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Old 09-12-2015, 12:04 PM   #1
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Cardinals

First and foremost
Donít let Saints quarterback Drew Brees get in rhythm. Like former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, Brees can be streaky. And when heís on a roll, there doesnít seem to be much a defense can do about it. The Cardinals likely will bring however many rushers they need to disrupt Brees, figuring their secondary can hold up.

Key statistic
13-3: Thatís the Cardinals record at home in Bruce Ariansí two seasons. He places a huge emphasis on winning at home, surmising that a team that wins eight home games only needs to win two or three on the road in order to make the playoffs. Arians sells that simple equation to players, who have to buy it.

Key player
Safety Tyrann Mathieu: It was evident in training camp and the preseason that Mathieu is fully recovered from two torn knee ligaments suffered in December of 2013. He was all over the field in practice and in games. The Cardinals donít have a better playmaker in the secondary than Mathieu, who would like nothing better than to make a big one against his hometown team, the Saints.

Cardinals injury report

Out: Mike Iupati, G, knee; Questionable: Michael Floyd, WR, hand; Jermaine Gresham, TE, hamstring; Troy Niklas, TE, hamstring

Saints

First and foremost
Donít let Cardinalsí running backs make big plays. The Cardinals' deep receiving corps gets a lot of attention, but starting running back Andre Ellington is a matchup problem when healthy. And heís healthy. With Chris Johnson and David Johnson as backups, the Cardinals can afford to use Ellington more judiciously than they did a year ago. Bruce Arians will try to get him isolated against linebackers and safeties.

Key statistic
-13: Thatís was the Saints turnover margin in 2014, a big reason they finished 7-9. The Saints not only gave the ball away a lot (30 times, fifth most in NFL), they didnít take it away much, either (17, fifth fewest). Only Oakland (-15) had a worse margin last year.

Key player
Receiver Brandin Cooks: The 2014 draft class of receivers could go down as among the best ever, thanks to players like Cooks. He was beginning to make a huge impact when he suffered a season-ending thumb injury last November. Cooks finished with 55 receptions for 550 yards and three touchdowns.

Saints injury report
Out: Jairus Byrd, S, knee; Dannell Ellerbe, LB, toe; Keenan Lewis, CB, hip; C.J. Spiller, RB, knee; Davis Tull, LB, shoulder; Probable: Tim Hightower, RB, knee

Cardinals on offense
The Cardinals open the season with questions along the offensive line. Over the past two decades or so, thatís been a given, like the sun rising in the East, bread hitting the floor butter-side down and picking the slowest checkout line at the store. With guard Mike Iupati healthy and tackle Bobby Massie not suspended, the Cardinals might have their best offensive line in more than two decades. But Iupati is hurt and Massie is suspended; neither is expected back before week three. Their replacements, Ted Larsen at guard and Earl Watford at tackle, need to hold up. If they do, quarterback Carson Palmer will have time to find favorable matchups between his receivers and the Saints secondary. Saints coordinator Rob Ryan will be creative in his calls and thatís going to lead to some ugly plays for the Cardinals. But it also provides opportunities, provided Palmer and the rest of the offense can identify where the ball should go. Cardinals running backs Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson will share the running load. Donít be surprised if rookie David Johnson makes an impact as a receiver.

Edge: Cardinals


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Old 09-13-2015, 03:30 AM   #2
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Re: Cardinals vs. Saints scouting, prediction

Depends on how you see it.
Carson Palmer or......Drew Brees
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Re: Cardinals vs. Saints scouting, prediction

My tiny brain does not compute...


Cardinals on offense

Edge: Cardinals


Saints on offense

Edge: Saints

Is it supposed to be against the opposing defense?!
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Cards at home will be sharp early. I expect our young defense will take the first half to settle in.

I can see the Cards leading, Drew mounting a comeback and the defense making a stop to force overtime.

Hocker's leg will be the difference in OT.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:10 AM   #5
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Cardinals

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13-3: Thatís the Cardinals record at home in Bruce Ariansí two seasons. He places a huge emphasis on winning at home, surmising that a team that wins eight home games only needs to win two or three on the road in order to make the playoffs. Arians sells that simple equation to players, who have to buy it ...
This is the #1 factor I consider when betting on the Cards ... they seem to beat teams they have no business beating, at home ... that and how far their opponents are travelling ... those trips out West just seem to affect some teams more than others, IMO.
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:09 AM   #6
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I am glad those olineman are hurt and can only hope that gives us a slight edge we need. I take wins anyway I can get them and I llike when key players are hurt on other teams.
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We have enough injuries of our own to balance the odds. Be interesting to see how well Carson Palmer moves around.
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