Five to Watch: AZ Cardinals @ Detroit Lions

The Arizona Cardinals face the Detroit Lions on the road this weekend. The Cardinals have two road losses all season. On the flip side, the Lions have just two victories this year with 11 total losses. But in the NFL, no team can be ruled out. Here are five Cardinals players who will prevent the upset and will be plain out fun to watch as the Cardinals look for redemption.

1. Anquan Boldin: In true champion style, Larry Fitzgerald insists that he will play on Sunday. But his sprained ligament and bone contusion may say otherwise. He's been limited in practice this week. If Fitzgerald sits, Boldin could easily obtain the 197 yards needed to reach back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He could reach the mark for the fifth time in his career before the well-paid Fitzgerald. The Lions are 13th in the league in pass defense but have given up more than 20 points in 11 out of 13 games and allowed more than 40 points three times this year. The Cardinals will exploit the Lions secondary not only for the redemption but for a chance at clinching the division title. The Cardinals can do so with a win, coupled with a loss or a tie by the 49ers who face the Eagles in Philadelphia.

2. Darnell Dockett: Besides an interception against the 49ers, Dockett was relatively quiet. Dockett has been a force all season, so expect him to pick up where he left off against the Lions offensive line and particularly RT Gosder Cherilus.

3. Beanie Wells: Following his running mate's fourth fumble of the year in the first quarter, Wells received the majority of the carries against the 49ers. He had posession 15 times, compared to Hightower's two. Wells rushed for 79 yards. His longest run was 23 yards. Expect Wells to increase his workload once again. The Lions limit their opponents, on average, to less than 100 yards a game. The Cardinals will need Wells' power and elusiveness to pass the century mark.

4. LaRod Stephens-Howling: Monday Night's game proved we'll see the rookie in more situations than just special teams. Although he fumbled on a reception, he's able to add yet another dimension to the Cardinals offense. On special teams, Stephens-Howling has reeled in 1,013 yards on kick returns. He is sixth best in the league.

5. Kurt Warner: The veteran is never down for long. He's redeemed himself after each loss this year. He had two of his best games following defeats from San Francisco and the Carolina Panthers. After the initial loss to the 49ers, he rebounded in Jacksonville with 24 out of 26 completions, 243 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and zero sacks. Following the Carolina loss, he threw five td's against Chicago.


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