On Sunday the Cardinals got back to their winning ways when the Kansas City Chief''s came to University of Phoenix Stadium. Like just about every other win the Cardinals found themselves in a battle and as usual the defense bailed then out. The Cardinals won 17-14. Even though the cardinals are now 10-3 and have the best record in the NFC the win saved the season for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals lead the NFC West by one game over the Seattle Seahawks. With just three games remaining every games is very important because they play all three of their conference foes starting Thursday with the St. Louis Rams. All three games are going to be tough and had they lost to the Chiefs and all of the remaining games they would have finished 9-7 and likely miss the playoffs.
The Cardinals were able to beat the Chiefs because of a few guys were able to keep up the team motto of "next man up". With an injury to Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams number was called and he responded well. He did something that a Cardinal running back hasn't done in a long time rush for 100 yards. He did so on 19 carries. QB Drew Stanton also had a decent game. Even though he missed several throws he still threw for 230 yards and a touchdown. He also did not throw an interception either. Larry Fitzgerald returned from injury and even though he only caught 4 balls for 34 yards his presence on the field was enough to make Stanton feel comfortable.
The Cardinals face another tough test when they play the Rams on a short week. With a win they more than likely guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. But Bruce Arians and the Cardinals want more than just a playoff spot. They want to win the NFC West and get a first round bye with home field advantage though out the playoffs. Arians message to the team all season has been "don't let another team dress in your locker room in February".