49ers vs. Cardinals: 5 Halftime Adjustments for the Cardinals to Win

Aron GlatzerAnalyst INovember 20, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals bobbles a punt against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Cardinals won 21-17. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals (3-6) have been one of the unluckiest teams in the league when it comes to close losses. They are hoping to end the San Francisco 49ers (8-1) winning streak, which stands at seven games, on the road in Week 11 NFL play.

To pull off the NFC West upset, the Cardinals will need to make the following changes in the second half.

 

5. Establish a ground game.

John Skelton has come out struggling mightily, completing only two of his first eight passes for 12 yards, including a pick to Patrick Willis. The Cardinals will need to get something going in the running game to make life a bit easier for Skelton.

 

4. Continue to keep San Francisco out of the end zone.

The Cardinals defense did a tremendous job limiting San Francisco to only nine points in six first-half red-zone opportunities. With a struggling offense, the Cardinals will need the defense to stay strong here to keep the game competitive.

 

3. A special teams momentum changer.

Patrick Peterson is one of the most dangerous returners in the NFL. In a game lacking in scoring, getting a big return from him or causing a 49ers special teams turnover will be the difference maker in having a shot to win this game. Peterson already has a field-goal block in the first half.

 

2. Get Larry Fitzgerald involved.

Fitzgerald has been targeted four times with only one completion for zero yards. To get any points going offensively, they'll need to use their big offensive weapon.