Chiefs vs Cardinals - Preseason Game 1

Posted Aug 6, 2012

Game Week

Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 - 7 p.m. CT Arrowhead stadium

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Kansas City opens the 2012 preseason with a matchup vs. the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday, Aug. 10 with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. The Chiefs are coming off of a 7-9 season and are set to begin Romeo Crennel’s first full season as head coach. He took over for the fi nal three games of the 2011 campaign, leading the Chiefs to a 2-1 record, including a victory over the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers in Week 15 in Crennel’s first game as head coach.

Arizona finished 8-8 last season, rebounding after a 1-6 start to go 7-2 over the fi nal nine games of the season. Friday’s contest will mark their second game in a six-day span after falling 17-10 to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday evening in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

The Chiefs welcome the return of starting QB Matt Cassel, RB Jamaal Charles, TE Tony Moeaki and S Eric Berry, who all missed significant playing time in 2011 due to injuries.

Last season, Kansas City finished 12th in the NFL in scoring defense, 11th in total defense and sixth in pass defense. In the final three games of the year with Crennel serving as both head coach and defensive coordinator, the Chiefs ranked third in the NFL in total yards allowed per game, second in net passing yards allowed per game and second in points allowed per game.

LB Tamba Hali finished second in the AFC with 12.0 sacks last season. He leads the AFC and ranks fourth in the NFL with 26.0 sacks over the past two years. LB Derrick Johnson set a franchise record with 179 tackles last season while rookie LB Justin Houston added 5.5 sacks. S Eric Berry, who played in the Pro Bowl following his 2010 rookie season, was injured on the first drive of the 2011 season and returns to a talented secondary that includes fellow S Kendrick Lewis and CBs Brandon Flowers and Stanford Routt.

For Arizona, WR Larry Fitzgerald became the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving yards, receiving TDs, total TDs and 100-yard performances during the 2011 season. Rookie CB Patrick Peterson became the first player in NFL history to return four punts 80-plus yards for touchdowns. SS Adrian Wilson suffered a torn bicep during last year’s training camp, but still started all 16 games and earned an invitation to his fifth career Pro Bowl.

QBs Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are battling for the starting position after both players saw significant playing time last year. Kolb was the regular starter but battled injuries and opened nine contests. Skelton played in eight games, including starts on seven occasions.

Friday’s contest between the Chiefs and Cardinals marks the 25th time that the franchises have faced off in the preseason. The Chiefs hold a 13-10-1 advantage and the series stands at 7-6-1 in the Chiefs favor during games played in Kansas City.

The teams first met in the preseason in 1968 and continued the series with regular matchups through the 1988 season while the Cardinals franchise was based in St. Louis.

The Cardinals have won the last four preseason games against the Chiefs, including a 27-17 victory in the last matchup on Aug. 16, 2008. Current Chiefs WR Steve Breaston caught a 14-yard go ahead touchdown pass from QB Matt Leinart with 8:23 left in the third quarter of that contest to put Arizona up for good.

play against the Cardinals, including a 4-0-1 mark in games played in Kansas City, dating back to the original meeting on Nov. 22, 1970, which ended in a 6-6 tie at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. The Chiefs are 4-0 in games played at Arrowhead Stadium against the Cardinals.

Kansas City won three contests in a row over the Cardinals from 1974-83 and have won the last three matchups against Arizona by a combined score of 103-33, including a 49-0 shutout at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 1, 2002.

In the most recent regular season matchup between the clubs, the Chiefs defeated the Cardinals 31-13 on Nov. 21, 2010. The Kansas City defense held Arizona out of the end zone until the fi nal play of regulation when the game was out of reach. QB Matt Cassel completed 15 of 24 passes on the afternoon for 193 yards and two TDs while RBs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones combined for 159 rushing yards on 27 carries (5.9 avg.). Jones scored twice in goal-to-go situations.

Arizona last defeated Kansas City by a 24-16 margin at Sun Devil Stadium on Oct. 21, 2001.

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