This year’s team was built around Johnson, as dangerous as a receiver as he is a runner; he broke his left wrist in the season opener. Maybe he’ll be back by Thanksgiving.
The addition of Adrian Peterson added some much-needed enthusiasm for the offense, but that won’t make up for the loss of Palmer. The quarterback was placed on injured reserve Thursday, which means the earliest he could return would be for the final two games of the schedule.
And that once-proud defense that had been counted on to keep Arizona in games has had its share of troubles. The Cardinals have been outscored 66-14 in the last six quarters.
The worst came last Sunday in London , where Arizona was routed by the Los Angeles Rams 33-0, the first time the Cardinals have been shut out in Arians’ five seasons as coach.
Going into Week 7, before he had to miss the game against his former team, the Titans, with an ankle injury, McCourty was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded overall corner this season. Given he’s 30, it would merely be a short-term move for the Chiefs, but one that would also net another developmental QB project in return. Marcus Peters and McCourty would give the Chiefs one of the league’s best cornerback duos and erase a big weakness.
As much as Andy Reid and the Chiefs’ coaching staff have raved about Mahomes and his arm, Kizer’s skill set is better suited for a Smith successor. Mahomes needs to be on the field somewhere soon, and the Browns might as well take a chance on a fourth QB. It’s clear they have already lost patience with Kizer.
Wentz leads the league in touchdown passes (17), ranks tied for third in vertical touchdown passes (7), fourth in YPA (8.0) and places tied for third in vertical passing yards (971). He should be able to improve upon those totals versus a 49ers defense that ranks 28th in YPA allowed (7.9) and 27th in yards per dropback (7.1) and thus is worth his high salary. — KC Joyner