Itʼs going to be a big, big, BIG night for the Arizona Cardinals as they take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8 on Monday Night Football. Surprisingly though, I am not looking forward to this game. Not at all. And I canʼt quite figure out why not.
Perhaps itʼs the Cardinals 3-game losing streak. Which has completely destroyed my Cardinals sports talk radio happy place for what seems like forever (a guaranteed pass for heightened attitude, in my opinion).
Or perhaps itʼs the significant positional injuries that have taken an undefeated team to the brink of disaster in less than a month.
Heck, even their kicker is a mess. Or maybe itʼs the Cardinals 28.5 win percentage (6 wins in 21 games) on Monday Night Football dating back to 1970, with their last win a 29-24 victory over the Niners on November 10, 2008.
Oh wait. Now I know what it is… itʼs the San Francisco 49ers. Arch divisional rivals, reigning NFC Champions, and current leaders of the NFC West. I donʼt know about you, but I canʼt stand the Niners. In fact, I think itʼs safe to say I hate them. And Iʼm totally comfortable with that assessment. Fans arenʼt supposed to like divisional rivals, like always these games tend to be more stressful, more intense, and more electric. But Mondayʼs match-up is more than a divisional game; itʼs Monday Night Football, and the sixth time that the Cardinals and Niners have faced off on ESPN. Fans across the world will be watching. And waiting to see what the Cardinals are made of and what team is going to show up. Will it be another nail-biter? An epic meltdown? How about a much-needed blow-out? I honestly donʼt know what to expect with this team and thatʼs what the problem is. The quarterback issue is messy (again), the running back issue is sketchy, the offensive line is iffy (thatʼs the best I could do), and with 9 out of 17 players listed on the Week 8 injury report as questionable, doubtful or out, who knows whatʼs going to happen.
The one thing I know for sure is that the Arizona Cardinals are ready to go. They are ready to play. And they are ready to win for a share of the division lead. As defensive tackle Darnell Dockett put it, “itʼs going to be one of those backyard fights where your Mom can ʼt get in it, no referees. Itʼll be blow for blow.” Are you ready for some “footbrawl”?
You know what? Iʼve changed my mind. Sounds good to me. I could use a good dose of fandom anger management right now and the Niners are the perfect fit. Ideally these Birdgang scream-fest situations are best suited in University of Phoenix Stadium, however Iʼm sure my neighbors wonʼt mind the noise. Itʼs time to wash off the disgust of the past three losses and do what the Cardinals do best in the Nest and get the win.
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