Arizona Cardinals hope to keep playoff chances alive as they take on Tennessee Titans

PHOENIX - (8-5) Arizona Cardinals at (5-8) Tennessee Titans

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - LP Field, Nashville, TN

With the Cardinals defense playing so well lately, and quarterback Carson Palmer throwing with a whole lot more accuracy, the Arizona Cardinals are looking to move one step closer to a wild-card playoff spot when they face the Tennessee Titans Sunday in Nashville.

The Cards are also looking for their sixth win in the last seven games as they square off against the struggling Titans. Palmer is coming off a week in which he was sidelined during practice, but managed to complete 27 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown against the Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. In the last four weeks, Palmer has completed a league-high 70.4 percent of his passes with 8 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

The Cardinals are still one game behind the 49ers and Panthers in the wild-card chase, and the Niners hold the tie-breaker due to a better divisional record. However, the Cardinals have the edge over the Panthers after their win over Carolina in week five.

Cardinal's receiver, Larry Fitzgerald has 10 touchdown receptions so far this season, becoming the ninth player in NFL history with five seasons of double-digit touchdown catches.

Meanwhile, the Titans are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot, but they've lost four out of their last five since Jake Locker went down with a foot injury.

Titans quarterback and former Valley High School star, Ryan Fitzpatrick has completed 55.7 percent of his passes in the last two games with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Rookie Justin Hunter is the Titans top receiver this season with two 100-yard receiving games in his last three starts.

Running back Chris Johnson continues to struggle, averaging a career-low 3.8 yards per carry and against the Cardinals defense, who have the league's third-best run defense at 84.5 yards allowed per game, it's not likely he'll gain much in that category this week.

Keep in mind, the Cardinals lost second-leading tackler Tyrann Mathieu to a torn ACL last week, so the defense will be searching for an identity without him.

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