Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals: Preview, prediction
Nov 15, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin (89) during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. The Cardinals won 39-32. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
A big question for the defense is which Andy Dalton will show up. Will the Andy Dalton who led the Bengals on a 17 point comeback against the Seahawks show up or will the Andy Dalton who got stifled by a 3-5 Houston Texans team show up? Either way the defensive line will need to put pressure on Andy Dalton who has only been sacked 15 times this season (tied for 19th in the league with 6 other quarterbacks).
The biggest threat to the Cardinals chances of winning is not A.J. Green, it’s tight end Tyler Eifert, who leads the league in touchdown receptions with 9. The Arizona Cardinals have had trouble with tight ends in the past couple of seasons, however they did an excellent job covering Jimmy Graham last week. My guess is that Tyrann Mathieu could play some snaps covering Tyler Eifert, especially in the end zone. The Cardinals have the third best defense in the league, it’s the perfect time to prove it.
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With their second Sunday Night Football game in a row, the Arizona Cardinals will have their next opportunity to show their dominance to the whole country. Carson Palmer has extra fire in him to beat his former team, and I expect to start hot and will do his best to put way the Bengals as soon as he can. Larry Fitzgerald will have a big game as he is the biggest and possibly the only offensive threat that the Cardinals will have with them. However, if the defense can put pressure on Andy Dalton and are able to limit Eifert’s and Green’s play making ability, the Arizona Cardinals could be on their way to their 8th win this season. Cardinals 31 Bengals 23