Arizona Cardinals: A great time to head into the bye
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals are now on their bye week this week before their tilt with the Seattle Seahawks on November 15th
The Arizona Cardinals are 6-2, in first place, and headed into their bye before their big Sunday Night Football matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in two weeks.
The Seahawks are also headed into their bye, so both teams will have the same amount of rest going into the game. The Cardinals are a bit banged up, so halfway through the season is the perfect time for a bye.
The Cardinals injuries:
The injuries started to mount up the last few weeks, so now is the time to get some people healthy. Look for the Cardinals to get a few people back in two weeks.
Tight end Darren Fells: Was to miss 2-4 weeks. He could return for Seattle.
Linebacker Alex Okafor: He has missed the last three games. He was close to returning against the Cleveland Browns. He should be back for Seattle.
Receiver John Brown: He is still nursing a hamstring injury but he was active against the Browns. He did not play though, likely with the thought the bye was upcoming. The Cardinals were able to utilize other weapons in his place.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald: He hurt his ankle on his fourth quarter touchdown catch. He was shown getting his ankle worked on over on the Cardinals sideline and then was seen hopping up and down on it afterwards. He looks like he will be alright but a week off will certainly help his chances of not missing any time.
Work on limiting turnovers:
I don’t know what the answer to solving this issue is but running backs Chris Johnson and David Johnson are putting the ball on the ground. Chris Johnson fumbled twice on Sunday and lost both. David Johnson, who had a fumble to start the St. Louis Rams game in one of their two losses this season put the ball down on the ground again Sunday. His fumble rolled out of bounds thankfully.
Also needing to work on securing the ball is receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He’s put the ball down on the ground twice this season now, including a big one against the Browns Sunday. Hopefully they will work on holding onto that ball better during practice between now and November 15th.
Get away from football:
The Cardinals just need to get away from football. It’s a good time. They are halfway through their schedule. They haven’t had a chance to get away from football much since camp started three months ago. They will get Monday off for beating Cleveland. They will practice Tuesday and Wednesday this week and then get four days off.