The Arizona Cardinals return home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Arizona Cardinals (2-3) are back home after a rough go of it last week in a 34-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. This week they take on the NFC South’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2). The Buccaneers lost to the New England Patriots 19-14 last week on Thursday night.
Until last week the Cardinals had been competitive in every game. They had leads in their first two losses to the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. They were never in it last week.
However with the big news of the week trading for running back Adrian Peterson, there is hope that will not happen again. The running game has been awful to say the last.
The Cardinals hope with some players returning on the offensive line combined with the arrival of Peterson, the running game can finally take off. They are still dead last in the NFL in rushing.
TV: Fox 10 (Kenny Albert, Charles Davis)
Date/Time: Sunday October 15th, 1:05 pm Arizona time, (4:05 ET)
Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfley, Paul Calvisi);
Cardinals radio broadcast network:
KATO, 1230 AM, Thatcher
KAZM, 780 AM, Sedona
KNTR, 980 AM, Lake Havasu
KDDL/KQNA, 94.3 FM, Prescott Valley
KVNA, 600 AM, Flagstaff
KZUA, 92.1 FM, Holbrook
KBLU, 560 AM, Yuma
KRVZ, 1400 AM, Springerville
KIKO, 1340 AM, Miami
KCUB, 1290 AM, Tucson
KGMN,100.1 FM, Kingman
Clearly fans eyes will be on the Cardinals offensive line and whether they get a boost by the return of guard Alex Boone and left tackle D.J. Humphries. Peterson will start at running back and whether it is fair or not, people will be expecting a lot from him.
The Cardinals defensive line and also linebacker Chandler Jones need to get more pressure on the quarterback. Buccaneers Jameis Winston did not have a good day in Arizona last season.
It will be important for the Cardinals defense to keep Winston from being mobile and force him into mistakes. So far the Cardinals only have four takeaways on the season, two of them interceptions by safety Antoine Bethea.
The Cardinals will need to contain Winston’s favorite target, receiver Mike Evans. He is one that can easily slip through the Cardinals secondary for a huge day.