Browns @ Cards: Game Plan & Matchups to Watch

The Cardinals will try to run the ball with Beanie Wells and take some shots deep while the team's defense hopes to continue its resurgance against a struggling Browns offense.

GAME PLAN: The Cardinals won't do anything fancy. They'll try to run the ball with Beanie Wells and take some shots deep. Don't be surprised if they spread the field a bit, especially if QB Kevin Kolb plays. The Cardinals would like to get either quarterback, Kolb or John Skelton, in rhythm early, something they have had trouble doing. On defense, the Cardinals will come after quarterback Seneca Wallace. The Browns don't seem to have the individual skill talent that requires many resources. As good as the Cardinals defense has been, it hasn't come up with a turnover the last two games.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Cardinals right OT Brandon Keith or Jeremy Bridges vs. Left DE Jabaal Sheard -- A rookie, Sheard has played well and Keith and Bridges have struggled. Keith has a sprained ankle and knee issues, so Bridges has played a lot this season as a backup.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald vs. Browns CB Joe Haden -- Haden is a good, young corner who doesn't have an interception this year. Fitzgerald is playing as well as he ever is, and the Cardinals will try to find him no matter who is on him.


The Cardinals are trying to incorporate TE Todd Heap back into the offense, but it's not easy. Heap returned last week after missing six complete games and most of a seventh because of a hamstring injury. Heap was used mostly as a blocker in his return. With a limited amount of practice time, Heap hasn't proven to be durable enough for coaches to count on. The Cardinals had designs on using him in third-down and red-zone situations, but haven't been able to get to that.

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- That's the number of touchdowns the Cardinals have had of at least 50 yards in length, most in the NFL. Four of them have come on punt returns by Patrick Peterson.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We will make a point this week of handling this thing the right way. We beat San Francisco, a very good football team, but let's not forget about the first seven games of this season, either." -- Coach Ken Whisenhunt.

SERIES HISTORY: 49th regular-season meeting. Browns lead series, 33-12-3, but the teams haven't played since 2007. The Cardinals won that game, 27-21, but the Browns nearly pulled off a comeback. Kellen Winslow caught a pass in the end zone on the last play but officials ruled that he failed to get both feet inbounds. Not one Cardinal who scored in the game is still with the team.

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