Arizona Cardinals: Running attack will be alright vs Bears


The Arizona Cardinals take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Arizona time

The Arizona Cardinals will likely be without running back Andre Ellington on Sunday.  He did not practice again on Thursday and would have to practice in full on Friday to have any chance of playing.  In other words, get ready for a heavy dose of Chris Johnson.

Chris Johnson and rookie David Johnson will get the bulk of the rushing duties on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.  Don’t be surprised to see some Stepfan Taylor either.

Many Cardinals fans and certainly all of the Cardinals coaching staff knows just how fragile Ellington is and how injury prone he is.  He is lucky he just suffered a ligament strain last Sunday instead of a tear.  A bullet was dodged there.

However this is exactly why the Cardinals went out and got Chris Johnson to take over in situations just as this.  This is also why they drafted David Johnson out of Northern Iowa.  He is basically Ellington with a bigger frame.

I think at some point on Sunday Chris Johnson will run off a huge run, whether it be a 50-yard or 70-yarder.  The trouble is you’ll likely need some patience against the Bears defense, despite the 133 yards rushing they gave up last week to the Green Bay Packers.  The Cardinals ran for 120 yards last week against the New Orleans Saints.

You’ll also need patience because Chris Johnson is likely to lull you to sleep as well.  He will spout off a lot of 3-4 yard runs as well.  He had 10 carries for 37 yards against the Saints.

You’ll never hear truer words from a honest guy.  The Cardinals may be 1-0 but they will need a balanced attack on offense to beat the Bears in Chicago.  The Cardinals I believe will do just that and everything will be alright.

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