The Arizona Cardinals have struggled to block opposing players all season long.
Two weeks ago, the Cardinals gave up eight sacks in a win against the Miami Dolphins. You would think that would be their worst performance of the year. It wasn’t. Just four days later, they gave up nine sacks on Thursday Night Football in a loss to the St. Louis Rams. In the past two weeks, QB Kevin Kolb has been sacked an astounding 17 times.
This week, the Cardinals will face the Buffalo Bills. DE Mario Williams will line up on the left side against rookie RT Bobby Massie. This is the Cardinals’ challenge of the week. Williams has 54.5 sacks in his 7 years of experience in the NFL. Williams may have only 1.5 sacks on the year, but I can promise you he is salivating at a chance to go against one of the worst, if not the worst, offensive lines in the league. Williams has not played up to his potential this year and hopes to make a statement against the Cardinals.
Massie will need help on the right side and that is a lot of pressure for a tight end or running back. LaRod Stephens-Howling has a lot of heart, but I just don’t think he has the size to get the job done. Tight end Todd Heap and Jim Dray were limited in practice on Thursday, so their contributions on Sunday are still in question. The Cardinals have faced challenges head all season long. First it was the quarterback, then it was the running back, and over the past few weeks it has been the offensive line. I wouldn’t be surprised if the offensive line surprised Cardinals fans this weekend.