Both the Cardinals and Chiefs have dropped two straight games, but the losing will come to an for one of these teams in Week 14. Are we picking Arizona or Kansas City with our NFL picks?
Who will win straight up? That's "all" you need to decide in Week 14, when Arizona plays host to Kansas City, as the NFL odds board shows the line at a PK.
A lot is on the line for these two teams, and it certainly adds fuel to the fire that both the Cardinals and Chiefs have not been playing well and will want to atone for their recent shortcomings. It should be a tough-nosed football with these two strong defenses going at it, and the total would tend to back that statement up - the number is currently at 40.5.
Let's not forget this team was at 9-1 just a couple weeks ago. The Cardinals have since lost two in a row (road games in Seattle and then Atlanta), but they've still been a force to be reckoned with for the most part.
Arizona has hit a wall these past two weeks though, mustering up only three points in a loss to the Seahawks before losing 29-18 to the Falcons in Week 13.
It was not the finest day at the office from the Cardinals defense, as they allowed Matt Ryan and friends to rack up 500 total yards of offense. Arizona could only put up 329 total yards, with Drew Stanton and the passing game accounting for 294 yards of that total. It didn't help whatsoever that Andre Ellington left early with an injury - the Cardinals running attack finished with a measly 35 yards.
Being so one-dimensional is typically going to put you at a major disadvantage, so there are definitely worries for this Arizona team heading into this weekend. Ellington's health is going to be crucial, as Stanton will need all the help he can get out there.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have also lost two in a row, falling in Oakland on Thursday Night Football in Week 12 before coming up short at home against Denver this past weekend.
Kansas City just wasn't able to stop Peyton Manning, C.J. Anderson and the Denver offense from piling up yards and first downs, and on the other side of the ball, the Chiefs were completely shut down. In all, they had a miserable 151 total yards of offense.
After getting thoroughly outplayed in front of their own fans, the Chiefs will certainly want to bounce back with a better effort, but they're tasked with another difficult matchup in Week 14. The Cardinals are also going to be hungry to redeem themselves.
Jamaal Charles will be counted on to get the Kansas City offense going, but Alex Smith is going to have to make some plays too to keep the defense honest. A playoff spot is still very much up for grabs for these Chiefs -- will they take a massive step towards reaching the postseason with what would be a highly impressive road win this Sunday?
The Cardinals are a perfect 6-0 at home this season, having beaten Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis and Washington. It's not like they've been beating up on bad teams to pad their record.
That's a big reason why we think there's a ton of value on Arizona's side in Week 14. They've already beaten some great competition on their own field and will want to redeem themselves, especially defensively, after a bad showing against Atlanta last weekend. Matchup wise, this sets up nicely for the Cardinals too, as they've been excellent against the run, which bodes well with Charles coming to town. Kansas City's passing game hasn't been scaring anyone this season.
Of course, we don't expect it to be a walk in park by any means, as Kansas City should make a game of it. However, for our NFL pick, if we're strictly choosing a straight up winner, we have to roll with the undefeated home team in this situation.
Free NFL Pick: Arizona Cardinals PK at 5Dimes