And just like that, the Arizona Cardinals are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the NFL. They have won five of their last six games, after getting off to a 1-6 start to the season. Last Sunday they beat the then 10-2 San Francisco 49ers, redeeming their blowout loss to the same team three weeks earlier. At 6-7, Arizona will need a lot of help to enter into the NFC Wild Card discussion. Still, they should be happy with riding their current wave of momentum for as long as it lasts, starting this week against the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns, meanwhile, have lost six of their last seven, including three straight all to divisional foes. All three of those losses featured at least 130 yards allowed to their opponent on the ground, including 290 to the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago. Cleveland has had to foist a ton of pressure onto the shoulders of Colt McCoy and the offense as a result. McCoy has been sacked 32 times this season, tied for fourth-most in the league.
Arizona managed to win last week, despite Kevin Kolb leaving after the team's third play of the game. John Skelton stepped up to complete 68 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and two interceptions. The performance was pure redemption. Three weeks prior, Skelton started against the Niners and went just 6-for-19 passing for three interceptions and no touchdowns. The playoffs are likely out of the picture, but like Skelton, the Cardinals have an opportunity to save face with the season coming to a close.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, December 18; 4:15 p.m. ET
Location: U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Browns: WMMS 100.7 FM, WTAM 1100 AM
Cardinals: KTAR 620AM