The Arizona Cardinals struggled mightily on offense in their first two games of the season, and things don't figure to get much better when they host the Chicago Bears and their dynamic defense on Sunday. Arizona avoided being shut out by Washington in its opener by scoring a late touchdown but recorded 137 total yards while being blanked by the Los Angeles Rams last week.
Sam Bradford threw for 90 yards and the Cardinals mustered only 54 on the ground as they registered a mere five first downs and didn't get into Rams territory until the final minute in the 34-0 defeat. The club will be hard-pressed to improve those numbers against the Bears, who rank eighth in the NFL in total defense and lead the league with 10 sacks. Khalil Mack has lived up to the hype - and his $141 million new contract - in his first two games with Chicago, recording two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown. Danny Trevathan and Prince Amukamara were forces in Monday's 24-17 triumph over Seattle, with the former notching a pair of sacks and the latter returning an interception for a score.
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ABOUT THE BEARS (1-1): Trevathan was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording the two sacks, eight tackles - six solo - and a forced fumble in the win over the Seahawks. He became the first Bears linebacker to receive the honor since Brian Urlacher in Week 9 of the 2012 season. Chicago hopes to get its ground game going this week as Jordan Howard gained just 35 yards on 14 carries against Seattle after recording 82 on 15 rushes in the season opener versus Green Bay.
ABOUT THE CARDINALS (0-2): Larry Fitzgerald suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter last week after making three catches for 28 yards and did not practice on Wednesday but is expected to play against Chicago. The veteran receiver's next touchdown reception will tie him with Tony Gonzalez (111) for seventh place on the all-time list. Arizona received some solid performances on defense last week as cornerback Patrick Peterson recorded a career high-tying eight tackles and an interception while defensive end Benson Mayowa registered seven tackles and a pair of sacks.
1. The Cardinals, whose longest play last week was a 15-yard gain, are 0-2 for the first time since 2005.
2. Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky, who has rushed 12 times for 56 yards in the first two games, threw two touchdown passes for the first time in his career last week.
3. Arizona released DT Garrison Smith, who recorded one tackle in two games, and signed LB Joe Walker from Philadelphia's practice squad.