Ron Wolfley, the voice of the Arizona Cardinals, ‘just sounds like football’
What to watch for: Watch how Colts running back Jonathan Taylor does against Arizona’s run defense. The Cardinals are allowing 4.6 yards per carry, while Taylor is averaging 5.6. Whether the Cardinals will have a merry Christmas will depend on how well they slow down Taylor. But there are two ways for them to do that: Score early and force the Colts to throw because they’re behind, or stop Taylor at the line of scrimmage and avoid the big plays. — Josh Weinfuss
Bold prediction: The Colts will force Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray into at least one interception for the fifth time in his past six games. The Colts have had at least one interception in eight of the past nine games and are tied for the NFL lead for forced turnovers with 31. They’ve intercepted 17 passes on the season. — Mike Wells
Stat to know: This one will feature the top two running backs in terms of rushing TDs this season: Arizona’s James Conner has 14, which trail only Taylor’s 17. Conner needs two more to tie the Cardinals’ single-season record of 16 (David Johnson in 2016), and Taylor needs one more to tie DeAngelo Williams (2008) for the most leaguewide through 15 games over the past 15 seasons.
Playoff and draft implications: Arizona can clinch a playoff spot this week with seven different scenarios — but the easiest would be a win. And the division is not as sure as it once was. The Cardinals have a 64% chance to win the NFC West title, per ESPN’s FPI. The Colts can’t clinch anything this week, but they would be eliminated from the AFC South race with a loss. They have an 82% chance to still make the conference’s top seven. See current playoff picture.