It’s been an entertaining Week 11 filled with nail-biters, comebacks and head-scratchers. And there’s still that Monday night clash in Los Angeles to come.
What a wild week for the National Football League. And it will all culminate with that showdown at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Monday night between the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs and 9-1 Los Angeles Rams.
As for the other 12 games already played in Week 11, nine of those were decided by four points or less and three of those contests were won by a field goal on the final play of the game. So can the showdown between the AFC West and NFC West leaders live up to that in primetime?
More importantly, were there any major changes when it came to the power rankings?
Recap: The Cardinals were in the middle of a three-game scratch versus AFC West opponents and hoped to fare better at home against the Oakland Raiders than they did a week ago at Arrowhead Stadium. While running back David Johnson ran for 1377 yards and ageless wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald scored on both of his receptions in the game, rookie quarterback Josh Rosen had quite the interesting afternoon. He connected on only nine of his 20 throws, with three going for scores and two winding up in the hands of Raiders’ defenders. But Steve Wilks’ defense couldn’t stop a late drive and the team lost for the eighth time in 10 outings.
Next Week: Wilks’ team heads the Los Angeles for the second time this season. Only this time, the Cardinals will face a revitalized Chargers’ team that is vying for division title. The clubs will meet for only the third time in nine seasons. The last road game in this series for Big Red resulted in a 41-10 loss at San Diego back in 2010.
Playoff hopes: There have been some positive at times for these revamped Cardinals, who have a young and promising quarterback prospect and some nice pieces on the defense in terms of pass rushers. But this is very much a team in rebuilding mode despite the presence of a few talented veterans.
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