Cardinals: Game Plan & Matchups to Watch

Arizona expects Pro Bowl wideout Larry Fitzgerald to be double teamed for a second straight week and the offensive line will be tested again.

GAME PLAN: Larry Fitzgerald was double-teamed most of last week, catching three passes for 62 yards. The Cardinals didn't force the ball to him, but that might change this week. Look for the team to put Fitzgerald in motion more and do more shifting. They need to make him harder for defenders to bracket. Defensively, the Cardinals had better fix their coverage problems. The corners didn't always line up right, and there were communication breakdowns in the secondary. The team also needs to get linebacker Stewart Bradley involved on some level, even if it's just in sub packages. He's too good to have standing on the sidelines.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Cardinals LT Levi Brown vs. Redskins LB Brian Orakpo. Brown gave up two sacks in the first quarter last week. He's a solid run-blocker but is a liability as a pass-blocker. Orakpo is one of the best young rushers in the NFL, and one of the type of guys Brown consistently struggles with.

Cardinals RT Brandon Keith vs. Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan. Keith performed well in the season opener but he has much left to prove. Kerrigan looks like he's going to be a fine player. With Orakpo, he gives the Redskins quality rushers off the edge.

Redskins TEs vs. Cardinals secondary. The Panthers hurt the Cardinals by using their tight ends on options routes in the open. The Redskins have quality tight ends in Chris Cooley and Fred Davis, although Cooley has been hurt. The Cardinals must find a way to defend tight ends. That was a weakness a year ago.


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