The Patriots need to preserve playoff hopes alive in opposition to struggling Cardinals

It hasn’t been an easy road, but the New England Patriots are in the playoffs with five games left in the regular season. New England is grappling with multiple quarterback injuries and a rocky transition to a new offensive coordinator, but somehow sits 6-6 ahead of Monday night’s game.

A win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday would see the Patriots move up to 7-6 and level the team with the Los Angeles Chargers, currently the last playoff berth in the AFC, and the New York Jets on the outside .

Mac Jones and Rhamondre Stevenson will look to take down a struggling Cardinals roster. Arizona comes into play Monday on a two-game losing streak. The team has struggled to gain traction all season and is 4-8 on a year-over-year basis. Kyler Murray has once again presented solid numbers, although the Cardinals’ offense wasn’t the juggernaut some expected. The return of DeAndre Hopkins has helped as the team has scored at least 21 points in five of six games since the star receiver returned from his suspension.

Can Jones and the Patriots stay alive in a competitive AFC, or will the Cardinals play spoilers? Follow Yahoo Sports for the latest news, updates, injuries and scores as the Cardinals and Patriots battle it out in Monday Night Football.

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