Remember the 4-0 Arizona Cardinals? They were off to a perfect start and ready to challenge the San Francisco 49ers for NFC West supremacy. Hell, they might have been taking aim at best in the NFC. Or not.
The Cardinals' start feels like a long time ago because since winning four straight, they have lost six in a row. That skid started on October 6 with a 17-3 loss to the St. Louis Rams, who the Cards will play this weekend.
The Arizona offense has been terrible, failing to top 20 points in any of those six games and being held to just three points twice. Their slide has them down to 29th in the NFL in rushing and 26th in passing, hardly numbers of a winning team.
As is usually the case with a bad offense, the Cardinals have a mess of a quarterback situation. Kevin Kolb was the starter for a while, but then the Cards went with John Skelton. That went miserably so they turned to rookie Ryan Lindley last week and it didn't go well as he was just 9-for-20 for 64 yards. Still, Lindley will be back under center this weekend.
Arizona's offensive struggles are a shame, too, because it is wasting a defense that is seventh in the NFL and fourth against the pass. Daryl Washington is having a fantastic season with eight sacks and 86 tackles, but despite his amazing accomplishments and the strong play of his defensive teammates, it hasn't been enough.
The Rams enter the weekend just 3-6-1 and like the Cardinals, they have been awful of late. Their win over Arizona, which started the Cardinals' skid, was the Rams' last win. Since, they have lost four games, including a 27-13 defeat to the New York Jets last weekend, although they did have an impressive tie with the 49ers to break up their downward slide.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, November 25; 1:25 p.m. PT
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
TV Distribution Map: The 506
Radio: 860 AM