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Cardinals vs. Texans: fascinating matchups

It’s always fun to see Kyler Murray return to Texas...

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Here are just some of the more fascinating matchups ahead of this Sunday’s Cardinals/Texans game:

  1. Battle of GMs —- Monti Ossenfort vs. Nick Casario —- who cut their teeth as personnel staffers under Bill Belichick —- who pulled off this draft day trade bonanza:

2. Battle of Rookie Head Coaches: Jonathan Gannon vs. DeMeco Ryans —- who squared off as DCs last year in the NFC Championship Game — the only defensive-minded head coaches to be hired in 2023.

3. Battle of Quarterbacks: Kyler Murray vs. C.J. Stroud —- a Texas legend versus a potential Texas legend in the making who could join Kyler as a winner of the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

4. Battle on the Edge: Paris Johnson Jr. vs. Will Anderson —- the first tackle taken in the 2023 NFL Draft against the first Edge rusher taken in the draft —- both of whom were acquired via their teams trading up to take them.

5. Bragging rights between two Hoston Cougars: QB Clayton Tune vs. WR Tank Dell —- basically 3,155 yards of Clayton Tune’s 11,994 career passing yards at Houston were from passes thrown to Tank —- plus Tank caught 32 of Tune’s 104 TDs —- interesting too that former Houston All-American QB Case Keenum is a backup for the Texans.

6. Bragging rights between 2022 Cardinals’ assistant coaches: Spencer Whipple (Arizona passing game specialist) and Matt Burke (Arizona defensive line coach turned DC in Houston)—- who squared off against each other in practices last year.

7. Bragging rights game for former Texan DT Roy Lopez vs. former Cardinals CB Tavierre Thomas, T Josh Jones, ED Myjai Sanders, CB Kris Boyd, K Matt Ammendola.

Which of these matchups intrigues you the most?