Early Look: 49ers @ Cards, Week 12 Pregame

At 5-5, Arizona has its best after-10-game-record since 1998, and is looking for its first 3-game winning streak since late 2002.  Next up for the resurgent Cardinals is division rival San Francisco, currently 2-8, who defeated the Cardinals week one this season.

Arizona hopes that revenge will, in fact, be sweet, particularly since the 49ers have suffered their share of offensive injuries this year, putting them on a downward slide of 8 straight losses.

A huge benefit for the Cardinals is their remainder of home games – 4 of their remaining 6 matchups are at home, as opposed to division rival Seattle, currently a game ahead of Arizona, who has 4 of its final 6 games on the road.

Key for Arizona is to maintain the spectacular play of its defense.  Karlos Dansby, Antrel Rolle, and Calvin Pace have been impressive recently, placing the Cards’ DST 9th in the league for yards given up, 10th against the pass, and 13th against the rush.

The offense isn’t too shabby either.  Under Kurt Warner’s veteran leadership and the hands of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, the Cards are currently the 12th overall passing offense.

Anquan Boldin

(Sources: nfl.com, azcardinals.com)