Sunday, October 2, 2011
Tuck, Umenyiora and Cardinals' chances
By Mike Sando
News that Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora made the trip to Arizona with the New York Giants counts as an unwelcome revelation for the Cardinals.
The Giants are expected to have both top pass-rushers available in the same week for the first time this season.
While the Cardinals have been generally pleased with their play at offensive tackle this season, this matchup favors the Giants. Arizona might be wise to use the no-huddle offense to test both Giants pass-rushers' conditioning. Both have missed extensive practice time. Umenyiora hasn't played since undergoing knee surgery Aug. 19.
The accompanying video offers a short Giants-Cardinals preview noting that Eli Manning's 20-4 record in October ranks among the NFL's best in the past 60-plus seasons.
This just feels like a tough matchup for the Cardinals, but they're not alone among NFC West teams Sunday.