(AP) — Statistically, the Arizona Cardinals don't have the worst secondary in the NFL. It just seems that way sometimes.
Untimely big plays against a pair of young cornerbacks and a pair of veteran safeties make the Arizona defensive backs an easy target for criticism. When rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson is beaten on a play, it's there for all to see.
Now the team, on a four-game losing streak after a season-opening victory over Carolina, will be without free safety Kerry Rhodes for several weeks with a broken foot. Third-year pro Rashad Johnson will step in.
Arizona ranks 21st out of 32 NFL teams in yards allowed through the air, but that doesn't tell the whole story.