The Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans play one another at 4:25 Eastern time at LP Field in Nashville. Arizona is 8-5 and is trying to keep pace in the NFC wild card picture. The Titans are 5-8 and have very, very faint playoff hopes. They have lost four of their last five games.
Let's take a look at some of the stats, history and connections between the two teams.
Arizona boasts the NFL's fifth best defense overall and the league's third best rushing defense. Offensively, they are 18th overall and have scored 34 touchdowns.
Tennessee is no slouch defensively, as they are 14th overall and 11th against the pass. The pass rush is led by Jurrell Casey and his nine sacks. They have sacked opposing quarterbacks 31 times. They have intercepted 10 passes on the season, led by Alterraun Verner's five.
Offensively, running back Chris Johnson has rushed for 820 yards on a paltry 3.8 yards per carry. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has completed over 61 percent of his passes and thrown nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. The team's leading receiver is Kendall Wright, who has 73 receptions for 857 yards. Tight end Delanie Walker leads in touchdown catches with five.
Sunday's game will be the 10th time the two teams have played, including when the Titans were the Houston Oilers. Arizona leads the series 5-4. The last time the two teams played was in 2009, when Vince Young threw a fourth down touchdown pass as time expired for a 20-17 win over the Cards. Matt Leinart started the game for Arizona in place of Kurt Warner, who had suffered a concussion.
Arizona last beat Tennessee in 2005 in Arizona.
Arizona has also played the Titans twice in the preseason -- in 2010 and 2012.
Each team has one player that once played for the other team. Arizona has long snapper Mike Leach, who entered the league with the Titans as an undrafted rookie in 2000. He was there from 200-2001.
Tennessee has quarterback John Skelton, who was drafted by Arizona in the fifth round in 2010. He started 17 games between 2010 and 2012. He was released by the team this past offseason, and he signed with the Titans a few weeks ago.
QB Carson Palmer completed 32 of 38 pass attempts for 283 yards and 3 TDs for the Bengals in a 11/25/07 win over Tennessee. His 84.2 completion percentage represented a career high for a single game until last week, when he established a new career mark with an 84.4 completion percentage against the Rams.
In his last trip to Nashville (2009), DT Darnell Dockett set a career high with 3.0 sacks of Titans QB Vince Young.
Dockett matched that mark in Week 3 earlier this season with 3.0 sacks of Saints QB Drew Brees. (Dockett also
recorded 3.0 sacks in Super Bowl XLIII vs. Pittsburgh).
Tennessee's Fitzpatrick and Arizona's Palmer were teammates in Cincinnati. Fitzpatrick was Palmer's backup in 2007 and 2008.
Arizona nose tackle Dan Williams will play in Tennessee, his home state, as a pro for the first time. A native of Memphis, Williams attended Memphis East High School where he helped the Mustangs reach the state playoffs
in each of his final two seasons before going on to play at the University of Tennessee from 2005-09, where he earned AP first-team All-SEC honors as a senior. Earlier this season Williams suffered the tragic loss of his
father, Thomas Williams, in a car accident in Jackson, MS while he was on his way from Memphis to New Orleans to watch Dan play. Williams' mother and sister were also in the car and were injured in the accident.
Arizona and Tennessee have six common opponents on the season. The Cards are 4-3 in those games, while the Titans are 1-6.
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