Before their 33-0 loss in London, fans were feeling hopeful after the team traded for Adrian Peterson Jersey and his strong performance led to a win over the Buccaneers in Week 6. For a moment, the Cardinals looked like they might return to form as legitimate Super Bowl contenders. That all seems like a distant memory now.
Not only was the team shutout at the hands of their division rivals, the Los Angeles Rams, but quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm during the loss, potentially ending his season. Adding insult to injury, reports surfaced yesterday that head coach Bruce Arians was planning to leave the team at the end of the year (Arians refuted the rumor on Twitter.)
“We look forward to him joining the conversation,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Wednesday.
Coming off a season-low 6.5-point fantasy outing against the Carolina Panthers, Howard is a buy-low candidate for owners looking to upgrade at running back. Since Mitchell Trubisky took over under center in Chicago in Week 5, Howard’s workload has been massive. The second-year running back is averaging 25 carries and over 100 rush yards per game in that span. Howard’s 76 rush attempts over the last three weeks are second in the NFL only to Le’Veon Bell (82). The Bears are the most run-heavy team in the league with the rookie quarterback finding his way under John Fox, and Howard owns 78 percent of his team’s rush attempts and 63 percent of the Bears offensive touches with Trubisky as the starter.
You would think opposing defenses would have caught on by now, and just stack the box full of defenders to limit Howard’s production. In fact, that is the case, but it hasn’t seemed to matter. Per Next Gen Stats, Howard faced eight-plus defenders in the box on 38.1 percent of his carries with Mike Glennon as Chicago’s quarterback.