When all is said and done Sunday's game will be about quarterback pressure. With Reggie Bush likely out for the season, Drew Brees will rely heavily on his arm. A stat in the Cardinals favor is that the Saints are 2-5 when Brees makes 40 or more passing attempts.
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton looks to find a game plan that works without Bush and Deuce McAllister in Sunday's lineup.
"Right now we're having to play without both of those players and that's what it is," Payton said. "[The plan] might involve throwing more, it might involve running more."
Arizona powerhouse DT Darnell Dockett is ready to step up to whichever challenge. After watching the Saints on Monday night he knows that the Cardinals need to come in strong. All fronts need to be covered. Defense, offense and special teams will have to ride in on a high horse or they will get bucked out of playoff contention.
"We better be on point because it doesn't look like their playing around either," Dockett said on Sirius Radio of New Orleans.
Dockett knows that Kurt Warner took tough hits last Sunday against Seattle, but in the playoff hunt every player needs to be accountable.
"I don't think I want to hear any excuses from anyone," Dockett said. "I think I need to see everybody at practice."
He did. Despite on going ailments and a possible knee injury from the Seattle loss, Warner is expected to start Sunday. He did not offer excuses for his five interceptions and five sacks.
"I feel like I let my team down," Warner said. "I take this one on my shoulders."
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the opportunities were there to make big plays in Seattle, but they failed to execute. His assessment is the Cardinals are a good team when they do not turn the ball over and are not when they do, that simple. Arizona is 2-4 when Warner throws two or more interceptions.
Down the stretch…
The Cardinals are away for their final three games. They are just 2-5 on the road this season. New Orleans will be tough. They are coming off of a win in Atlanta. The Saints are just 2-4 at home, but have their playoff game face on.
"Anytime you're playing for something, you want to have some hope and you want to look at something and be able to point to something-I think that's important," Payton said of post-season aspiration.
Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com.
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