Five to Watch: Cardinals vs. Rams

The Cardinals will play for more than pride in the season finale. Edgerrin James looks to close out the year in record-setting form. Kurt Warner aims to play his way into next year's quarterback competition. And several young Cardinals are finishing off career seasons.

1. Edgerrin James sits at 1,128 yards rushing for the season. With another 47 yards, he can put up the fifth-highest single-season rushing total in franchise history.

James has already secured his fifth-consecutive 1,000-yard season. He ranks fourth among NFC rushers and has jumped to No. 13 on the NFL's all-time rushing list. With another 1,000-yard season in 2008, he will crack the top-10.

Look for James to get a few carries early, enough to gain the 47 yards he needs, before bowing out early to give coach Whisenhunt and his staff a chance to better evaluate J.J. Arrington and Marcel Shipp.

2. Kurt Warner needs four more touchdown passes to tie Neil Lomax with 28 for the Cardinals' single-season passing touchdowns record. Warner currently sits in third on the list, despite having only 10 starts under his belt.

Warner has experienced a renaissance this season. His is amidst his first 3,000-yard season since 2001, when he reigned as MVP. Warner has tossed at least two touchdowns in each of the last seven games, a career-high. Warner will try to carry the streak into next season.

3. Anquan Boldin heads into Sunday's game a touchdown shy of setting a new career-high. He has eight on the year, matching the total from 2003. Boldin became the fastest player to reach 400 career receptions (67 games) last Sunday, five games fewer than Kellen Winslow Sr.

Boldin has faced the Rams seven times in his career, topping the century mark four times. Boldin will try to make it five of eight.

4. Calvin Pace looks to add to his career highs in tackles (92) and sacks (6.5). Pace, who earned a starting job when Chike Okeafor went down for year in the preseason with a torn biceps, will start his 16th game in the finale, after only starting 22 games in the first four years of his career.

Pace will try for an encore performance this weekend, coming off a game against the Atlanta Falcons where he set a career-high with 10 tackles and added a sack.

5. Neil Rackers can hit the 100-point plateau for the third straight year and move ahead of Greg Davis (484) and into second place on the Cardinals' all-time scoring list with a single field goal. Rackers has 98 points on the year and 483 as a Cardinal.

Should the Cards find themselves in need of an onside kick recovery, Rackers can get the job done. He has become one of the best in the league in converting onside kicks, with eight conversions in 15 career attempts. Rackers has three this season.


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