I’m a fan of PFF as a whole — I think their stat tracking is impressive, but I think their grades, especially three games into a season, can be misleading. They should never be used to end an argument, but I am fairly positive on them as a conversation starter.
And this sure is a conversation. Comparing the two offenses, there are some obvious notes — Carson Palmer is better than Brian Hoyer, Mike Iupati is better than Laken Tomlinson. But they also have Chris Johnson rated higher than Carlos Hyde, and Matt Breida ahead of Andre Ellington.
So Hyde, one of the most productive and effective rushers in the NFL, has a 36.6 rating.
On the defensive side of the ball, Karlos Dansby is higher than NaVorro Bowman, but both have been pretty meh this season as far as I’m concerned. They list Antoine Bethea and better than Jimmie Ward, while all of the 49ers’ special teamers grade out ahead of the Cardinals special teamers.
It’s an interesting list, either way. Check it out -- and peep the DeForest Buckner rating, highest of all between the two teams. Buckner is on his way to being a star. It’s worth noting that four of the top five players for the Cardinals are also defensive players. It could be a tough one on Sunday.