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Cardinals vs. Chiefs preview: Stats, history, connections and milestones

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Just a collection of information about the upcoming game.

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The Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs play one another today. Let's look at the matchup, including some stats, history, connections and potential milestones.


Kansas City scores 23.1 points per game, good for 15th in the NFL and a little better than the 21.5 Arizona puts up per contest. However, both teams allow only 18.7 points per game. They are tied for fourth in the league in that category.

Kansas City has allowed a league low 21 touchdowns. Arizona is right there with 23 allowed. But the Chiefs are number one in rushing touchdowns. Conversely, they are also number one in rushing  touchdowns allowed -- two.

Their rush defense isn't great, though. They are the worst in yards per carry allowed. They do get to the passers. They have sacked opposing quarterbacks 32 times. Arizona has 26 sacks as a team.

Arizona should be able to get pressure on Alex Smith. He has been sacked 33 times this year.

The Chiefs' defense is polarized. They are number one against the pass, allowing under 197 yards per game. They are 30th in rushing defense, allowing over 136 per contest. Arizona is like that, too. They are number six against the rush (89.3 yards allowed per game) and 27th against the pass (263.3 yards allowed per game).

Arizona is +8 in turnover ratio, while Kansas City is -3.


We have a much more complete version here.

But this is only the 13th time the two teams have met in the regular season. Kansas City dominates the all-time series with an 8-2-1 advantage. The last time the Cardinals beat the Chiefs was 2001.


There are no former Chiefs on the Cardinals roster. There are two former Cardinals on the Chiefs roster.

Fullback Anthony Sherman was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round in 2011. He was traded to the Chiefs last year because Bruce Arians doesn't  use fullbacks. He still is a player for the Chiefs. Cornerback Jamell Fleming was a former Cardinal. He was drafted in the third round in 2012 and cut by Arians at the end of last year's preseason.


Some of these continue to be the same because they haven't happened still.

If Larry Fitzgerald catches a touchdown pass (and he might actually play today), he would be the 10th player in NFL history to have both 90 TD receptions and 12,000 receiving yards in a career.

It would take a huge effort, but Larry Foote needs 15 tackles to reach 100 for the season. It would be the fourth time in his career to reach that number.

Stepfan Taylor, if he catches another touchdown pass, would have four on the season. He would be the first running back to have at least four TD catches since Larry Centers in 1996.

If John Brown catches a touchdown pass, it would be his sixth, which is the third most ever by a rookie. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin hold the record with eight.