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The AFC at UoP with Whiz

Posted by Darren Urban on October 10, 2012 – 10:21 am

Ken Whisenhunt coached in Pittsburgh for six seasons before coming to the Cardinals and knew what he’d be seeing when the AFC teams played his new team in Arizona. That’s worked out well.

The Cardinals have been a good home team since Whisenhunt’s arrival in 2007, and no place does that show up more than when AFC teams come to visit, like will happen Sunday when the Buffalo Bills will be the opponent. It’s the second and final AFC visitor of the season, and of the 11 previous AFC teams to come to town, the Cardinals have beaten nine of them and will be the favorite Sunday against the reeling Bills.

The only two home AFC losses in Whiz’s tenure came in 2009, when the powerful Colts beat up the Cards on “Sunday Night Football” and last year, when the Steelers caught the Cardinals at arguably their lowest point in the season in a 32-20 Pittsburgh win. Because of the way the schedule has worked out, the Cards have seen repeat AFC visitors in that time. The Cards have beaten Miami twice, Cleveland twice, along with a then-undefeated Buffalo (when Adrian Wilson knocked QB Trent Edwards out of the game, below), Houston (late goal-line stand), Oakland (Janikowski’s shocking missed field goal) and Denver (the Jay Feely score-a-thon.)

Next season, the AFC teams who will visit Arizona are the Texans and Colts again.


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11 Responses to “The AFC at UoP with Whiz”

  1. By MIKE G on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren–I think the Card’s are 31-15 under Whiz since he came here including playoff games. He has done a nice job defending the home field. I always say try to have a winning record at home and play 500 on the road and the team will have success. I think the coaching staff has done a nice job stressing to the team how important it is to play well at home. It also gets the fans more involved when the team wins at home. Hopefully our black jerseys will bring good fortune as it did against Philly. Card’s need to jump on the Bills early and take away their confidence. Hey Darren– when the Card’s used to play their games at Tempe–Why did the NFL always seem to schedule the Card’s first 3 of 4 games on the road????? Was it a weather thing??? I always thought that was tough on the team and somewhat unfair!!!

  2. By Kurt on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Texans and Colts should prove to be great matchups next year.

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Sun Devil Stadium

    Early road games were always about avoiding playing in the terrible heat.

  4. By Kevin S on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    I’d rather have had the AFC South this year than next… Houston will probably be good both years, IND will be much better next year with Luck having a year under his belt, and it’s hard to believe Jax and Tenn will be any worse than they are this year.

    That said, I guess getting the East has worked out so far… 2-0 with the two toughest teams (at least so far) already out of the way. Buffalo allowing 35 PPG so hopefully our offense can wake up a little and generate at least mid-20’s. Should be enough to win, I would think.

  5. By Peter in Canada on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Mike G – I agree. Buffalo’s confidence is very low and if we get ahead early it will get even lower. Even with our problems, I think we should go to 5-1. As far as I am concerned it is a must win game if we want to make the playoffs.

    Darren – How is Dockett coming along? Thanx.

  6. By Jordan on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Man we neeeeed Dockett. The way he creates havoc in the backfield is so important to this defense. His ability to take on double teams to allow lanes for other d linemen and linebackers to rush through is greatly needed.

  7. By in fitz we trust on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    hahaha!!! I remember when Feely went off against Denver two years ago. I had him on my fantasy team; scored a touchdown and like 5 field goals. hes probably the highest scoring fantasy kicker in a single game in fantasy football history.

    we should really look into that….

  8. By Scott H on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Peter –

    Exactly how do we know that Buffalo’s confidence is very low??? Do we have spies within that organization? Do we have the locker room bugged? Are we reading the notes from theor therapy sessions? And after being dominated by the Rams as we were last week, how do know that OUR confidence hasn’t been shaken just a bit??? If you’re a Bills fan, don’t you have just a much right to wonder about our confidence right about now?

    You never know how a team is going to play after getting pounded like the Bills were last week. Their confidence could be shaken, yes. Might they be just as likely to be pissed off and frustrated after being thoroughly embarrased and looking to turn it loose on their next opponent? The Bills are not a push-over and i don’t think they are planning to roll over and die for us on Sunday. And, really, that shouldn’t be the focus here. The focus should be on seeing the Cardinals playing at or damn close to their best. Because we’ve seen how good they can be when they do. And we’ve seen how bad they can be when they are not. I don’t want to count on an opponent coming in with low confidence. I want to see the Cardinals team that dominated the eagles a few weeks ago. If THAT team shows up, it don’t matter.

    Let’s also keep in mind that the team that pasted the Bills last week might just be THE best team in the NFL right now. And we will be seeing that team in a few weeks.

  9. By armand on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    darren,

    is there a reason the afc teams do not alternate their visits every four years? thanks for all the great insight and reporting.

  10. By Darren Urban on Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Armand —

    RE: AFC visits

    It has to do only with the Cardinals and one other team (Rams?) when East coast teams had complained about scheduling. It’ll all even out over the eight-year period.

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