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Cardinals vs. Texans: Arizona Overcomes Houston With Defense, Stays Alive in NFC Playoff Race

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans came into their matchup with the Arizona Cardinals with not much going for them the rest of this season. The one thing that fans have been able to be excited about is the play of quarterback Case Keenum in the place of Matt Schaub, however the team still isn’t getting wins.

The Cardinals, however, were sitting at 4-4 and still very much alive in the NFC Playoff race. With there being so much parity in the NFC this year aside from maybe the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals very well have life and should continue hoping for a wildcard spot.

Keenum played well early on, but the Cardinals defense was just too much for the Texans in the end as they won 27-24. Keenum did not throw an interception but did lose a fumble. Funny enough on the opposite side, Carson Palmer tossed an interception and lost a fumble. Running back Rashard Mendenahll also lost a fumble, thus giving the Texans a 3-to-1 advantage in the turnover battle.

Despite committing those three turnovers, Arizona’s defense only gave up 235 yards to the Texans’ offense and came up with three big sacks on Keenum, totaling a loss of 42 yards. Dating back to last season, Arizona’s defense has been consistently good. Early on in 2012, they were great, but they have stayed physical and this year have a bit of an improved offense to go with that defense.

What makes Arizona intriguing is this defense. With so many playmakers and an up-and-down schedule for the rest of the year, nobody really knows what could happen with this Cardinals team. At least for now, with a win over the Texans, they continue to stay relevant in the playoff race thanks to their stout defensive efforts.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

 

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