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Cardinals Look Ahead After Rough Road Loss

Huge game with Colts looms on Christmas

Coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals need to rebound after their loss in Detroit.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals need to rebound after their loss in Detroit.

Kliff Kingsbury is no longer thinking about Sunday, when the Cardinals lost a disappointing game in Detroit.

The coach is only focused on rebounding Christmas in prime time against Indianapolis, which has won five of its last six.

"(Sunday) was tough for all of us," Kingsbury said Monday/ "The coaches and players didn't execute and perform like we needed to, but with a short week, we don't have time to worry about that loss. We've got to get it corrected and move on to Indy. It'll be a great atmosphere. If we could play now, we would, but that's where our focus is right now."

The Cardinals do have areas to fix, but they don't have that ability with injuries, and there were two more that bear watching. Defensive end Jordan Phillips (knee) and wideout Rondale Moore (ankle) -- both vital pieces for the team's success -- left the game early with injuries. Wideout DeAndre Hopkins and cornerback Robert Alford were placed on injured reserve last week.

Kingsbury said on Monday that Phillips and Moore will receive MRIs before determining their status. Alford's ability to return this season is "wait-and-see," Kingsbury said.

The loss dropped the Cardinals to fourth in the NFC standings after being atop those standings for weeks. The Rams also have a chance to tie the Cardinals in the NFC West standings Tuesday night as well (although the Cards will hold the tiebreaker for now.)

But Kingsbury views challenging moments as a great thing, adding how the Chiefs, who started 3-4, went through a similar rough stretch before catching fire this season

"I think the nature of this league is that at some point you're going to hit adversity," Kingsbury said.

"We have a prideful group that wants to get better after (Sunday) and understands what we have in front of us and what's still out there for us."

Quarterback Kyler Murray, who struggled Sunday to his lowest completion percentage (56.1) on the season, has the faith the Cardinals will use the current situation to become a better team.

"I hope so," Murray said. "When you get beat like this in the fashion that we did today, it's an ugly taste. I know the guys in there will rally behind each other and we'll get it done."