The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals square off on Sunday. Both teams could really use a win for locker room morale, but both teams could use a loss for draft pick purposes. Take your pick for what you’re rooting for!
I took some time this week to chat with Revenge of the Birds editor Seth Cox. We chatted about why our teams would win and lose on Sunday. My reasons for the 49ers winning and losing are here. Below is what Seth had to say about his Cardinals.
For the first time in weeks, it feels like the Arizona Cardinals have a shot.
No, not only because they are playing a bad San Francisco team, no offense, but because change usually begets a boost for a team.
It likely won’t change much on the overall season, but it will provide a temporary boost that helps get the Arizona Cardinals a win or two.
Two reasons the Cardinals win in Week 8
Mike McCoy is gone
McCoy has been one of the worst coaches in the NFL for the last two years, that’s why he’s been fired three times since the end of the 2016 season. Enter Byron Leftwich, who studied for years as a quarterback, offensive assistant and finally quarterbacks coach under Bruce Arians. Leftwich has a fantastic rapport with Josh Rosen, and he’ll bring back some of the concepts of the Bruce Arians offense, likely the rushing game and using David Johnson in a multitude of ways. He’ll also incorporate some of the concepts that Josh Rosen likes to use from college and even the Mike McCoy offense. The thing that Leftwich has vowed to do is something McCoy hasn’t done in his last two stops and why he has not coached a full season the last two years.
Turnover city for the defense
The Cardinals rode the right arm of C.J. Beathard to a win in the last matchup, and they could do it again. Beathard is a nice backup quarterback, but there’s a reason he’s a backup. The Arizona Cardinals since the preseason have feasted on below average starting quarterbacks. They’ll do it again on Sunday, because they have the talent to beat backups. I don’t know if that’s saying much, but it is something.
Two reasons the Cardinals lose in Week 8
Not enough time
Leftwich has been at the controls for 10 days… it would not surprise if that’s not enough time to get the McCoy stench off. Let’s be completely honest, if Matt Breida doesn’t get hurt in their first matchup, it’s likely the 49ers win that first game. Why? The Arizona Cardinals offense is abysmal. Now, it may not be abysmal, but it may not be enough in sync to fix the problems, overcome the bad offensive line and get on track in just 10 days.
Giving up already
Everyone knows that Patrick Peterson requested a trade this week. What if he’s saying all the right things but not feeling it? What if he’s already looking beyond his time in the desert? If he’s doing it, could other players? That’s what the biggest question the Cardinals will have to answer. They already are the worst rushing defense in the NFL, and if Breida is healthy, the 49ers will have a great chance to gash them in the run game. If the 49ers can take the ball out of Beathard’s hands, it’ll be a win immediately for the 49ers. That could give the Cardinals problems and keep the season going in the wrong direction.