NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Arizona 14 7 3 9 33
Chicago 0 7 7 8 22
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , December 5, 2021
Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois  Weather: 35°, Cloudy  Attendance: 60,803

With NFL-best record, Cardinals roll into matchup with Bears

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Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears

  1. The road team has won each of the last five meetings between these teams dating back to Chicago's 20-point comeback on Monday Night Football in Arizona in Week 6, 2006. They last met at Soldier Field in Week 2, 2015, with Arizona winning 48-23.
  2. The Cardinals are coming off their bye week, preceded by a 23-13 win in Seattle in Week 11. They had 21 passing first downs in that game, their most since getting 21 against the Giants in Week 12, 2008, a 37-29 loss. That season resulted in Arizona's lone Super Bowl appearance.
  3. Colt McCoy threw for 328 yards against the Seahawks, third most in his career and most since his career-high 392 against the Colts in Week 13, 2014 when he was playing for Washington. He had 350 yards against Tennessee in Week 4, 2011 as a member of the Browns.
  4. The Bears snapped a five-game losing streak with a 16-14 win in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. Chicago is 4-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 24 points and 0-6 when allowing at least 24.
  5. In Weeks 11 and 12, Andy Dalton completed just 56.5 percent of his passes but averaged 8.35 yards per attempt. In Weeks 1 and 2, he completed 73.5 percent of his passes, but averaged just 5.35 yards per attempt. His only other action this season came in Week 5 (1-for-1).
  6. The Cardinals have scored a touchdown on 31.4 percent of their drives this season -- only the Buccaneers (33.6) have been better. Chicago has a touchdown on just 15.3 percent of its drives; only the Giants (15.0) and Texans (14.4) have been worse.
Team Comparison

Arizona
 
Chicago
28.2 Points 16.3
275.4 Pass Yds 195.4
123.0 Rush Yds 126.3
19 Takeaways 11

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals come in with the best record in the NFL, a perfect mark away from home, and maybe some fresher legs following a bye.

No matter who they have suiting up or where they're playing, they continue to rack up wins. The NFC West-leading Cardinals will try to keep it going when they visit the struggling Chicago Bears on Sunday.

"I think the guys are very focused," quarterback Kyler Murray said. "Focused on finishing this thing out the way we would like to, going into, hopefully, making a playoff appearance."

The Cardinals (9-2) won two of three games prior to their bye - beating San Francisco and Seattle on the road with a loss to Carolina at home in between - even though Murray (ankle) and three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) missed all three games. Both players returned to practice on Wednesday, but they are the biggest question marks for a team that simply keeps on winning.

Arizona is 6-0 on the road, with all six wins by 10 points or more. The Cardinals are the third NFL team to accomplish that feat along, with the 1968 Cowboys and 1936 Bears.

Chicago (4-7) lost five in a row before Cairo Santos kicked a game-ending field goal at winless Detroit on Thanksgiving. That capped a week in which coach Matt Nagy was answering questions about his job status.

Andy Dalton threw for a Bears season-high 317 yards against Detroit in his first start since Week 2 with Justin Fields sidelined because of cracked ribs. Fields returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he was hurt in the loss to Baltimore on Nov. 21. The rookie remains Chicago's No. 1 quarterback, but it wasn't clear if he or Dalton will start against the Cardinals.

"We got the win," Nagy said. "And now the next focus is on Arizona. This is a really, really good football team that we've gotta be completely locked in. It's a reset now to go 1-0 and you never know how things go for the rest of the season. .. We have a big challenge here and our guys, they're competitive."

KYLER LEARNS

Murray said missing games for the first time in his NFL career has been tough, but there have been some benefits. He said watching from the sideline as backup quarterback Colt McCoy led the Cardinals over the past three games allowed him to see things up close from a different perspective.

"I think when you're back there playing quarterback there's a lot of moving parts, things are moving faster than they may seem," Murray said. "And then watching it from the sideline, everything slows down, and you see it for what it is. I definitely think I took something away from it."

LATE POINTS

The Bears haven't been scoring often, but they have been scoring late in recent games.

Santos' field goal against Detroit ended an 18-play drive that ate up 8 1/2 minutes. And unlike the previous two games, there was no time for Chicago to relinquish the lead. The Bears drove for late go-ahead touchdowns in losses to Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Chicago is averaging just 16.3 points and ranks 29th in the NFL in scoring.

GREAT DEFENSE

Arizona's defense has been one of the league's best through 12 weeks, allowing 18.4 points per game. It's quite a turnaround for a group that was ranked among the NFL's worst in 2019. The Cardinals improved significantly in 2020 and then took another jump this season.

Vance Joseph has been the defensive coordinator all three seasons. He's mixed a few holdovers - safety Budda Baker and edge rusher Chandler Jones - with some promising young players such as linebacker Isaiah Simmons, safety Jalen Thompson and cornerback Marco Wilson. They've combined to form a well-balanced unit that's particularly good against the pass but also solid against the run.

QUINN'S PRODUCTION

Bears linebacker Robert Quinn got some recognition for his bounce-back season.

The veteran was chosen NFC Defensive Player of the Month after making 5 1/2 sacks in three games. That included a career-high 3 1/2 against Baltimore.

Quinn is tied for fourth in the NFL with 11 sacks after finishing with just two last season - his first in Chicago.

"This year, I've been trying not to let the unnecessary weight or negativity weigh me down, keep it off my plate," he said. "This year, I've just been able to have fun, been able to bond with the guys more, turn it into a brotherhood. So I think just that alone allows me to play more comfortable and fast and make plays."

MOONEY'S MOMENT

Bears receiver Darnell Mooney continues to emerge as a top target, with back-to-back 100-yard games. A fifth-round draft pick from Tulane in 2020, he had 123 yards against Detroit after going for 121 against Baltimore. That gave him three games this season with more than 120 yards. Mooney leads the Bears in receptions (46), yards receiving (694) and touchdown catches (three).

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Updated December 2, 2021

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