The offense was already reeling from the loss of running back David Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a dislocated wrist. They combined for 23.5 sacks a year ago as the Cardinals joined Seattle as the only teams with two players with double-digit sack totals - Golden finished with 12.5 and Jones with 11.
For Bettcher, specifically, the return to Indianapolis is significant. With the likes of Washington's Luke Falk, USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Louisville's Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen all predicated to go in the first round, it could be a good time to finish with a poor National Football League season record if you are chasing such a player.
Multiple Cardinals have called it a must-win.
"It's good for Westfield", Burton said.
The Cardinals are hit by a major health crisis as wide receiver John Brown, left guard Mike Iupati, and left tackle D.J. Humphries are all out the Sunday's game. Now, with Jermaine Gresham missing practice all week, he's got a chance to be involved. Brissett, formerly of the New England Patriots, saw a bit of playing time in the blowout loss to Los Angeles with the Colts newcomer throwing for 51 yards on two out of three completed passes.
"He's a big guy", offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said. I don't care who gets the yardage, who gets the glory. "He's got a mental toughness about him and just a presence about him that I really like". The Cards are 14-4 against the spread in their last 18 games after allowing over 250 passing yards the week before. It held down a talented Lions defense for three quarters on Sunday before the floodgates opened.
Indianapolis made the right choice in benching Tolzien for Brissett.
"I don't feel great about it but those guys have played a lot of football", Arians said. "At the end of the day, we have to understand that we do have a talented defense. I'm going to make some mistakes and I'll own them". They're not burning the playbook in Week 2 in his absence, but it's very possible that they skip over a few pages with him out.
"It's the flawless time of the year for us", he said. "One of us has got to kick the other one's ass and go back and have - well, we don't drink milk anymore, but we'll have milk and cookies", joked Arians, who added he last spoke with Pagano "right at the end of the last preseason game". "We're going to continue to win games without David being out there". Linebackers Chandler Jones and Markus Golden are one of the NFL's better pass-rush tandems. The team will pay a $123,000 fee up front to get the park ready and then $53,000 in payments annually. "That's how we move forward".