<
>

Tale of the Tape: Cardinals' Michael Floyd vs. Seahawks' Doug Baldwin

Since their teams faced off in Week 10, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin have each been on a tear.

Floyd, who started the second half of the Cardinals’ season with 113 yards in a win over Seattle in Week 10, has had four 100-yard games in his last six -- part of a streak that extended to five of his last seven.

During the same stretch, Baldwin has caught 12 of his 14 touchdowns and has the second-most receiving yards in the league.

They’ll again share a field Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium in both teams’ season finale.

Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss and Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia compare the two receivers.

Height and weight:

Floyd: 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. If you were to design a wide receiver, he’d look like Floyd: Tall, strong, physical and mean. He’s a consistent mismatch for smaller cornerbacks and safeties who don’t have the height to jump with Floyd or the muscle mass to get around him for passes.

Baldwin: 5-foot-10, 189 pounds. Baldwin is not the biggest guy, but he plays with a toughness and physicality. He is able to consistently beat press coverage and doesn’t get pushed around by bigger cornerbacks. Like everything else in his life, Baldwin uses knocks about his size as motivation.

What he does best

Floyd: When quarterback Carson Palmer puts it up, Floyd goes and gets it. He’s at his best on downfield passes where he can use his body to simply outmuscle defensive backs. He’s been targeted 20 times on passes of 20 yards or more and come down with eight of them. Earlier this season coach Bruce Arians said Floyd has earned Palmer’s trust because he improves the odds of a 50-50 pass landing in his hands.

Baldwin: Baldwin is a gifted route-runner. He knows how to read coverages and use subtle movements to set up defensive backs. Against the Baltimore Ravens earlier this season, Baldwin ran right at cornerback Lardarius Webb, causing him to turn his hips and play the go route. Baldwin then turned inside for the post, causing Webb to fall to the ground, and the result was a Seahawks touchdown.

Key to recent hot streak

Floyd: Floyd’s gruesome hand injury early in training camp set him back and he didn’t get his first 100-yard game until Week 8. But since, he’s had five 100-yard games in his last seven. But he’s finally putting together his size, speed and ferocity. He has also earned Palmer's trust, which means more targets.

Baldwin: Everyone around the team, including Baldwin, insists it’s just been a matter of opportunities. In the first eight games, 16.6 percent of Russell Wilson’s pass attempts went Baldwin’s way. In the past seven games, that number is up to 24.7 percent. Since Week 10, Baldwin has caught 79.2 percent of his targets for 678 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Reason for optimism Sunday:

Floyd: Not only has Floyd been a 100-yard game machine but he’s had success against the Seahawks, including 113 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10. The Seahawks will also have to pay attention to Larry Fitzgerald, who had 130 yards against them in their first meeting this season, which will open the field for Floyd.

Baldwin: Baldwin went off against the Cardinals for seven catches and 134 yards in the teams’ first meeting. He has 11 touchdowns in his last five games and has only been held out of the end zone once since Week 10. Baldwin is a big part of the Seahawks’ offense, and there’s reason to be optimistic about his chances to produce every week.

Something you didn’t know:

Floyd: As a prep star in Minnesota, Floyd attended a prestigious private school in St. Paul. In order to afford the $8,800 annual tuition, Floyd arrived before school to help the custodial staff clean the school as part of a work-study program, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Baldwin: Baldwin was close to transferring from Stanford and giving up on football during his junior year of college. He clashed with coach Jim Harbaugh and was struggling academically. But he decided to stick it out, got a chance to show what he could do as a senior and has been producing as an undrafted free agent with the Seahawks ever since.