New England Patriots @ Arizona Cardinals: Playoff Dreams As Pairs Meet on Monday Night Football | NFL News
Arizona (4-8) is on the verge of being knocked out of post-season contention in the NFC after four losses in the year, while New England (6-6) eye a wild card spot in the AFC; watch Patriots @ Cardinals, live on Sky Sports NFL and Main Event from 1:00 a.m. Tuesday (starts at 1:15 a.m.)
Last Updated: 12/12/22 12:56pm
Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals are in a state of despair as they host New England patriots on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports NFL.
The Cardinals (4-8) have been one of the NFL’s underperforming teams this season and, with five games to go, three wins behind the New York Giants (7-5-1), the team currently occupies the top spot. Saturday and also the last match of NFC.
As only one team in the conference has had fewer wins – the Chicago Bears (3-9) – another defeat would rule Arizona out of contention and put fourth-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury firmly in the car. hot seat.
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However, Cardinal Budda Baker’s outstanding safety didn’t want to have to raise the white flag before it became necessary.
“At the end of the day, when it’s time to work, we work,” Baker, who had the best 90 tackles in the team, told reporters ahead of the clash.
“We have five more opportunities. We must make the best use of them because [the NFL] stands for ‘not long’. We have to play some nice football.”
The Cardinals will be playing against New England on their goodbye weekend. However, they have lost two games in a row and lost six of their last eight, and they will need star defender Murray to warm up if they are to make it through to the knockout stages late.
The fourth-year professional has passed less than 200 yards in each of his last two appearances – he missed two games in November due to a hamstring injury – and has career-worst yards per attempt this season.
He has also received much criticism during his career due to his poor performances after being extended to a five-year, $230.5 million contract during the off-season.
“You know where you stand, what comes with it, what you have to face,” says Murray.
“I’m not really new to it. It’s something I’ve had to deal with, not my whole life but for the most part. It doesn’t affect me.”
The Patriots (6-6) also lost two straight games in Monday night’s competition and are having problems of their own.
New England are currently out of the knockout stages of the AFC, but a win over the Cardinals would see them share a similar record with the New York Jets (7-6) and Los Angeles Chargers (7-6), with the latter. currently occupying the last Saturday seed in conference.
The atmosphere is definitely tense. In the home loss to the Buffalo Bills on December 1, quarterback Mac Jones was furious on the sidelines for his lack of so-called fouled deep passes.
Jones’ playstyle isn’t as solid as his 2021 rookie campaign. He passed 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns last season; he has 1,963 yards and seven goals in nine games this year, but believes the Patriots are close to achieving their offensive action together.
“We just had to get rid of the [bad plays] at this point,” Jones said. “There are a few turns in each game – a handful of plays that aren’t very good. Once we can fix those things, everything will work out.”
Earlier this week, New England coach Bill Belichick said it was too difficult to make big changes to attack at this point of the season.
That doesn’t sound very promising, as the Patriots are 24th in total fouls, averaging 318.9 yards per game and 19th in points with 20.8 points per game.
“If we can do, consistently, what we are doing, I think we will be fine,” said Belichick, who has won seven of eight previous meetings with the Cardinals. “We can’t have enough consistency – and that hurts us.
“It’s not one thing. This time it’s another, next time it’s another. We just need to be more consistent in the game and training.”
New England player Jakobi Meyers (concussion) was ruled out for Saturday’s game, as were full-back Jalen Mills (groin) and attacking save Isaiah Wynn (leg).
Running back Damien Harris (thigh) is questionable and tackles attacking Trent Brown (sick) and Yodny Cajuste (calf, back) are questionable.
For Arizona, winger Byron Murphy (back), receiver Rondale Moore (groin) and guard Rashaad Coward (chest) will miss the game. Full-back Zach Allen (sick) and full-back Charles Washington (chest) are in doubt.
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