Cardinals Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

In third OT win of the year, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Browns to improve to 7-7.  They are currently in a 4 way tie for the last spot outside of the playoffs in the NFC.  Arizona will need a lot of help to get into the postseason, but it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility.  The Giants have a tough schedule including the Cowboys, the Seahawks have to face this very Cardinals team, and Chicago has been a shell of their former selves since Cutler and Forte went down with injuries.  Of course that all does not matter unless the Lions lose both of their games.  They face a red hot Chargers team and the best team in the league in their final two games.  I’ll go over the possibilities if Arizona can win this weeks game which is something that shouldn’t be looked over.

The Cards struggled much of the game against the Browns, but scored the final points to take the game in OT.  John Skelton has started a QB controversy for sure, as he threw for 313 yards and a TD.  He spread the ball to several different receivers, 3 of which eclipsed 60 yards.  Surprisingly, the top receiver was oft-injured Todd Heap, who had 7 catches for 69 yards in his best game in a Cardinal’s uniform. Fitzgerald had 65 yards, including a big 32 yard gain in OT that helped set up the game winning field goal.  Roberts had the one TD of the game and managed 60 yards himself.  John Skelton may throw some picks, but he is airing the ball out much better than Kolb so far this season.  His record is much more impressive too at 5-1, with the only loss coming from San Francisco.  Skelton may not be a long term option, but it certainly has addressed concerns about whether Kolb is.  If Kolb can’t beat out Skelton then it doesn’t seem likely that Kolb’s salary will be picked up next year.

Up next is a huge game on the road against the Bengals, who are also clinging to playoff hopes.  They have had a lot of success from their well balanced defense.  They also have a great rookie combo in Andy Dalton and AJ Green.  Green suffered a shoulder injury in last weeks game, but should be good to go.  He is a serious deep threat and should be matched up against fellow top 10 pick Patrick Peterson.  This is certainly going to be a challenge and the most interesting headline coming into the game for Arizona will be who is under center.  Kolb has said he feels great after his concussion two weeks ago, but that may not be in the best interest of the Cards.  Skelton has proved that they can win, but of course his stats don’t exactly blow anyone out of the water, especially the turnovers.  The biggest game of the season for Arizona is on Saturday at 1.

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