Arizona Cardinals could have troubling day in Kansas City

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 07: Strong safety Ron Parker #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of the NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 07: Strong safety Ron Parker #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of the NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 18-15. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 18-15. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Key players

For the Cardinals offense look no further than quarterback Josh Rosen and running back David Johnson.  In their last game against the San Francisco 49ers Rosen seemed to get on track in the fourth quarter, going 12-18 for 150-yards and two touchdowns.

Rosen could have a good day against what is a Chiefs defense with some of the best individual players in the league, guys like Chris Jones and Allen Bailey on the line and Justin Houston and Dee Ford at linebacker.  They all can get at it.

Let’s also not forget guys like Kendall Fuller, Steven Nelson and Ron Parker in the secondary.  They all have come up with turnovers this season.

The thing is though, teams have shown they have no problem scoring on their defense.  They have given up more than 20 points in all but two of their games so far this season.

On the flip side, the Cardinals have only scored more than 20 once.  They seemed to be coming out of a shell though against the 49ers in the second half.

That all starts with using running back David Johnson more in the passing game as well as making sure he gets his carries.  He had 20 touches against the 49ers.  He may need 25-30 on Sunday.

The Cardinals also need to keep feeding receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  He caught eight passes for 10-2 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers.  Find Fitz and you usually find gold.