) against St. Louis. Their 175 rushing yards is the second-highest total in a game this season (187 yards vs. Lions in Week 5).
  • After finishing 2014 with the 31st ranked rushing attack (81.8 yards per game), Arizona’s now averaging 120.2 yards per game this season, the eighth-best average in the NFL.
  • Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 55 yards versus the Rams on Sunday, giving him exactly 1,000 catches for his career. At 32 years, 97 days old, Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions. He’s over a full year younger than the previous record holder, Andre Johnson, who got his 1,000th career catch at 33 years, 163 days old.
  • Fitzgerald got his 1,000th catch in the same building he got his first in. His first career NFL catch – a 37-yard flea flicker – came off the arm of quarterback Josh McCown on 9/12/04.
  • Fitzgerald’s 55 receiving yards put him at 1,047 for the season. It’s Fitzgerald’s seventh career 1,000-yard season, extending his franchise record. He got 1,000 yards in a season for the first time since 2011 (1,411).
  • Quarterback Carson Palmer is now 23-4 in his last 27 starts dating back to Week 8 of the 2013 season. His .852 winning percentage in that span is the best in the NFL.
  • In those 27 starts, Palmer’s completed 611-of-949 pass attempts (64.4%) for 7,852 yards, 56 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a passer rating of 101.0.
  • Palmer’s two touchdown throws on Sunday gives him 29 for the season. It’s the second-highest single-season total in team history. Palmer’s one touchdown away from tying Kurt Warner’s franchise single-season record of 30 touchdown passes (2008).
  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (31) is the only quarterback in the league that’s thrown more touchdown passes than Palmer this season.
  • Palmer threw for 356 yards against St. Louis on Sunday. It was his eighth 300+ passing game this season, a new franchise record for a single season.
  • Palmer finished with a 110.0 passer rating on Sunday. It was his eighth game this season with a 100.0 rating or better, tying the franchise record for most games in a season with a 100+ passer rating (Kurt Warner-2009; Neil Lomax (1984). Palmer’s gotten a 100.0+ passer rating 16 times with the Cardinals, and Arizona’s undefeated in all 16 of those games.
  • Rookie running back David Johnson got the first start of his career on Sunday against the Rams. He rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries (4.5 avg.) and he also had two catches for 21 yards and a touchdown. Johnson’s up to nine touchdowns on the season. His nine touchdowns tie Ollie Matson (1952) and Ronald Moore (1993) for the third-best season total in franchise history by a rookie. Johnson has a touchdown in each of the last three games.
  • Johnson joins Gale Sayers as the only rookies in NFL history with 4+ rushing touchdowns, 4+ receiving touchdowns and a kickoff return for touchdown in a season.
  • After intercepting Rams quarterback Nick Foles in the first quarter on Sunday, safety Rashad Johnson has set a career-high with five interceptions this season. His previous high was four, set last season.
  • Johnson’s five interceptions are second in the NFC, and they’re tied for third in the NFL.
  • After giving up just three points to St. Louis on Sunday, Arizona is now 25-2 in games it allows 20 points or less under head coach Bruce Arians, including a 7-0 record this season.
  • Arizona outrushed St. Louis 175-66 on Sunday, and in doing so, they improved to 9-0 this season, and 24-1 under Arians when they outrush their opponent. The Cardinals have won 24 straight games when they’ve outrushed their opponents dating back to the 2013 season.