Amberly Dressler: In Week 1 not only was Kurt Warner's offensive line struggling but his usual targets were not 100 percent. In Week 2, everything came together. But Warner did aggravate his right (throwing) shoulder. Another stinger could set off some problems. If he can keep healthy, expect Warner to click with his receiving corps and see the gifted Warner at work.
EH: Many of the Colts were looking forward to seeing former teammate Edgerrin James during this game. As luck would have it, James will visit Indianapolis with the Seahawks next week. But how are the Cardinals' younger running backs looking in the early going so far? Specifically, how is Chris Wells, who many Colts fans coveted in April's draft, adjusting to the NFL?
AD: Despite James suiting up for the Cardinals main NFC West rival, most Cardinals fans also wish him well. Last year, he brought- then rookie- Tim Hightower under his wing. Although Hightower nabbed the starting role from James, he still carried his helmet to practice every day.
Back on track... Hightower is really coming along. He suffered the rookie slump late last season and relied on James to pick up the slack in the post-season, but he is standing firm in the starting role over Chris Wells who is still learning the ropes. Wells lost the ball twice in Week 2. But through two weeks, Wells has shown his power, vision, quickness and hard-nosed style that the Cardinals drafted him for. Week 3 could very well be the week he scores his first NFL touchdown.
EH: Most fans are familiar with Arizona from their Super Bowl appearance last season, but the Cardinals are more known for their offense. Who are some defensive players fans should keep an eye on during Sunday's game?
AD: Adrian Wilson takes the cake for defensive player to watch. The Pro Bowler strong safety can stuff the run, and he can get after the quarterback. He can do it all. Also keep an eye on free safety Antrel Rolle who returned a blocked field goal attempt, blocked by second-year player Calais Campbell out Miami, 83 yards for a touchdown. Speaking of Campbell, circle him on the roster. Standing 6'8" he is a beast. Last week, he used his size to get in the way of passes. He is going to be a big-time contributor very soon.
Another defensive player to watch is inside linebacker Gerald Hayes who is one of the most underrated players on the Cardinals roster. Hayes doesn't often get the props he deserves, but he is consistent through and through. He leads the team in tackles (14) and will give the Colts a run for their money.
EH: The Colts set an NFL record by allowing just six touchdown passes, but struggle with big, strong receivers. What's the game plan for slowing Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin?
AD: If that's the case, then the Colts are going to struggle against the Cardinals top threats, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Fitzgerald has a 99 percent reception rate in Madden for a reason. Throw anything his way and he's going to catch it. Boldin's strength is yards after the catch.
Fitzgerald only had four receptions last week, which caused his younger brother to tweet that the Pro Bowler was unhappy. Fitzgerald could possibly see a low catch count again not because of any drama but just because he is most team's main focus. The Cardinals have many more threats to use if he is triple-teamed.
Enter Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban to the mix. These receivers can be and are viable options for Warner to get the ball moving.
The key to stopping the receiving game is to get Warner out of rhythm. The Colts need to get past a run of the mill Cardinals offensive line to frustrate Warner.
EH: The Cardinals broke through their perennial sleeper label last season by winning the NFC, but before the playoffs began, they were viewed around the league as an explosive team that also had some serious flaws. In that way, they are very much like the Colts. What are the realistic expectations for this year's team? Arizona breezed through the NFC West last season and should have a good chance to repeat (despite the loss to San Francisco), but is this team good enough to get back to the big game, and win it?
AD: The NFC West is a different scenario this year. The Cardinals will get more competition from the 49ers than in recent years. San Francisco started the season at 2-0 with key wins against division rivals (Cardinals and Seahawks). But in the long run, the Cardinals are a much better team than the 49ers. Arizona should take the division title again.
Once in the playoffs, if the Cardinals defense can play grindstone defense again, the Cardinals have a very good chance of making a deep playoff run. The playmakers are there on the offense, but it's getting it all to mesh and staying injury free that could land the Cardinals a Super Bowl do-over.
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