Josh Rosen Struggles Again In Week 10

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2018

Although the Arizona Cardinals went down to their seventh defeat of the season, there were positive aspects to their 26-14 loss at Kansas City.

With second year quarterback Patrick Mahomes playing like a veteran while utilizing numerous unsafe offensive weapons around him, it's hard to imagine the banged up and struggling Cardinals defense will keep them at bay.

It might have been about as good as the Cardinals could have expected on the road against the Chiefs, who improved to 9-1.

It didn't help that the Cardinals melted down on that first possession, blowing two coverages and allowing 37- and 38-yard passes for a less-than-a-minute-into-the-game touchdown. A 4-yard catch with 1:11 left in the third moved Fitzgerald within 11 to pass Owens. And the Chiefs' special teams were almost ideal, helping to keep the Cardinals (2-7) winless in six meetings at Arrowhead Stadium.

Perhaps it's no surprise the Chiefs defense played the best it has all season. Thanks to the efforts of veteran players like Patrick Peterson on defense and WR Larry Fitzgerald on offense the team has been keeping most games close. Our opening drives were pretty long and sustainable, and kept our defense off the field.

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And while Fitzgerald is nearly certain to fall short of the numbers he is accustomed to producing, he is nevertheless providing another year of invaluable service: He's the steady, capable and wise veteran in the ear of Josh Rosen, who is expected to lead the Cardinals for years to come. But this is also the first time in more than a month that we've seen the Chiefs' pass rush at full strength, and they did what a good pass rush would do. Mahomes was one away from setting the National Football League record of consecutive 300-yard games.

This time, after leaping into the stands once again, the wideout took over a CBS camera in use at the game and started recording his teammates in real-time.

The Cardinals stuck with Johnson in the second half, and they slowly grinded their way toward another touchdown. He carried it six times and finished a 12-play, 61-yard drive with a TD plunge to get Arizona within 20-14 midway through the third quarter. No matter where the Cardinals call home the Chiefs seem to have success against them. All credit goes to Kansas City.

Cardinals: WR Chad Williams (ankle), LG Mike Iupati (back) and DL Robert Nkemdichi (calf) were inactive. RG Justin Pugh left early in the second half with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Watkins was listed as inactive this week, and the Chiefs' offense sorely missed his presence. Houston (hamstring) was active for the first time since October 7.

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