Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
Washington and Campbell have been bright spots for a Cardinals team that has lost five consecutive games.
The Arizona Cardinals have landed two players on the Pro Football Focus Top 51 Players list, with inside linebacker Daryl Washington being ranked at No. 17 and defensive end Calais Campbell claiming the No. 36 spot. The list, compiled by Khaled Elsayed, ranks each position equally and evaluates players relative to what is expected from their positions.
Washington, a third-year pro out of TCU, has been a defensive playmaker for Arizona, racking up 75 tackles (64 solo), eight sacks and forcing two fumbles through the Cardinals first nine games. The 6'2 linebacker is known for his reckless style of play, and while Pro Football Focus notes that he's missed 11 tackles due to that reckless style, they also note that he's picked up 17 quarterback disruptions on 86 blitzes.
The 6'8 Campbell has been the unsung hero of the Cardinals defensive line, putting a lot of pressure on opponents' offenses. The fifth-year pro out of Miami has notched 38 tackles (30 solo), 3.5 sacks, 24 defensive stops and batter four passes on the 2012 campaign. Pro Football Focus also notes that he has "made a stop on 8.8% of all running plays he has been in on."
The Cardinals have a bye in Week 10.