This Monday ends the 2-year drought of the nfl in Mexico with the game of Monday night between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in a crucial game for both teams.
This is a rematch of the regular season opener of the nfl played in another country: the Cardinals they beat the 49ers 31-14 in 2005 in front of over 100,000 fans.
San Francisco He had a very irregular start to the season after suffering just in Week 2 the season-long loss of the quarterback Trey Lanceto whom the headcoach kyle shanahan had named as the owner.
That left the criticized Jimmy Garoppolo as a substitute, amid questions about his performance in key games.
And although ‘Jimmy G.‘ It took him a while to get up to speed, it seems that he has already found coordination with the offense, especially after the arrival of the always reliable running back Christian McCaffreywho has caused a great impact.
San Francisco arrives with a streak of two victories and although they will play as visitors in the Aztec stadiumOwn kyle shanahan He confessed that he feels sure that the fans of the team will be present to support them as if it were their second home, since they are one of the most beloved teams in our country.
The 49ers had little trouble moving the ball last week against the chargers, but they had trouble finishing the series. They went into the red zone five times, but converted those trips for just two touchdowns. A dropped pass from Brandon Ayyuk and a couple of deflected blocks on running plays added to the problems.
For the season, San Francisco is scoring touchdowns on 54.8% of red zone drives, down from the league-leading 66.7% in 2021.
Also San Francisco trained all week Colorado Springstrying to acclimatize to a height above sea level that does not cause a negative effect during the game, something that the headacach did not consider Cardinals, kliff kingsbury.
That’s why the Cardinals they will be playing with fire, because it could be their last chance if they want to have aspirations to enter the playoffs and especially to host the next super bowlsince it is a divisional game.
The Cardinals (4-6) earned a much-needed 27-17 win over the rams last weekend with the backup quarterback Colt McCoy under the center. The owner Kyler Murray he missed the game due to a sore hamstring. murray hopes to be available for a game.
Yes murray can’t play, Cardinals feel more comfortable with veteran endorsement McCoy.
The 36-year-old quarterback has a 3-1 record in on-time starts over the past two seasons, filling admirably when murray got injured. McCoy completed 26 of 37 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown against the rams.
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McCoy is dealing with his own injury issues: he hurt his knee against the rams and left briefly before returning. Kingsbury said that the resilience of McCoy it’s one of the many reasons it’s a quality backup option.
So the show is assured in the return of American football to the field of the Aztec stadium.
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After two years of drought, the NFL returns to Mexico with the divisional game between 49ers and Cardinals