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Offensive line improving for Arizona Cardinals despite injuries

The Cardinals offensive line has lacked continuity, but it has done a far better job at protecting the quarterback recently.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals have struggled on offense for most of the season, and a lot of that has had to do with poor play along the offensive line due in large part to injuries. Tackle Levi Brown has been out since preseason, and that left a tough void to fill in pass protection. Earlier in the year, the Cardinals were giving up sacks at an alarming rate, but recent weeks have seen a vast improvement in sacks allowed, according to

The Cardinals have made more of an effort to give their tackles more help, which has made a difference. Since rookie Nate Potter went into the lineup full-time at left tackle, the Cards have given up a little more than two sacks a game — which isn’t ideal, but still much better than the average of 6.5 or so the Cards gave up during the five-game stretch before that.

Even with the better pass protection, the Cardinals were far from stellar through the air on Sunday. Ryan Lindley completed 14 of 21 passes for just 104 yards and an interception. However, the lack of sacks allowed Arizona to capitalize on the excellent field position that the Lions were giving up via turnovers. All three of the Cardinals' offensive touchdown drives came when the offense started inside Detroit's 30 yard line.