The Cardinals have a tough task ahead. As everyone knows, Arizona will be missing Chandler Jones, Rodney Hudson, Zach Allen, HC Kliff Kingsbury and QB Coach Cam Turner. But the Browns aren’t without their fair share of obstacles to overcome either. RB Nick Chubb was ruled out a couple days ago. Luckily for them they have a stud right behind him in Kareem Hunt. But now LT Jedrick Wills and RT Jack Conklin have also been ruled out. And according to the Browns official depth chart, rookie James Hudson is the backup LT and there’s no backup listed at RT. So Cleveland will likely have to play some guys out of position on the OL today. Expect interim HC Vance Joseph to dial up lots of pressure on the defensive side to take advantage.
Being without our Head Coach and playcaller seemingly gives AZ an immediate disadvantage. But on the flip side, someone else calling plays could make the offense a bit unpredictable today. With Kugler being the run game coordinator, we may see an uptick in runs, but who knows. Assistant WR coach Spencer Whipple will also be helping Kugler call plays.
The Browns are 1st in the NFL in rushing with 187 yards per game and the Cardinals are 8th with 128/game. Stopping the run will be key for both teams but in the end, whoever can protect their young QB the best, may be the team who wins. Give us your keys to today’s game @Cardinals_ATB on Twitter.