TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 10, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Weather: High 80, Low 50
Line: Arizona (-2.5)
While week nine was nearly a complete loss for the Houston Texans after losing head coach Gary Kubiak to heart issues for a couple weeks and losing a huge lead to the Indianapolis Colts, there were a couple positives to take away from the game. One positive was the emergence of Case Keenum at quarterback as the young gunslinger passed for 350 yards and three touchdowns in the game — giving him 621 yards and four touchdowns on the year. Another positive to take from the game was the reemergence of Andre Johnson at wide receiver. He caught nine passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the game and he now has 813 yards and three touchdowns on the year. The Texans hope to get Arian Foster and his 542 yards and a touchdown back this week.
On the other side of the field, the Arizona Cardinals have fallen off the map completely when it comes to offensive prowess. Starting the season off strong with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald making a pretty solid connection, the offense has tailed off, ranking 24th in points per game and 29th in total yards per game. Palmer has passed for 1,913 yards and 10 touchdowns for the 18th-ranked passing offense, connecting with Fitzgerald 26 times for 470 yards and five touchdowns. Rashard Mendenhall started the season as the top running back, but has since been overtaken by the rookie, Andre Ellington. The young back has accounted for 333 yards and two touchdowns on over seven yards per carry — an almost unheard of mark in the NFL.
Defensively, the Texans rank first in total yards allowed and passing yards allowed per contest this season while ranking 18th in rushing yards allowed. It’s odd to see such a dominant defense allow so many points, giving up the sixth-most points per game in the league. Arizona ranks 13th in total yards allowed as well as 12th in points allowed per game, but they are fourth in rushing yards allowed — bad news for Foster and Ben Tate.
PREDICTION: Texans 31, Cardinals 20