Kansas City Chiefs vs Arizona Cardinals: Preview, Prediction

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Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) vs Arizona Cardinals (9-3)

The Kansas City Chiefs come to Arizona to face the Arizona Cardinals for the first time since 2006, the inaugural season of the University of Phoenix Stadium.  The teams last met in Kansas City in 2010 when the Chiefs defeated the Cardinals 31-13.

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The Arizona Cardinals will be looking to come off two consecutive losses on the road to Seattle and Atlanta.  The Cardinals are undefeated at home.  The Chiefs are 3-3 on the road in 2014.  The Cardinals have not defeated the Chiefs since October 2001 at Sun Devil Stadium.

Time: 2:05 p.m.

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

TV: CBS 5 (Phoenix) – Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst)

Radio:  Arizona Sports 98.7 – Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Ron Wolfley (analyst), Paul Calvisi (sidelines); Sirius/XM 229 (Internet 800) – Cardinals feed, Sirius/XM Internet 815 – Chiefs feed

Keys to victory:

The Arizona Cardinals offense has been lacking to put it nicely.  Sure, there have been some injuries that the Cards have suffered.  Andre Ellington is out on Sunday.  Stepfan Taylor will start at running back.  It is still important that the Cards develop some kind of running game.  They ran for 36 yards last week in Atlanta.

The offense will also need to put points on the board.  This means quarterback Drew Stanton will need to be more accurate on his passes and his receivers will need to hold on to the ball.  There weren’t a lot of drops last week like there was in Seattle two weeks ago but Michael Floyd did fumble a ball after the catch.  They must limit the turnovers.

As for the Cardinals defense, they need to clean it up in the passing game.  Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith isn’t going to blow you away, however he has always been fairly accurate and that shows with his 65.1 percent pass completion in 2014.  Cornerback Patrick Peterson regressed last week and was consistently torched by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones.

Odds:

Kansas City -2.5

Moneyline: Kansas City -115, Arizona -105

O/U: 40

Prediction:

Arizona 20  Kansas City 17