Coming of a much-needed bye week, the Cards travel to Carolina to meet the Panthers, with Arizona atop the NFC West and Carolina tied with Tampa Bay atop the NFC South.
First of all, I am sick about hearing how wonderful Carolina’s one-two-punch running game is with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Granted, they are great; however, where is there talk of the tandem of Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower? Again, everywhere I turn it’s Jake Delhomme this and Steve Smith that, but what about Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and Anquan Boldin (who is supposed to return Sunday)?
With respect to special teams, Carolina has not scored once all season, while Arizona had 2 special teams TDs 2 weeks ago vs. Dallas. Yes kids, the Dallas Cowboys, an early season favorite to go to the Super Bowl (but quickly falling apart). The game began with a kickoff return by J.J. Arrington for a TD and ended with a blocked punt by Sean Morey which was recovered by Monty Beisel in the endzone for the historic win. The Cardinals’ defensive line has been great this year as well, and will, hopefully, be able to disrupt the Panthers’ run offense.
While the Cards are undefeated at home this season thus far, they have lost their past 2 road games, being outscored 80-52.
Carolina has won the past 4 meeting vs. Arizona and leads the series 5-2. The Cardinals are 5-0 when Warner doesn’t commit a turnover. As long as the offensive line can protect Warner’s blind side from Julius Peppers (who has 4.5 sacks vs. Arizona), then the Cards might just upset the Panthers for the win.