While most of the criticism has fallen on the Arizona Cardinals' offense this season, there is one aspect of the team that has been overlooked: the struggling run defense.
While the Cardinals' defensive numbers are mostly strong across the board, the team has struggled against the run. They give up an average of nearly 129 yards a game to their opponents, which ranks 24th in the NFL. As the final month of the season arrives, one Cardinals player knows their effort against the run has to improve.
Here is what linebacker Paris Lenon had to say in a recent article on AZ Central.
"It definitely is not up to our standards as far as the way we defended the run the past few games," he said. "That's something that we've got to improve upon."
Lenon and the Cardinals will be up for a challenge in Week 14. Not only do the Seahawks posses a talented running back in Marshawn Lynch, but they are also an impressive 5-0 when playing in the comforts of CenturyLink Field. It could be a long day for Arizona if they don't stop the run early, and even then it may not be enough given the offense's season-long struggles.