Arizona Sports predicts Cardinals vs. Bills
The Arizona Cardinals head back home looking to rebound from their first loss of the year, and they seem to have the perfect opponent in the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills come to town fresh off of two big losses and toting a 2-3 record. Their defense is banged up and their offense is turnover prone.
Will the Cardinals take care of business? The experts at Arizona Sports 620 tell you, and we encourage you to post your prediction with a comment.
Cards defense will carry them. Cards will get a special teams TD.
These things will lead to a more balanced offense that will mask the O-Line struggles. Buffalo scores a late TD to make the score much closer than the game itself.
Talk about your classic "something's gotta give" matchup.
The Buffalo Bills defense is the only defense the Arizona Wildcats can point and laugh at. Over 1,200 yards? In two games? That doesn't happen in the NFL. But on the flip side, you've got the Cardinals offense, who has yet to gain 300 total yards in a game this season. See the dilemma here?
Buffalo's banged up on both lines, and that ultimately will be too much to overcome.
It won't be a repeat from last week for either team, as I expect another University of Phoenix Stadium thriller. I also expect P Twice to deliver the fireworks and the win for the Birds.
Final Score: Cardinals 23, Bills 20
The key to winning the game....is winning the game. I know, that's some deep thinking right there. But I do believe the Cardinals simply must win this game given the state of the team following the loss to the Rams and the potentially torturous upcoming slate (at Minnesota, San Francisco, at Green Bay, at Atlanta). Order needs to be reestablished. Lose to Buffalo and it won't be "it's just one loss, we're still 4-2, everything will be OK." I think this team could be teetering on the edge of an abyss if they fail at home vs. the Bills. I think they'll treat this game with the appropriate amount of urgency, come out refreshed after the extra time off, and beat the beatable at home.
Final Score: Cardinals 24, Bills 13
Bills defense was a mess the last two weeks and I see no indication of things changing. They have given up over 1,200 yards the past two weeks to New England and San Francisco. They have given up 90 points in the last six quarters! Last week they became the first team in NFL history to give up 300 yards passing and rushing to a team (49ers). The Bills may get to Kevin Kolb (doesn't everyone?), but there is a reason the Bills haven't had a winning record since 2004 and have missed the playoffs for 12 straight years -- they aren't any good! It will be interesting to see if Arizona commits to the running game ,and if they get a big lead early they should work on running the ball.
Final Score: Cardinals 31, Bills 17
I asked Larry Fitzgerald Thursday if there's a chance the Cardinals could be overconfident against a Bills D that is one of the worst in the NFL. He asked how anyone could be overconfident after scoring just three points in the team's last game.
Good enough for me.
The Cardinals may not light up the scoreboard a la 49ers and Patriots, but they will score enough before letting their stingy defense go to work.
Ryan Fitzpatrick's homecoming Sunday won't go much better than his career has gone since he signed a huge contract back in Oct. 2011. The Bills' defense might not make history by giving up 550 total yards for a third consecutive week, but for all of that money they spent this off-season, they are just flat out terrible. A battered offensive line and tandem of inexperienced running backs won't be enough to hold back the Cardinals. NFC West home teams are 10-0 heading into Week 6. Arizona will make it No. 11.
Final Score: Cardinals 31, Bills 10
Let's see, CSI NFL is still lifting forensic tire tread evidence off the Bills shoulder pads after getting buffalo'd by the 49ers 45-3. Thing is, do the Cards care? No. The Big Red is still stinging after their loss on the big stage. Hence, no more big plays allowed by the AZ D. And that means the Cards improve to 10-2 at home vs AFC teams under Coach Whiz.
Final Score: Cardinals 28, Bills 10
The Cardinals defense has given up the big play each of the last two weeks, and the offense has looked OK at best; I think that changes on Sunday. Kolb throws for 300 yards, three TDs and an INT, while the defense forces three turnovers, two of which will come from strip sacks of Fitzpatrick.
Final Score: Cardinals 34, Bills 16
This Sunday, anything can happen. The Cardinals may actually complete a touchdown pass, Fred Jackson could decide that his Bills aren't losing, or Hell could freeze over and the Cards' O-line will actually stop something. I think we're going to see the offense click a bit, but the Bills will take it.
Final Score: Bills 31, Cardinals 20
Cards get back to the "W" column this weekend. Arizona offense should be able to get in a groove facing a Buffalo D that allows an average of 450 yards per game.
Final Score: Cardinals 24, Bills 17
Buffalo is at best average, at worst bad. The Cardinals are at worst average, possibly even good. Last I checked good > bad.
Back at home the crowd will be rowdy and while the Bills might stick around, the banged up Cardinals should be able to use the home cooking to push them over the top for a W.
The Cardiac Cardinals will continue their recent string of close home games. I do not see the Cards getting off to a good start and putting the Bills out of the game early like the 49ers did last week. The Cardinals will let the Bills hang around in a shootout. Look for Kevin Kolb and his receivers to be clicking early and often. Larry Fitzgerald will have at least 100 yards receiving. The lack of a run game for the Cards will force that. The Arizona-grown Ryan Fitzpatrick will be able to throw the ball effectively on the Cardinals in front of his hometown crowd. Look for a now-healthy Fred Jackson to contribute in the receiving game for the Bills. The Bills will play a close one possession ball game but, Big Red gets the win.
Final Score: Cardinals 30, Bills 24
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