The Miami Dolphins face the NFL's most surprising undefeated team in Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The game begins at 4:05 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or you may watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
The Cardinals have now shutdown two top offenses in consecutive weeks, downing the Philadelphia Eagles 27-6 last Sunday. Arizona thwarted the Eagles in the first half and James Sanders returned a fumble 93 yards for a touchdown
Ranking ninth in total defense, Arizona is tied for second in the league with 12 sacks and have given up only seven plays of 20-plus yards.
Quarterback Kevin Kolb’s won his second consecutive start, with 222 yards passing and two touchdowns, and second-year running back Ryan Williams had 83 yards on 13 carries.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald made nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown, in his first 100-yard receiving game of the season.
One drawback that could have cost the Cardinals was three fumbles that they were able to recover. Still, when facing the hard-running Dolphins, Arizona will have to take better care of the ball.
Miami is currently fourth in the league averaging 175.7 rushing yards a game and nearly grabbed their first AFC East victory of the season, but lost 23-20 in overtime to the New York Jets on a missed 60-yard field goal by kicker Dan Carpenter in overtime.
The Dolphins leading rusher in Reggie Bush sat out the second half due to a knee injury but was on pace for another stellar game, gaining 61 yards on 10 carries. Reserve back Daniel Thomas picked up the slack and garnered 69 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Miami held a 17-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but lost it after a 20-yard field goal by Jets kicker Nick Folk and quarterback Mark Sanchez connected with receiver Jeremy Kerley for a seven-yard touchdown pass. Carpenter later hit a 41-yard field goal with :16 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill seemed to regress from his Week Two performance against the Raiders, and went 16-for-36 for 196 yards and a pick.
Bush returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to be in pads against the Cardinals. They will need him as Tannehill continues to mature under center.
The Cardinals placed running back Beanie Wells on injured reserve Thursday, and safety Adrian Wilson is listed as questionable.
Betting Odds: Arizona is favored by 4.5 points; Over/Under: 40.5 points
Prediction: Arizona’s defense should carry them against a very limited Dolphins’ offense. Kolb has showed the poise and promise the Cardinals saw in him when they traded for him two seasons ago, and should develop well with Fitzgerald.
Predicted Score: Arizona 20, Miami 14