Oct 27, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) carries the ball during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Today the Cardinals are in Jacksonville to take on the 1-8 Jaguars. Last week the Jags finally got their first win of the season, beating the Titans 29-27. It was the Jags` defense that got them their first win last week and I would`nt think they can do as good today.
Their defense held Chris Johnson to 30 yards on 12 carries and the team to 83 yards on 27 carries. The Cardinals have a better passing game then the Titans do and that should help to the point that the Cards should`nt have as much trouble running. One the other hand, the Jags secondary is perhaps the strength of the defense and I believe Carson Palmer is going to be a huge part on whether the run game can get going.
The Jags ended up getting four turnovers last week and at one point had a double-digit which is the only reason they ended up winning, so the Cardinals` offense is going to have to bring their A game today. The chances the Jag` D pulls off another game like last week are slim, but their defense is the only thing this team has going for them. One the other hand, Paul Posluszny is ruled out for today`s game and that could be a blow for the defense.
Without Justin Blackmon, the Jags` offense is just plan awful. They are averaging 1.8 yards a carry and with Maurice Jones-Drew is on the injury report with his knee and with the Cards` front seven, they are going to have trouble running the ball. The Jags` offensive line struggles in run blocking and the Cardinals` defense is top-notch in stopping the run. If the Jags are going to put points up on the board, they are going to have to get Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown involved in this game, but both are also on the injury list.
Chad Henne is going to have to play his best game of the season just to get points on the board today. Henne did have a couple impressive drives last week, he completed 14 of 23 for 180 yards, but also had two interceptions. Going up against Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, Henne is going to have to be careful or he will throw another two interceptions today, if not more.
With Palmer playing better these past few games, I believe he will put up some points today, but I feel that it`s going to be the Cards` D that wins today`s game. Unless faith is smiling down on Jacksonville, today`s game will be nothing like last weeks and Jag fans are going to be very disappointed come 4 O`Clock eastern time.