You guys are just looking for a story," were the words uttered by Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. "We wanna do what we've been doing by preparing well and throwing all that stuff out of the window."
All of "that stuff" that Peterson is referring to is the talk about Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians facing his former team, the Indianapolis Colts.
"Throw all that stuff out of the window," Peterson said. "Him coming from the Colts, him and Chuck having a great relationship. That's all fine and dandy, but at the end of the day, we're just trying to win a ballgame."
It's the first time Arians will face the Colts since leaving the team for the head coaching job in Arizona.
If you don't know the back story, it goes something like this; After going 2-14 in 2011, the Colts improved to 11-5 and returned to the playoffs in 2012. Arians became the team's interim head coach after their head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. As the interim head coach, Arians lead the team to a 9-3 record and was named Coach of the Year. Arians then signed a four-year deal with Arizona in January of 2013.
"The prep will be easy," Arians said about preparing for the Colts. "It's seeing them that will be emotionally involved because it was such an emotional year last year. You'll get through that hopefully in warm-ups."
However, Arians didn't want to face his former team. "I was hoping this would never be on the schedule. Because there are too many emotional ties to what happened last year." He went on to say that he's just happy the game is in Glendale and not in Indianapolis.
Heading into week 12, the Cardinals defense continues to shine. They're second in the NFL at 81.4 rushing yards allowed per game and ninth at 324.9 total yards given up. In their last three games, they've held their opponents to 45 yards on the ground and 267 total yards.
Quarterback Carson Palmer is coming off of his best game of the season where he completed 30 of 42 passes for 419 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Cardinals 27-14 win over Jacksonville.
With a win, it will be the fourth in a row for the Cardinals and they'll improve to 7-4 on the season.