Cardinals lose; now up just one in NFC West

Due to a surprising 29-18 loss in Atlanta Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals now own just a one game lead over the Seahawks in the NFC West division with four games yet to play. With quarterback Drew Stanton struggling, the Cardinals could be fading just as the Seahawks appear to be playing their best football of the year.

The Arizona Cardinals lost 29-18 in Atlanta Sunday and at 9-3 now possess just a one game lead over the 8-4 Seahawks for first place in the NFC West division. The same struggles with accuracy that plagued Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton in a 19-3 loss to the Seahawks two weeks ago were again a culprit against the Falcons.

Other than a three-yard touchdown catch from backup running back Stepfan Taylor with just 1:05 remaining to narrow the score, the Cardinals' offense was held to just a field goal. After falling behind 17-0 to Atlanta, the Cardinals were given a momentary spark by safety Rashad Johnson, who returned an interception of Matt Ryan 88 yards in the second quarter.

In the three games since taking over for the injured Carson Palmer in November 9 against St. Louis, Stanton has thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions. The Cardinals were shorthanded entering the game with Larry Fitzgerald still nursing a knee sprain. Running back Andre Ellington and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu were injured Sunday against the Falcons.

The Cardinals seem to be fading just as the Seahawks are playing their best football of the year.

The Cardinals host Kansas City next week, before traveling to St. Louis for Thursday night football on December 11.

It is becoming increasingly possible that the battle for division supremacy could come down to Week 16 when the Seahawks travel to Arizona for Sunday night football.

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