Time for the Arizona Cardinals to hit the panic button?

Is it time for the Arizona Cardinals to hit the panic button as they face the challenge of trying to salvage their season?

After an embarrassing and demoralizing 38-10 primetime defeat at the hands of a top division opponent, the Arizona Cardinals are officially in a panic as they cannot afford to lose another game. A playoff appearance is still a realistic possibility, but they will likely win the rest of their remaining games just to chase a wildcard.

Currently sitting in third place in the NFC West, it will be difficult for the Cardinals to catch up in the division as they only have one division game left on the schedule which is history with the 49ers again on the final day of the regular season. The question is whether it will be a meaningful game or will the Cardinals be playing for pride at that point?

The Cardinals’ next two games would be played at State Farm, but the home field was of little use as they compiled a 1-4 record at home. Next up for the Cardinals is the Los Angeles Chargers, who have young rising star quarterback Justin Herbert, and this matchup doesn’t bode well for the high school, as the Chargers have the sixth-best passing offense in the league in terms of yardage.

The Arizona Cardinals’ struggles require a panic button

Cardinals kickers struggled to track running back Christian McCaffrey off the field as he compiled 67 yards in the air on seven plays as he was targeted seven times. The Cardinals will be facing another dynamic pass catching threat in RB Austin Ekeler, and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph will have to figure out how to limit the big plays.

according to StatMuse.comEkeler has the most yards in receptions by a running back since 2021 with 1,084 yards. Joseph may have to ask linebacker Isaiah Simmons to confront Eckler and try to limit his production on passing plays.

The Cardinals’ minor leagues were terrible to say the least allowing only three passing yards in the NFL. They only allowed 228 yards in the air against the 49ers, but it was the big plays that killed them.

Brandon Ayuk and George Kittle combined for six total goals, but four of those six went for touchdowns. The Cardinals have been sorely missed by Byron Murphy Jr. who is easily their best cornerback and has missed the last two games with a back injury, but hopefully he will be able to dress them up as they will have their hands full trying to defend their wide receivers. Kenan Allen and Mike Williams.

It remains a mystery whether quarterback Kyler Murray will be able to play against the Chargers as he will be required due to the lack of a legitimate rushing offense. Murray is currently leading the team in rushing yards, not an ideal situation for the Cardinals,

Murray is currently seventh in that category among quarterback peers, and he’s been an asset in these matters considering the lack of production from roster rushers. The Arizona Cardinals’ game plan must be working because it’s time to panic.

There will be a lot riding in this upcoming fixture for players and coaches alike, and changes are bound to happen sooner rather than later. They came into the season with high expectations and fell short in a big way.

The Cardinals expect Murray and Marquis “Hollywood” Brown to wear wide receiver against the Chargers which will do them good because they’ll need all hands on the deck because this is basically a playoff game for them so to speak. If the Cardinals can overcome the upset, they can continue their quest to qualify for the postseason. If they lose this game, we can expect the TV series to start because there will definitely be a lot of changes in the desert.

(stats provided by Pro-Football-Reference and Stat Muse)

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