Patriots vs. Cardinals Week 14 Preview – The Playoff Race

Patriots vs. Cardinals Week 14 Preview - The Playoff Race

The Patriots and Cardinals face off in Arizona in week 14. Tommy Burch analyzes the game and gives the rundown on each team’s situation.

Patriots vs. Cardinals Week 14 Preview – The Playoff Race

In a game vital for both teams and their playoff hopes, the Patriots travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. Both teams are underperforming so far this season, with records we couldn’t have predicted to start the season.

The Patriots may have a better record, but they still manage to be last in the AFC East even with a 6-6 record. Luckily, the Cardinals play in the NFC West, with the Rams sitting below them in the standings. However, while both teams may not be hyper-competitive, they both have the potential to tear down big-time opponents.

Can the Patriots Snap the Streak?

The Pats are on a two-game losing streak, and it does not look great. However, the two losses were against two of the best teams in the league. Their loss to the Vikings was formidable, giving Pats fans confidence in Mac Jones again, while the Bills ran through them on a Thursday night without much issue.

This Cardinals game may actually be a breath of fresh air for them after competing against the best teams. Arizona has not been great on defense at all, and it may be a great game to get Jones back on his feet.

However, the injury report isn’t looking too great for New England. Starters Jakobi Meyers, Damien Harris, Jalen Mills, and Isaiah Wynn did not practice on Friday, leaving much more offensive firepower off the board.

Thankfully, with Rhamondre Stevenson taking most of the carries, the run game seems consistent. After much backlash, we may see a different offensive game plan and playcalling, with Matt Patricia under the most fire.

Abort Kliff Kingsbury

This Arizona team has been nothing less than a disappointment. With a 4-8 record, they remain one of the worst teams in the NFC. Their offense is not hitting, their defense couldn’t stop a peewee team, and all looks lost.

Despite losing 3 of their last 4 games, they have a similar problem to the Patriots. Their three losses came to the Vikings, the Seahawks, and the 49ers. With two of them being divisional rivals and one being at the top of the NFC, we can’t expect much success.

The Cardinals are notorious for letting opponents score on them, but luckily the Patriots don’t know how to score. This pairing may see a reasonably balanced game, with positives and negatives on both ends.

The two teams have an overall record of 8-7 in New England’s favor, dating back to the 1970 Boston Patriots. The Cardinals maintained success in the early years, but as of recently, the Patriots have begun to take over.

Clearly, the two teams have much on the line. They are both a bit far from a playoff birth, but it is possible for either team. The Patriots have a better chance with how competitive the division is, but the Cardinals could ruin their hopes in one foul swoop.

 


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