Sunday’s matchup between the Colts and Cardinals is one of just two games this week involving two teams with over .500 records.
While the Colts have a three-game lead in their division, the Cardinals are fighting for a Wild Card spot in the NFC.
Here’s a breakdown of the 6-4 Cardinals, who are in the midst of a three-game winning streak.
- Veteran Carson Palmer has had an up-and-down first season as the Cardinals quarterback. He has thrown 15 interceptions but has had just two picks in the last three weeks. During Arizona’s three-game winning streak, Palmer has had games of 72.2 and 71.4 completion percentages. Palmer has been sacked 14 times in the last four weeks.
- Running back Rashard Mendenhall is reunited with his offensive coordinator from Pittsburgh in Arians. Mendenhall has had at least nine carries in every game this season but has had over 3.2 yards per carry in just one game since Week Two.
- Rookie running back Andre Ellington has 6.3 yards per carry which leads the NFL for the top 70 running backs in rush attempts. The sixth-round pick is an electric threat out of the backfield and is the primary third-down back.
- Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd have been the main targets for Palmer with the Pro Bowler in Fitzgerald having 11 more targets then the second-year Floyd.
- The Cardinals have one of the best run defenses in the NFL and have allowed just one runner over 100 yards (101 by Frank Gore) in 2013. Arizona has given up four rushing touchdowns this year, which is the third fewest in the NFL.
- Thanks to a stout front seven, the Cardinals are second in the NFL with 35 tackles for loss for a total of 92 yards in 2013.
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