Most of the time you wouldn’t consider week 3 a big week in a NFL season. But when you consider that the Falcons are playing at Miami against a team that looks like the real deal, Tampa Bay is playing in New England and Carolina is playing a New York Giants team that is at a point where they consider it a must win game, so if the Saints win against the Cards on Sunday they would have a two game lead early in the season.
So the answer is yes, this is a big week for the Saints and their fans. The Cardinals offer a new head coach and quarterback with a new offense and a pretty solid defense, so they are not playing a pushover, but it is a winnable game.
Breaking down the Cardinals:
Coaching: Bruce Arians has a reputation for getting the most out of his players, you only have to look back at the job he did last year as an interim coach with the Colts to see that he is more than capable of getting his team ready to go out on the road give the Saints all they want.
Offense: Arians brought in a veteran quarterback in Palmer, a tough running back in Mendenhall, has made improvements in the offensive line and already had one of the top receivers in the game in Fitzgerald. The challenge has been to get all of the new parts working together and so far it’s been a mixed bag. The experience of Palmer did allow them to come back last week against Detroit and get their first win of the season.
Defense: So far the biggest weakness the Cardinals have shown is their ability to rush the QB. In two games they have only recorded one sack. However their run defense is very good so far in the season, ranking third. They have a pretty good secondary that has gotten better in each game with Mathieu showing that he is more than capable of being a star in the NFL.
Special Teams: The Cardinals special teams might be the strength of their team, so far they haven’t missed a field goal, last week Zastudil their punter dropped 4 out of 5 punts inside the 20 and they also blocked a field goal in the game.
All time record against the Cardinal organization:
|Team||Record||Last Time we Played them||Where||Post Season|
|Cardinals||12-14-0||10/10/2010. Lost 20-30||Glendale, AZ.||1-0|