Today the Arizona Cardinals are in Tennessee to take on the 5-8 Titans who are welcoming back Delanie Walker. The Cardinals` defense are going to have to stay on their toes with Walker who has 45 catches for 454 yards. The Titans also have fire power in Kendall Wright who is averaging 11.7 yards a catch, Nate Washington`s 15.6 yard average, and Kenny Britt who is having an off-year but is still averaging 8.4 yards a catch.
Another Titan player who is also having a down year, but is waiting to break out is Chris Johnson. Johnson is only averaging 3.8 yards a rush this season and I`m sure he`s looking to approve that average these last three games. The Cardinals` defense is still going to have to play their gaps or they will get burned.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is doing a good job finding his receivers, completing 61.6 percent of his passes. He has a passer rating of 81.4 percent and has nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. It`s going to be interesting to see how well he does today facing the Cardinals` front seven who has 38 sacks on the year.
The Cardinals` defense is raked fifth in the league with 311.7 yards allowed a game, third in rushing yards allowed (84.5), and seventh in points allowed (19.8). They are without Tyrann Mathieu for the rest of the season, but with the players that are in place and it being so late in the year, I believe they can handle it. My biggest worry today is how well will they handle Delanie Walker.
When it comes to the Titans` defense, they have play makers in Alterraun Verner who had five interceptions and Bernard Pollard who has three interceptions. Also, there is Jurrell Casey who has nine sacks and Zach Brown, Ropati Pitoitua, and Derrick Morgan who each have four a piece. With the play makers that are on this defense, I believe the Cardinals` offense can handle what is there and should`nt have a problem today as long as they don`t start off slow.
Even if the Cardinals` offense starts off like they did against Philly, I would think that this will be a good fight game going into the fourth quarter. No matter what happens in the first half of this game, I have to believe the Cardinals will come back in the fourth as long as Carson Palmer does`nt turn the ball over in the end.