Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Arizona vs San Francisco – Monday Night Football

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The NFL’s Monday night Football game for week 12 will feature the San Francisco 49ers heading over to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in an NFC West matchup. Both teams have been struggling so far this season and they share the basement with 3-7 records. Seattle leads the division at 5-5 and St. Louis is in second at 4-6. So somebody’s going to be left in the cellar all on their own after this clash.

But even though they’ve got two of the league’s worst records, they’re still in the playoff hunt. Arizona’s record comes as a surprise to many as they win the division the past two seasons.

San Francisco hasn’t made the playoffs since back in 2002 though and they started the season with five straight losses and were beaten by Tampa Bay 21-0 last weekend. It was the first time they’ve been shutout in a home game since 1977.

Arizona also lost last weekend as they were beaten 31-13 by Kansas City, with the Cardinals scoring their lone touchdown on the last play of the contest. Coach Ken Whisenhunt stated the team’s confidence is pretty low at the moment, especially with five losses in a row. He also knows there isn’t much time left in the season to turn things around.

Quarterback Troy Smith will start his fourth consecutive game for the 49ers as he’s taking over for a healthy Alex Smith. San Francisco beat the Cardinals both times in 2009 and is hoping to make it three wins in a row over them for the first time since back in 2003-04.

Arizona’s in the middle of its worst losing streak since they lost eight in a row back in 2006. That streak saw coach Dennis Green lose his job. If they finish the season below .500, it’ll be the first time since Whisenhunt took over.

The Cardinals’ Derek Anderson, who has eight interceptions and seven touchdown passes, said the team has to dig deep and just work its way out of their slump.

The injury list for San Francisco looks like this: Joe Staley won’t play, while William James, Joe Nedney, and Dashon Goldson are all up in the air. However, Nate Clements, Vernon Davis, Anthony Davis, Frank Gore, and Josh Morgan are all listed as probable.

For Arizona, Steve Breaston, Calais Campbell, Clark Haggans, Rod Stephens-Howling, Gregory Toler, Dan Williams, Michael Adams, Darnell Dockett, Early Doucet, Kerry Rhodes, and Reggie Walker are all questionable.

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