Texans vs Cardinals: Madden simulation predicts an Arizona shutout win

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

This would be the finest performance of the year -- virtual or real.

The Arizona Cardinals turn the tables on the Texans and shut out a hungry team to open up the second half of the season. This matchup is a smash mouth day where two top defenses fought to the end keeping scores hard to come by, but ultimately the Texans offense was unable to get going with the lack of the ground game and Texans QB Case Keenum having a tough day against the Cardinals secondary.

With a 21-0 victory it simply is too incredible to believe, especially since the fourth quarter touchdown is capped off by a 2-point conversion, which would essentially be salting the wound with 3:15 left in the game. But let's see the breakdowns anyway so we can see how well the Cardinals had prepared for the Texans

Top Performers:

Cardinals:

QB: Carson Palmer 21/32 (65%) 252 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, 110.4 Rating

WR: Larry Fitzgerald 8 rec, 94 yards, 1 TD, 11.7 avg

RB: Rashard Mendenhall 15 att, 50 yards, 3.3 avg

D/ST: Daryl Washington 7 solo tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

Texans:

QB: Case Keenum 8/27 (29%) 67 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 39.6 Rating

WR: Andre Johnson 4 rec, 41 yards, 10.2 avg

RB: Dennis Johnson 7 att, 17 yards, 2.4 avg

D/ST: Kareem Jackson 9 solo tackles,

Box Score || 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 || Final

Texans || 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 || 0

Cardinals || 7 | 6 | 0 | 8 || 21

Texans Cardinals

Total Off. 112 314

Rushing 45 62

Passing 67 252

First 6 14

PR 7 37

KR 47 0

3rd Conv% 1-11(9%) 2-10(20%)

4th Conv% 0-1(0%) 0-0(0%)

2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 1-1(100%)

Red Zone 0-0(0%) 1-2(50%)

Not listed above is Mendenhall also had 5 receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown for his best game of the year. If the Cardinals perform half as well I'm sure everyone here at ROTB would be ecstatic. Let's just hope that Madden gets it right this time.

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