Through eight weeks the Arizona Cardinals

sit with the fifth
pick in the 2019 NFL Draft ,
due to their 2-6 record.On pace for only four wins, when you break down the
second half schedule you see a glimmer of hope, but also the horrors of an
offensive assault looming from their opponents.That’s the question, with the
schedule looking the way it does, how do you see the Arizona Cardinals back half
of the season playing out?Let’s take a look.Week 10 - @ Kansas City Chiefs
(7-1)The best offense in the NFL will offer a test to see where Steve Wilks
defense is on their journey to being competitive.Chiefs 31 Cardinals 17Week 11 -
vs Oakland Raiders (1-6)Can the Cardinals out tank the Raiders?The difference?I
don’t think the Cardinals are trying to tank, they just are not very good.The
Raiders want to lose.Cardinals 27 Raiders 18Week 12 - @ Los Angeles Chargers
(5-2)This is the one I am circling as the potential Arizona Cardinals stealing a
win.The Chargers are a good team, but they don’t always play up to their
potential.I still think LA wins ,
but I am not just giving it to them.Chargers 24 Cardinals 20Week 13 - @ Green
Bay Packers (3-3-1)If Aaron Rodgers is walking, I am not betting on the
Cardinals.Packers 28 Cardinals 19Week 14 - vs Detroit Lions (3-4)The second and
final win I am predicting on the season, spoiler alert.Cardinals 26 Lions 21Week
15 - @ Atlanta Falcons (3-4)This is the other game I am closely watching.If it
was in Arizona, I predict a win, but the Falcons have been bad defensively due
to a lot of injuries.Falcons 29 Cardinals 21Week 16 - vs Los Angeles RamsYeah,
maybe they have the NFC locked up, so they rest Jared Goff and Todd Gurley...
Maybe.Rams 37 Cardinals 20Week 17 - @ Seattle SeahawksThis is another tough
one ,
but a new regime, can they carryover some of the Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer
magic?Seahawks 23 Cardinals 21Film Breakdown: David Johnson’s 21-yard touchdown
against the Bears In the first half of their Week 3 game against the Chicago
Bears, Arizona Cardinal fans were given a showcase of what competent
play-calling and quarterback play can look like. Before crashing down and losing
their 14-0 lead, the team rejoiced after the Cardinals’ greatest weapon, David
Johnson, got his first receiving touchdown of the year.Here’s a breakdown of the
touchdown.This is a scissors concept in a Shotgun Doubles formation from the
Cardinals. Sam Bradford motions Larry Fitzgerald into the offensive line in
order to chip away at the pass rush before running a drag route into the middle
of the field. The two outside receivers run deep post routes. Jermaine Gresham
is lined up as a tight end on the right side of the offensive line and runs a
flat route. Johnson runs a corner route from the backfield.The Bears are playing
Cover 1. It’s man-to-man coverage with a single high safety and linebacker
Roquan Smith playing a soft zone in the middle of the field, working off
Bradford’s eyes. Following the snap ,
Johnson looks to be running a flat route, taking his coverage linebacker, Danny
Trevathan a bit far too outside. When Trevathan sees Johnson run vertically he
attempts to recover but he’s already out of position. Sensing he’s been beat,
Trevathan holds onto DJ in order to slow him down. Johnson runs to the corner in
order to keep his matchup 1-on-1 with the linebacker and away from the deep
safety. The man coverage keeps everyone occupied with their own receivers and
far away enough from Johnson where he can work in open space. Any players that
can aid Trevathan after he’s been beat are preoccupied. Smith, who backpedals
after the snap, would be moving onto Fitzgerald’s drag route. Safety Eddie
Jackson is dealing with the deep post routes coming at him in the end zone.It
was encouraging to see the two largest factors working against the Cardinals
offense, Bradford and McCoy ,
break out of their regular tendencies for this play to happen. Bradford ignores
his open checkdowns, both Fitzgerald and Gresham are open but he opts for the
primary receiver Johnson. And McCoy who hasn’t called many, if any routes for
his running backs, allowed DJ to finally to run deep. Unfortunately, McCoy and
Bradford’s success was short lived as we saw in the second half. With the
Bradford era over in Arizona, we’ll have to wait and see how the play-calling
adapts to Josh Rosen’s strengths.
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