For the Arizona Cardinals, coming out of the bye week at 5-2 was really something no one expected after the loss to the Carolina Panthers.
It’s not that they had unbeatable opponents standing in their way after falling to 2-2 on the season, but the idea of going across country to the New York Jets, getting the Dallas Cowboys on the road on Monday Night Football, then having to host the best offense in the NFL in the Seattle Seahawks seemed daunting.
Yet, they not only pulled it off, they vaulted to the top offense (based on yards) in the NFL.
Now they get an incredibly unique opponent in the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins sit at 4-3 and that isn’t even the biggest surprise.
Despite helping the Dolphins to a 3-3 record, including a five game stretch where they averaged nearly 30 points per game and over 370 yards of total offense, the Dolphins made a quarterback change and went to Tua Tagovailoa.
The Dolphins first game with Tua was a beatdown of the Los Angeles Rams, except not the type you would expect with a 28-17 score.
They were outgained 471-145 by the Rams. Yes, they were outgained by 326 yards in the game, and still won by two scores.
Tua had a bad day, finishing 12-22 for 93 yards and a touchdown, while also losing a fumble.
Yet, he allowed the Dolphins to create turnovers, make plays on special teams and really just manage the game. Something he did effectively in their win.
Now, the Cardinals need to figure out how to get yardage against maybe the best cornerback duo in the NFL in Xavien Howard and Byrone Jones.
The Cardinals will need the best of DeAndre Hopkins, but they’ll also need Chase Edmonds to have a big day.
It’ll be a different game than the Cardinals have played this season, but it is a good team who has won in different ways. It’s also a chance to show the Cardinals have improved coming out of bye weeks under Kliff Kingsbury. Something they only have one of so far, but it was a disaster.
Let’s hope for a big Arizona Cardinals win on Sunday.