Arizona went into their bye off their second win of the season. Hopes of coming out rested and ready to build on that success are probably unwarranted.
Andy Reid and his explosive Chiefs offense are waiting for the rebuilding Cardinals and their rookie passer. Kansas City is one possession away from being undefeated, and they have taken that frustration out on their subsequent opponents.
Only Denver’s defense has been able to slow the Kansas City juggernaut and the Chiefs didn’t seem to think they might lose either of those two games.
Still, Denver might give Arizona reason to believe they can pull off an upset. The Cardinal’s defense is ranked just below the Broncos in terms of points allowed.
The Chief’s defense hasn’t been a shutdown unit this season, but they improved enough to put the Chiefs in the Super Bowl discussion. The unit has given up 18 points per game over the past three weeks. That is about half of what the offense averages for the season.
Injuries and notes:
Sammy Watkins experienced enough pain in his foot to warrant an MRI this week. Andy Reid says he doesn’t expect the matter to be a long-term problem, but his status for Week 10 is undecided.
Several starting defenders are listed as questionable, but all are expected to be available against the Cardinals.
Arizona placed offensive tackle John Wetzel on injured reserve last week with a neck injury. No one else is listed on their injury report.
The team also released veteran quarterback Sam Bradford, making him available to other teams after failing to find a trade partner before the deadline.
Steve Wilks’ mantra since taking over the Cardinals has been that the hardest workers play. He has benched several veterans for unproven youth all season. We can see the on-field results, but the effect on his locker room has been unreported.
That is probably not a bad thing. We are interested to see who takes the field after the Cardinals’ bye week.
Andy Reid put his trust in second-year quarterback Pat Mahomes and it has proven warranted, to say the least. But Mahomes’ success is not purely due to his skills. Reid can be seen huddling with his young passer after almost every series, an effort that will only serve to accelerate Mahomes’ rise to NFL elite status.
How to watch the Chiefs-Cardinals game
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Who will win the Chiefs-Cardinals game?
Earlier this season, the powerful Vikings hosted the woeful Bills as 14-point favorites. All the Bills did was humiliate the home team in every way possible.
Kansas City is an incredible 16-point favorite this week. Arizona had an extra week to develop a plan and rest up for the contest. With those points, Arizona will have a lot of fans this week. But history will not repeat itself.
Final score: Chiefs 35, Cardinals 17