Cardinals Focused on Stopping Johnson

The Arizona Cardinals will look to make the Titans one-dimensional when they face off on Sunday. Here is the rest of their game plan.

GAME PLAN: The Cardinals will concentrate their defensive efforts on stopping running back Chris Johnson. They hope to force quarterback Vince Young to make plays with his feet.

Offensively, the Cardinals will try to remain two-dimensional. The run game has improved over the past month, and it's starting to have an effect on the play-action pass game. Teams have a difficult time stopping both.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald vs. Titans CB Rod Hood.

A former Cardinal, Hood has played well since joining the Titans this season. He will play in nickel and dime situations. Fitzgerald knows Hood well, and the Cardinals likely will go after him.

Cardinals ILB Karlos Dansby vs. Titans RB Chris Johnson.

The Cardinals base 3-4 scheme is designed to free Dansby to run sideline to sideline. And he's been very effective against running teams such as the 49ers and Rams. Dansby will have to be at the top of his game to stop Johnson.

Cardinals LT Mike Gandy vs. Titans RDE Kyle Vanden Bosch.

Gandy has played well over the past month, and he'll need to have a good day to contain Vanden Bosch, who never takes a play off. Vanden Bosch has only two sacks this year.

INJURY IMPACT: QB Kurt Warner took his normal amount of snaps in practice Wednesday, and barring a setback expects to start Sunday in Tennessee. Warner has passed neurological tests and the only symptom remaining from the concussion he suffered last Sunday is a sore neck.

--Rookie outside linebacker Will Davis is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery on Monday to repair torn meniscus. A backup, Davis was beginning to make an impact on defense and had two sacks in the past three games.

--OLB Chike Okeafor has missed the past two games with a back ailment but returned to practice on Wednesday. Bertrand Berry has done well as a starter, but there isn't much depth behind him.

--CB Bryant McFadden has a right knee contusion but practiced on Wednesday. His backup, Michael Adams, is a solid tackler but is only 5-8 and struggles in coverage at times.

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