The Cardinals have had their offensive issues. The statistics say they could benefit Sunday by playing the Bills.
The Bills have given up more than 1,200 yards the past two games against the Patriots and 49ers. The 49ers became the first team ever to pass for 300 yards and rush for 300 yards in a single game. “It stinks right now,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “We stink. We have stunk the past two weeks.” The Bills are allowing almost 172 rushing yards a game. The Cardinals are only rushing for 63 yards a game, and will rely on three running backs who won’t supposed to be a major part of the equation.
Add into the equation the Bills are playing on the road — in a place where the Cardinals have been very successful against AFC teams — and the Cards have some things in their favor.
Obviously, the Cardinals can’t take anything for granted. They have struggled to protect quarterback Kevin Kolb (17 sacks the past two games) but in both the last two games there were openings to win regardless. “I’m sure we’ll both play with chips on our shoulder, but for us it’s all about winning,” Kolb said. “I don’t care if it’s 6-3 or 60-53. I really don’t care. At this point in my career, I want to win football games, regardless of how it looks.”
Wherever the Cardinals are mentally — and at 4-1, it sure seems OK to me, despite all the things said about this team following the loss to the Rams — it’s a better place than the Bills. It is Buffalo which has a bigger hurdle to clear in that regard, especially after looking at the beatdowns of the last two games and hearing coach Chan Gailey talk about how his team has to overcome the “hurt.”
“I mean your soul is hurt,” Gailey said. “You hurt in your heart. You hurt in your brain. You hurt everywhere when you do not play well.”
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