Cardinals Run Defense With Tall Task In Week 14 Prediction Of 2014 Season


Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals return home for their seventh home game of the season and a daunting task awaits them, as the Kansas City Chiefs come to town for a very unusual match-up. The Cardinals run defense will be totally on display in this game as they are facing a running force in the one man wrecking crew that is Jamaal Charles. Charles does it all for his team on the ground and thru the air at the same speed, which is fast.

Another game where the absence of line-backer Daryl Washington will make a deference, as the edge will be where Charles will make his living as he did all last year recording 1980 yards of total offense, and lived in the end-zone with a total of 19 touchdowns. Charles is an electric player and one missed assignment and he is gone for 50 plus yards.

The Cardinals are familiar with the style of quarterback Alex Smith when they faced him as the 49ers signal caller for years, but this is a different team with a different beast in the backfield. As mentioned before the Cardinals defense with Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby were the number one ranked rush defense in the league and were no strangers to stopping great backs the likes of Jamaal Charles. This years unit may just be a step slower and give up a big run or two.

We know what offense the Chiefs will run but how will Carson Palmer and the Cardinals offense look, well the chiefs defense were ranked 25th over-all in pass defense last season and have not made many significant moves to change that other than getting better as a unit for another season.

Palmer and the offense should be on display and put up huge numbers as the Chiefs defense gave up 19.1 points per game and an average of 250 yards per game thru the air, with the weapons on the in-and-outside the Cards will probably look to exploit a poorest pass defense, and Palmer may have a career day passing in this one. Look for the Cards to get another home victory and run their league surprising record to 9-4 and will be pushing hard to get that coveted 10th win some how with the division foes coming up the final three games.