The Cardinals will head to Southern California to face Philip Rivers and rookie running back Ryan Matthews. Out of the gate, Arizona faces a tough group of running backs with Steven Jackson, Matthews, and Michael Turner on the bill.
Top draft selection Dan Williams will be put to the test immediately and should help the Cardinals improve their run defense. The last time these two teams met, the Chargers jumped out to a 27-7 lead before thwarting a Cardinals rally and hanging on to win 27-20.
Kurt Warner and Will Smith
New faces will greet New Orleans in the rematch of the Cardinals' final game of last season. Matt Leinart will hope to lead the Cardinals to a different outcome. Coach Ken Whisenhunt will look to avenge last season's loss and the hit that possibly solidified the retirement of Warner. Fans who watched that game saw the look on Warner's face after being blind-sided and knew he could be nearing the end his career.
Week 9 at Minnesota:
Whether Brett Favre will be leading the Vikings in this match up is a annual mystery. The one fact the Cardinals can count on is a healthy dose of Adrian Peterson. Rookie Dan Williams will be nearing the usual end of his season after playing at the college level and it will be interesting to see if he experiences a late season let down.
Week 12 vs San Francisco:
When the Cards met the 49ers at Candlestick Park last season they committed seven turnovers. This Week 12 match-up will be a key divisional game. Both teams should contend in an improving NFC West. With Leinart and Alex Smith slated to lead both teams into the season, it will be a battle of signal callers who don't want to be considered a "bust".
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