The 2015 NFL deteriorate continues Sunday, Nov. 22, as a Cincinnati Bengals horde a Arizona Cardinals during Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kickoff time: 7:30 p.m. Central, 8:30 p.m. Eastern
TV: NBC (live tide on NBC Sports Live Extra)
Records: Bengals 8-1, Cardinals 7-2
Odds: Cardinals -4.5, Over/under: 48.5
BENGALS: DOUBTFUL: DE Michael Johnson (back), CB Adam Jones (foot), DT Pat Sims (knee). PROBABLE: LB Vontaze Burfict (knee), DE Carlos Dunlap (shoulder), T Andre Smith (concussion), S Shawn Williams (ankle).
CARDINALS: OUT: DE Cory Redding (ankle). DOUBTFUL: G Jonathan Cooper (knee). QUESTIONABLE: WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (hamstring), LB Markus Golden (ankle), G Mike Iupati (neck, concussion). PROBABLE: CB Justin Bethel (illness), WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle), S Rashad Johnson (ribs), C Lyle Sendlein (shoulder).
Cincinnati quarterbacks past and benefaction will block off Sunday night.
Carson Palmer, drafted No. 1 altogether by a Bengals in 2004, brings a Arizona Cardinals (7-2) into primary time opposite Andy Dalton and Cincinnati (8-1) in a matchup of a first-place teams in a NFC West and AFC North.
Palmer forced his approach out of Cincinnati, holding out a initial 6 games of a 2011 deteriorate and has had a career rebirth in Arizona. Directing a NFL’s No.1-ranked offense in a season, Palmer is second to Tom Brady in touchdown passes (23) and quarterback rating (108).
“This is not only another game,” Palmer said.
Bengals manager Marvin Lewis pronounced there are “a lot of certain memories” of Palmer.
“But, we know, Carson plays for a Cardinals now,” Lewis said. “So we shouldn’t dwell on Carson. He’s a excellent player. We drafted him series one overall. He was an superb actor here, and person. He’s left a lot to build on here.”
Dalton has started any diversion given he came into a NFL in 2011 in a midst of Palmer’s sour holdout and successive trade to Oakland.
The Bengals were cruising by an dominant deteriorate before a offense stalled in Monday night’s 10-6 home detriment to a Houston Texans.
Dalton finished 22 of 38 passes for a season-low 197 yards with one interception. For a initial time this season, Dalton did not chuck a touchdown pass.
Palmer, meanwhile, overcame dual mislaid fumbles, throwing for 3 scores and directing dual late touchdown drives in Arizona’s 39-32 feat during Seattle.
Arizona will play in a second true Sunday night game. The Bengals will seem in primary time for a third diversion in a quarrel (Thursday, Monday and Sunday nights).
Here are some things to watch:
A MIRROR IMAGE: The Cardinals have regularly mentioned how most they see themselves in a Cincinnati offense.
“Very similar,” Arizona manager Bruce Arians said. ‘They’re unequivocally enlarged and fast. They have a plain secondary. Andy is personification really, unequivocally well. They’ve got a outrageous and good far-reaching receiver, good fast of backs. They’re a quality, peculiarity group. Marvin is a heck of a coach. They’ve got a good staff.”
THE DEFENSE: The Cardinals will chuck an array of treacherous sets and schemes during Dalton, mostly withdrawal their gifted delegate to urge receivers one-on-one.
Arizona ranks third in a NFL in yards authorised (316.1 per game).
“They’re versatile,” Dalton said. “They’ve got good players all over a field. They’re unequivocally good adult front. The behind finish plays good and covers guys tight, so it’s going to be a good test.”
Cincinnati is no slump defensively, either. The Bengals have authorised 10 points in any of their final 3 games.
“We work so tough any day during perplexing to be a best invulnerability out there,” cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “I’m not going to let that go unnoticed. That’s a good fulfilment and it motivates us to keep going.”
NO LOSING STREAK: Last season, a Bengals won their initial 3 games, afterwards went by a three-game widen that enclosed dual waste and a tie. Even with a detriment on Monday night, they’re still in control of a AFC North and in position for a first-round playoff bye, as enlarged as they don’t tumble into a enlarged losing streak.
Arizona will be looking for a third true victory. With a win, a Bengals would be 9-1 for a initial time in authorization history.
RUN THE BALL: As is mostly a case, a group that runs a round substantially will have a best possibility during a victory.
Arizona rushed for 117 yards during Seattle, though 48 of them came on Andre Ellington’s game-clinching touchdown.
In final week’s win during Seattle, Chris Johnson rushed for only 58 yards in 28 carries.
Cincinnati’s using diversion has been haphazard all deteriorate and reached a new low in a detriment to a Texans. Dalton was a Bengals’ heading rusher during halftime with 30 yards. Cincinnati has been singular to 78 yards or reduction in dual of a final 3 games.
CENTURY MARK: Arizona will be personification a 100th diversion during University of Phoenix Stadium, and any one of them has been a sellout.
And a place is loud. Arizona leads a NFL in inducing fake start penalties given a track was built in 2006. The track also has combined a income tide that’s helped a authorization succeed.
It includes one of a best surfaces in a NFL, healthy weed territory that’s rolled outward into a dried fever when it’s not in use.
“‘I know there’s going to be good appetite in that building,” Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald said. “We’re looking brazen to feeding off of that appetite opposite a group that’s going to come in there inspired for a win.”
Information from a Associated Press was used in this report.