ARIZONA CARDINALS

Deone Bucannon, Patrick Peterson named to PFF team of the week

Aug 27, 2018, 12:47 PM | Updated: 5:53 pm
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon (20) reacts after dropping Dallas Cowboys quarterback C...
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon (20) reacts after dropping Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (7) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Playing with a full stable of linebackers provided the Arizona Cardinals with a boost against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, none more important than Deone Bucannon.

Bucannon, who sat out week two of the preseason with a knee injury, made his presence felt leading the team with eight total tackles including five solo tackles and one sack.

His performance earned him a spot on the Pro Football Focus team of the week for week three of the preseason with a grade of 90.9.

Bucannon was impressive against the run, in coverage and even as a blitzer, registering a sack despite being used as a pass-rusher on just three snaps. In coverage, he allowed three receptions, but they totaled just 25 yards as he finished the game with five of his seven tackles resulting in a defensive stop.

His stout play against the run helped limit the Cowboys offense to just 52 rushing yards one week after the Cardinals defense let up 183 yards on the ground to the New Orleans Saints.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson led all players in the NFL with a grade of 95.8.

Peterson returned an interception for a touchdown, forced a fumble and allowed only one reception for one yard on three targets – all in the first half.

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