Five to Watch: Cardinals @ Saints

The Arizona Cardinals travel to the Superdome to take on the once-undefeated New Orleans Saints who ended the season on a three-game slump. The bye week gave the Saints time to lick their wounds, but these five Cardinals players hope to register some wounds on the box score.

1. Beanie Wells: The Cardinals need to see production from their running game on Saturday in order to exploit the Saints run defense, which gave up 111 rushing first downs in the regular season (25th worst in the league). Wells should get the majority of the carries. He has quietly become the Cardinals primary ball carrier. Wells can get the better of the Saints defense, especially if he can reach the secondary because he should be itching for a big play.

2. Antrel Rolle: The fifth-year safety registered a career-high 13 tackles in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. But he received recognition for his post-game remarks rather than his game-time performance. Rolle needs to do his talking on the field against the Saints. The secondary was depleted in the second half of last week's game. The Cardinals offense bailed out the unit's shaky showing. Michael Adams made up for his dismal game but all the defensive backs need to do their part on Saturday.

3. Bryant McFadden: Typically McFadden sees more passes thrown his way than his counterpart Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Packers playoff game was no exception. McFadden needs to be able to protect his side of the field better on Saturday. He'll have his work cut out for him.

4. Ben Patrick: The Cardinals saw production out of their tight ends for the first time since Patrick's two-week hiatus. And that's because of Patrick's return. Patrick was excellent in blocking and helped in the receiving game as well. Patrick will once again be a productive member of the Cardinals offense.

5. Calais Campbell: The second-year player was a part-time guy against the Packers because he had a cast on his thumb, but he still managed to make an impact. He should be more fruitful on Saturday. He will use his 6'8" frame to get in front of Brees and make Brees' day not as comfortable as it could be.



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