Opponents' Storylines, Weeks 10-13

Amberly Richardson continues her look around the league, as she breaks down the top-storylines of each team the Cardinals will face next season, and how they relate to Arizona come game time. Up next, Weeks 10-13, which comes equipped with two NFC West matchups, another against the reigning Super Bowl champs and more.

Week 10: vs. San Francisco 49ers

This marks the second game of an important three-straight NFC West contests. Wins in weeks 9,10 and 11 will be pivotal to the Cardinals success before they play the challenging New York Giants and the New England Patriots later in the schedule.

When Arizona faces San Francisco in week one the storyline will have a lot to do with who is starting at quarterback for the 49ers. By week 10 that should be all settled.

Week 11: @ Seattle Seahawks

The Cardinals will face their division rivals for the first time in the second half of the season. The Seahawks will attempt to put this one away, in hopes of sending Coach Mike Holmgren off with his fifth consecutive division title.

This seems to be the first year that the Seahawks will be relying more on the defense to win ball games. The linebackers, headed by middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, is one of the top units in the league. Their commitment to the defense was in writing when they picked up Lawrence Jackson in the first round of the draft, a defensive end out of USC.

Running back Shaun Alexander saw the end of his days in Seattle. Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett will lead the ground game for the Seahawks.

The receiving game may struggle out of the gates. QB Matt Hasselbeck is on point, but his young targets downfield aren't proven threats.

Week 12: vs. New York Giants

The Giants are expecting to pile on the wins, but they won't fly under the radar with their Super Bowl champion swagger. Their defense was a little shaken up with losses of Safety Gibril Wilson, LB Kawika Mitchell and LB Reggie Torbor. Not to mention defensive end Michael Strahan calling it quits with a ring on his finger.

New York was busy filling the gaps with some vets and five defensive draft picks.

Week 13: @ Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia finished 8-8 with three wins tacked on at the end. Coach Andy Read hopes the momentum will carry the Eagles through training camp where some big name rookies will fight for playing time. DeSean Jackson adds some depth at receiver and defensive tackle Trevor Laws will bring even more talent to the solid defensive line.

The Eagles were bold in free agency, picking up former New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel and even looking at wide receiver Randy Moss. The strategy worked for quarterback Donovan McNabb who wanted more playmakers on the roster.

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