Arizona Cardinals Preview
The Cardinals are a mess. Matt Leinart can’t beat out an aging Kurt Warner for the gig. Anquan Boldin is unhappy. They are still one of the worst franchises in all of sports. They can score some points though.
On Offense Kurt Warner gets a chance to see what he can do. He threw for over 3400 yards and 27 TDs even though he didn’t play the full season. He has two great weapons in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, who combined for 2200+ yards and 19 TDs. Bryant Johnson left the desert for the Bay, but he’ll be replaced by Steve Breaston (second-year out of Michigan), Jerheme Urban, and Early Doucet (rookie out of LSU). Leonard Pope, at 6’8″ provides a great red zone threat. On the ground Edge is coming off an awesome year. He ran for 1200+ yards and 7 TDs and added another 200 through the air. Tim Hightower, he has one of the coolest names in the NFL, will steal some of Edge’s carries, particularly in the red zone.
Defensively the Cards will have to make due without the versatile Calvin Pace. Gerald Hayes (98 Tackles) and Karlos Dansby (97 tackles) anchor the Linebackers. Chike Okeafor did not play last year, but had at least 7.5 Sacks the previous four seasons. Darnell Dockett had 9 Sacks at DT and Antonio Smith had 5.5 at DE. Cornerback Roderick Hood and Safety Antrel Rolle each picked off five passes last year.
The NFC West is wide open. All four teams have a realistic shot at the Division Crown. I think Seattle holds them off one more time, but Arizona really pushes them this year. Their Defense is truly the key to the season because the Offense will get theirs. I see them winning anywhere from 7 Wins to 11 Wins, although I’d lean more toward that low end.
Fantasy-wise Fitz and Boldin are solid #1 & #2 WR choices. I like Fitz better, but Anquan is no scrub. Edge is worth having, especially if he can be your #3 RB or a flex player. Tim Hightower really seems to be pushing him for touches. Hightower is worth stashing on your bench as a handcuff. Kurt Warner is worthy of a fantasy starter as long as he stays healthy and the line holds up. Don’t bother with Matt Leinart until he proves he’s capable. Arizona Defense is a possibility given their relatively weak Division. Neil Rackers is a solid Kicker.