Cardinals vs Chiefs : The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) put their undefeated record at home this year on the line Sunday afternoon as they play host to the Arizona Cardinals (2-6), who are looking for their second-straight victory after a tough start to their season.
Little known fact about Josh Rosen, but he didn’t win a single road game for UCLA in 2017. His NFL road record is 1-1, but let’s not act like playing in Arrowhead stadium is a normal road game. This is the loudest stadium in the world with a noticeable homefield advantage, especially for the Chiefs’ defense. All of the key statistics (sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, 3rd down) go up when they’re playing at home.
The biggest concern that Arizona will face in this game is it’s porous offensive line. Protecting Josh Rosen against a Chiefs team that’s getting pressure on the quarterback as good as any team in the NFL could prove challenging.
I expect the Cardinals to do a bit better than they have in previous weeks because of their bye week, but I still don’t think they have the firepower on offense to keep up with this Chiefs team. They’ll need to find success at all three phases if they’re going to have a chance against the Chiefs in Arrowhead.
Headed into the home stretch, Kansas City looks as good as any team in the NFL and hosts the up-and-coming Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in a game that could be a blowout. The Chiefs have pieces on offense that other teams can only dream about. Even with Josh Rosen and David Johnson, Arizona’s offense is anemic compared to the Kansas City juggernaut orchestrated by Patrick Mahomes.
Both teams sport young quarterbacks and an established running game, but thats pretty much where the similarities end. Arizona doesn’t have a world-beating defense, but has Patrick Peterson and Chandler Jones healthy, which could cause problems for Mahomes and Kareem Hunt.
Expect about 60 points between these two teams, but for the wide majority of them to be marked for the home team. I’m calling this game 42-16 for Kansas City and expect a huge day for Mahomes and Tyreek Hill.
This is almost the same story as last week. The Chiefs are facing a wildly inferior team in a matchup that is considered a “trap game.” The difference this week is that Kansas City is at home.
I don’t expect the Chiefs to falter against Arizona, but I do expect David Johnson to have a strong game against K.C.’s poor defense. Still, Johnson and quarterback Josh Rosen won’t be able to keep up with one of the greatest offenses in recent memory.
The Chiefs didn’t fall in the trap last week on the road against the Cleveland Browns, so I don’t expect them to at home against a less talented Cardinals team. Even if Arizona plays it’s best game and Kansas City plays it’s worst, I think the Chiefs still win.
I don’t expect the Chiefs to play poorly, however. There’s no reason to believe their offense is going to slow down, even if the Cardinals have a decent pass defense. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has shredded better secondaries and running back Kareem Hunt should feast against a below average run defense.
As for K.C.’s defense, it will be more of the same. Running back David Johnson will have a big day rushing and receiving, there will be plenty of missed tackles and a couple of blown coverages by the safeties and linebackers.
With that said, the Chiefs should be able get to quarterback Josh Rosen multiple times and come up with a couple of turnovers. They’ll win comfortably.This game is a fine opportunity for Kansas City’s defense to shine. Faced with a struggling Cardinals team doomed to have a losing season, this is great practice for Bob Sutton’s defense to continue trending upwards.
Offensively, I’m not concerned. While it wasn’t even his best match last week, Patrick Mahomes dazzled. With a bevy of key players on as a gametime decision status regarding their injury, I expect Andy Reid to diversify his options just as much as he has done before.
I’m most excited about the possibility of Mahomes breaking a long-standing franchise record. At 29 passing TDs, number 15 only needs two more to break Super Bowl winning QB Len Dawson’s record of 30 in one season. Given his track record, I’m fairly confident Mahomes will do soThe Arizona Cardinals come to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with a significant task at hand as they try to slow the NFL’s most prolific offense—perhaps in several years.
The Kansas City Chiefs are making quick work of most opponents these days with Patrick Mahomes under center and a strong all-star cast of offensive weapons around their star QB.We recently asked Cardinals expert Scott Allen of our sister site, Raising Zona, to find out more about the team’s state of mind these days, their chances on Sunday for a win and to gauge how fans are feeling about Josh Rosen midway through his rookie year.
The Chiefs are not only plowing through most of their 2018 schedule — they’re making winners out of their supporters in Las Vegas, too.But this is an entirely new challenge in that realm.
The Chiefs are favored 16 1/2 points against visiting Arizona on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. It’s the largest favorite the Chiefs have ever been, or at least since betting lines became widely available in 1985, according to BetDSI, which tracks the historical data. It surpasses a 1992 meeting with the New England Patriots in which the Chiefs were favored 16 points.
There is no sure thing in the NFL, but this is about as close as it gets. Over the past 10 seasons, there have been 21 teams favored by at least 16 points, and all but one of them won the football game, per BetDSI. The Buffalo Bills broke the perfect record earlier this year, upsetting Minnesota in Week 3.