Cam Newton has enjoyed a sub-par debut season with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick’s boys are 3rd in the AFC East franchise heading into Week 12. They host an in-form Arizona Cardinals outfit at the Gillette Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend.
Kyler Murray and Co. suffered a narrow loss to their NFC West rivals Seattle Seahawks last weekend. Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury will want his boys to put in a strong display on the road. The Cardinals are in dire need of a win in order to push for a divisional championship.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 12 Game Day predictions.
The Patriots have underperformed in 2020 due to a whole host of reasons. However, coach Belichick is not going to be okay with this spell of inconsistent displays despite playing with an inexperienced squad.
Quarterback Cam Newton is playing for his job as of this moment. The Patriots have only signed him on a 1-year deal and may or may not want to continue their relationship with the former Auburn Tigers man come 2021.
In a rare occurring, the Patriots will start as underdogs on Sunday in their Thanksgiving weekend clash against the Cardinals. The Pats are without RB Rex Burkhead for this encounter. In addition to that, Bill Belichick is also sweating on the fitness of stars Stephon Gilmore, Ryan Izzo and N’Keal Harry.
Arizona Cardinals are 3rd in the NFC West Division table behind the Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. Kyler Murray was in the mix for the NFL MVP conversation for some eye-catching displays in recent weeks. However, last week’s narrow loss to the Cardinals came as a much-needed wake-up call.
Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is expected to feature for the Cardinals, despite dealing with an injury niggle. The Cardinals defense led by Jordan Hicks, Isaiah Simmons and Budda Baker will all be crucial in Sunday’s clash against the Patriots. They will need to keep the deadly duo of Cam Newton and Julian Edelman quiet.
RB Rex Burkhead – Knee
OT Isaiah Wynn – Knee
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley – Groin
DL Tashawn Bower – Illness
DL Adam Butler – Shoulder
K Nick Folk – Back
DL Byron Cowart – Back
DL Carl Davis – Concussion
DB Kyle Dugger – Toe
CB Stephon Gilmore – Hand
WR N’Keal Harry – Shoulder
TE Ryan Izzo – Hamstring/ Hand
G Shaq Mason – Calf
WR Matthew Slater – Knee
RB J.J. Taylor – Quad
TE Darrell Daniels – Ankle
DL Josh Mauro – Hamstring
S Jalen Thompson – Ankle
OL Justin Murray – Hand
S Charles Washington – Groin
Despite last week’s dismal result, the Cardinals will still be the favourites this Thanksgiving weekend. Coach Kingsbury has managed to transform his young squad into a ruthless attacking force.
The signing of D-Hop is undoubtedly the biggest ‘daylight robbery’ in NFL history. A win against the New England Patriots this weekend will take the Cardinals once step closer towards sealing a spot in this year’s Playoffs.