Quarterback Clayton Tune and the Arizona Cardinals (1-7) are set to clash with the Cleveland Browns (4-3) at Cleveland Browns Stadium today at 11 a.m.
Since trading ex-Cardinal Josh Dobbs on Halloween, there was speculation as to if Tune would make his first NFL start of his career or Kyler Murray would make his 2023 season debut.
Now, it is official that Tune will be taking the first snap against Cleveland.
As for Murray, he remains on the Physically Unable to Perform List (PUP) and quarterback Jeff Driskel was activated from Arizona’s practice squad to the main roster to backup Tune.
On the other hand, the Browns will have their star QB returning today in Deshaun Watson.
After missing three of the last four games for Cleveland with a shoulder injury, Watson will be under center against the Cardinals.
Since beating the Dallas Cowboys 28-16 on Sept. 24, Arizona are on a five-game losing streak.
In their latest battle, the Cardinals lost to the Baltimore Ravens 31-24 in Glendale on Oct. 29.
Even though the score does look close, Arizona had 17 of their points come in the last seven minutes of the game when it was pretty much over.
Furthermore, the Browns suffered a defeat of their own with a 24-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday
With one QB making his first start of his career versus another who is returning from a serious injury, today’s clash consists of two teams trying to get back in the win column.
Here is all you need to know before Arizona goes to war with Cleveland
All-time, the Cardinals have a record of 16-33-3 as a franchise against the Browns.
Previously, Arizona crushed Cleveland 37-14 on Oct. 17, 2021 when Murray threw 4 touchdowns and completed 20 out of 30 passes for 229 yards.
With Zach Ertz on injured reserve with a quad injury and Blake Whiteheart inactive this week, Cardinals tight end Trey McBride started against the Ravens and scored his first touchdown of the season.
Overall, McBride has been the No. 1 TE for Arizona three times in 2023.