Chiefs vs. Cardinals: Game Preview from The Mothership
Things changed in a flash.
Visiting Oakland in the pouring rain, the Chiefs were upset on Thursday Night Football by the winless Raiders and that subsequent Sunday, the Cardinals lost to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
With a loss now meaning a three-game streak in the wrong direction, the Chiefs and the Cardinals meet Sunday afternoon in Arizona both hoping to right the ship.
Chiefs vs. Cardinals: How to Watch and Listen from The Mothership
Records to Watch
- In his career, RB Jamaal Charles has recorded 252 receptions, ranking third in franchise history for most receptions by a running back. He needs 37 more receptions to pass Ed Podolak (288).
- LB Justin Houston has 40.5 career sacks, ranking eighth in franchise history. He needs 3 more to pass Jared Allen (43.0) for most career sacks in team history.
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Gameday Forecast from The National Weather Service
Today Sunny, with a high near 73. East northeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.
The Arizona Cardinals' rushing situation has gone from bad to worse.
Starting tailback Andre Ellington was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs by coach Bruce Arians because of a hip pointer. He also is suffering from a hip flexor and the nagging foot injury that hampered him early in the season. A few hours later, Arizona released Michael Bush, who was presumed to be the answer to Arizona's rushing issues because of his size and experience.
In last week's loss to the Falcons Sunday, backup quarterback Drew Stanton had some issues.
ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski, a former quarterback himself, said he was never convinced Stanton could keep the Cardinals afloat after Carson Palmer went down.
"We've known this all along: When Carson Palmer went down, this offense would become very pedestrian, and it has been since," Jaworski said, via ArizonaSports.com.
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Harry Truman used to say the ‘Buck Stops Here' and that's the case on Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs travel to face the suddenly vulnerable Arizona Cardinals. At the heart of the losses, Head Coach, Andy Reid, has received much criticism in crushing defeats to the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.
In both AFC West matchups, Reid has ignored his star running back, Jamaal Charles, and further ignored the mistakes being made in personnel groupings by his defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton. Over the past two games, neither coach has been worthy of their job titles.
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5 Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston should become one of the highest-paid defensive players in the league during the off-season. Houston, who has a league-leading 14 sacks, is in the final year of his rookie contract with a $1.4 million salary this season. The franchise tag for linebackers in 2015 will exceed $12 million on a one-year deal, if the Chiefs can't sign him to a long-term deal.
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Pressure's on: Drew Stanton...
...The Cardinals (9-3) are on their first two-game losing streak of the season, and their once-secure hold on first place has vanished. Stanton has a 1-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio during a losing streak that coincided with Larry Fitzgerald's absence, due to a knee injury. Fitzgerald seems poised to return Sunday, but starting running back Andre Ellington is out (hip pointer) to further weaken an already-ailing 31st-ranked rushing attack...which only heaps more pressure on the quarterback.
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"We have to defend our turf," quarterback
Drew Stantonsaid. "That's the biggest thing."
The offense has scored only one combined touchdown against the Seahawks and Falcons the past two weeks. Stanton is 38-of-65 for 443 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions over that span, but he's also the guy who rallied the Cardinals past the Rams and guided the team to wins over San Francisco and Detroit.
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Chiefs at Cardinals - This game will get a lot of attention, and deservedly so. Two straight losses has both teams scrambling for answers. Arizona, which is 6-0 at home this season, gets back to basics and plays stubborn defense. Kansas City's offense is just not going to have enough answers.
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One of the biggest surprises from this statistical analysis is the extent to which the Alex Smith-guided Chiefs attack has faded from 353 yards per game to 292 - the fourth worst output in the league in Quarters 2 and 3. KC was fortunate to have won five games in that span. With its offence sputtering like this, KC's playoff hopes are in serious trouble.
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Representatives were from the Kansas City Chiefs...