Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans - 11/10/13
Houston Texans (2-6) at Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -3 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Texans look to get something going as they head into Arizona to take on the Cardinals who look to move above .500.
The Houston Texans have to be considered one of if not the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season as one of the preseason favourites to win the AFC has stumbled to a 2-6 record at the midway point. While the Texans have been bit by the injury big losing Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Ben Tate at one point or another they simply haven’t looked the same this season and at this rate are likely to miss the postseason. Houston found themselves up big on the Colts at home Sunday night but in a season encapsulating collapse the Texans allowed the Colts to claw their way back and ultimately grab the win. Houston had no sense of killer instinct and after getting up big they veered away from what was working and as such found themselves four games under .500. Despite the loss, Case Keenum and Andre Johnson were spectacular through the air and you can expect more of the combination in this one, though Cards’ cornerback Patrick Peterson will surely be matched up against Johnson so Keenum may have to look elsewhere to generate offense.
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The Cardinals have quietly put together a 4-4 start to the season and while they’re a huge longshot at winning the division as it looks like the Seahawks and Niners are running away with it they could very well challenge for the second wild card spot. The NFC East is a disaster, the NFC North has three teams at 5-3 and now contains an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team, and the surging Panthers sit at 5-3 leaving the Cards in a very probable position to at least challenge for the playoffs. Andre Ellington quickly asserted himself as the team’s best ball carrier as Rashard Mendenhall has been quiet this season and while Carson Palmer is a liability throwing the football he still has talent and with Larry Fitzgerald on his side of the snap Palmer always has a chance to reach the end zone. I wouldn’t have thought at the beginning of the season that either of these two teams would be sitting where they are currently but that’s why they play the game and why we must look at things on a weekly basis. While I am a little skeptical on the Cards’ offense there is no denying their defense is strong and with Johnson likely to be limited in terms of production I think the Cards have a great chance to win this one especially if Ellington can produce. I’m taking the Cards here in what is a must win type of game if they want to compete for a playoff spot.