Take a look at what the Cardinals must do on Sunday to improve to 9-1 and maintain their lead in the NFC West and NFC.
After a resounding 31-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers without many of their star players, the Arizona Cardinals declared they are indeed the best team in the NFL. Arizona now boasts a league-best 5-0 road record, 3-0 division record, and 4-1 conference record.
On Sunday they will host their next opponent, the Carolina Panthers, a team who has been their nemesis over the past several years.
Dating back to 2014, the Panthers have won five straight matchups over the Cardinals, including two elimination games in the playoffs. Over their past three meetings, Carolina also has had three different starting quarterbacks, and this Sunday will be no different. Panthers starting quarterback, Sam Darnold, was placed on injured reserve after suffering a fractured scapula. Carolina brought back Cam Newton on Thursday but is not expected to play. Instead, it will be fifth-year pro P.J. Walker, making only his second career start.
For Arizona, it is unknown whether they will have some of their key contributors. Quarterback Kyler Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be game-day decisions. Guards Justin Pugh and Max Garcia have missed practice all week.
Regardless of who plays, there are still some keys for the Cardinals to achieve their ninth win this season.
Jess Root and Seth Cox break down the latest about the Cardinals on the latest edition of the podcast.
The latest podcast episode has dropped. It is our first show since the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Green Bay Packers, so Revenge of the Birds’ Seth Cox and I cover a lot of topics.
We react to what happened before the NFL trade deadline and discuss whether the Cardinals should have made a move. We look at the impact of the moves made in the NFC West.
We react to the loss to the Packers and give our thoughts on what the loss means for the team. Then we go through the injury situation and look ahead to the Cardinals’ Week 9 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
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Here are the approximate times of our topics.
(1:00) Intros, reactions to the trade deadline
(22:13) Breaking down the loss to the Packers
(30:46) Does anything change for us looking at the team after the loss?
FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer says that Murray could be looking at a one to three-week injury, although there is a chance he plays this week.
The Arizona Cardinals have had to deal with a number of injuries already this year and, coming off their Week 8 loss to the Green Bay Packers, might have to add quarterback Kyler Murray to the list of injured players.
In the final drive of the game, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer on the network’s NFL pregame show on Sunday, Murray “legitimately sprained his ankle.” This doesn’t necessarily mean he will miss any time, but Glazer said it is a “one to three-week injury.”
Murray limped off the field after the game-sealing interception in the final seconds and was seen wearing a walking boot to leave the stadium.
Murray said he would be okay and that “a guy rolled up on” him.
The Cardinals will be back at the training center Monday and he will certainly receive treatment. Glazer notes that if swelling is down, he could play this week.
The Cardinals will release their first injury report of the week on Wednesday.
Rondale Moore and A.J. Green were two of the four players with dud performances or moments.
The Arizona Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season Thursday night, a 24-21 defeat to the Green Bay Packers. Plenty of things did not go well as a team, but some players had lackluster performances or moments in the game.
Which players stood out as the duds of Thursday’s game?
The Arizona Cardinals get a key defensive lineman back, but it is a little late. The team announced it activated defensive tackle Corey Peters from the COVID list. To make room for him, they released offensive lineman Zack Johnson, whom they signed from the practice squad on Thursday.
Peters probably was not in condition to be able to play and contribute Thursday, but his presence will help mitigate the loss of J.J. Watt, who suffered multiple injuries to his shoulder.
He has a very good run defender and will help shore up their troubles in that area on defense.
The team didn’t want him to further injure his hamstring but he still came out to play in the fourth quarter.
The Arizona Cardinals did not get a full game on Sunday from receiver DeAndre Hopkins, but they got more playing time late in the game than they wanted him to.
He entered the game questionable to play with a hamstring injury that kept him from practicing all week. Then, after hauling in a 55-yard reception, he did not return, as the hamstring continued to give him trouble.
It wasn’t the last he played, although the team intended on keeping him out.
Hopkins only played 15 snaps in the game but actually sneaked into the game in the second half for a few plays.
“We wanted him to stay off the field, but he’d just run on,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters after the game. “He wants to play. He’s super competitive and made some plays there. We just wanted to be smart, but he was definitely hurting.”
He finished with two receptions for 66 yards, the second catch giving them a first down when they needed it.
The Cardinals have a mini-bye this weekend, as they do not have anything until next week, so ideally he will be good to go against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9.
Kingsbury said after Thursday’s game he didn’t know the timeline for Watt’s recovery. He did not say it was season-ending yet.
The Arizona Cardinals suffered an important loss to their defense with the injury to defensive end J.J. Watt. He needs surgery to repair what has been reported as a separated shoulder, torn rotator cuff, torn labrum and torn biceps.
While it is believed to be potentially season-ending, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is not yet ready to declare it as such.
“I’m not sure on the exact timetable,” he said postgame on Thursday. “He’ll have surgery and then we’ll kind of take it from there.”
He did say the surgery would take place next week.
Based on the number of injuries suffered all at once, it would seem virtually impossible to return at any point before next season.
That said, they also don’t want to simply rule him out if there is even a slight chance of his coming back.
Murray said after the game he got rolled up on but would be good.
The Arizona Cardinals might have yet another injury to worry about next week. They have already lost defensive end J.J. Watt for what likely will be the rest of the season and receiver DeAndre Hopkins has a hamstring injury that hampered him Thursday night.
Quarterback Kyler Murray might have an injury to watch.
After the final play of the Cardinals’ 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers, he stayed on the ground. Surely part of that was frustration and emotions that resulted after throwing an interception in the end zone, but just a couple of plays before, he did get hurt.
He said after the game that “a guy rolled up on me,” which usually affects the ankle or knee. But he also said he would be fine.
However, as he was leaving the stadium, ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss noted he was wearing a walking boot on his left leg.
Something to keep an eye on: Kyler Murray was seen wearing a walking boot on his left leg as he left the stadium Thursday night.
Could be precautionary. Could be more serious. We won’t know until Wednesday of next week. Either way, he has about five days to rest.