The Arizona Cardinals have traveled north to take on the Green Bay Packers in the first 2013 NFL preseason week one game for both teams. The Packers come in with a new look on offense and Vince Young trying to make the squad. The Cardinals will attempt to climb out of mediocrity and get a ground game going so teams can’t easily put two defenders on Larry Fitzgerald every down and know they will get away with it.
The oft-injured Kevin Kolb off to Buffalo, the Cardinals are hoping veteran Carson Palmer and shake off a terrible tenure in Oakland and regain his Cincinnati form to help lead his new squad into the playoffs. If Palmer struggles, young Drew Stanton is waiting in the wings and will probably start at least one regular season game before the playoffs begin. The chance of the Cardinals line not allowing Palmer to be sacked multiple times per game is slim.
Arizona teams of recent memory have struggled mightily in the running game and new head coach Bruce Arians will try to turn that misfortune around with Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams running the ball. No one wants the Cardinals running game to break out of its multi-season slump more than Larry Fitzgerald. If the Cardinals can’t run then defenses will zero in on Fitzgerald and he will have another off season by no fault of his own.
The Packers will once again be led by Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, but his targets will look at little different in tonight’s game than in the past. Jordy Nelson will miss the entire preseason with injury, and Greg Jennings is now with the Minnesota Vikings. Look for some young players to get the call at wideout and have a chance to prove if they’ll become part of the team’s long term plans.
The running back position is a bit up in the air for Green Bay. Rookie Eddie Lacy is who the Packers coaches would love to start, but he may not be ready for primetime just yet. Before the game is out, look for Vince Young to get several snaps as the veteran tries to prove he belongs in the league and fights to make the regular season roster.
Tonight’s NFL preseason NFC bout between the new look Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers will get underway at 8/7c. The game is unfortunately not being televised on any network or cable channel, however you can alternatively choose to watch an online streaming version here via the NFL’s Preseason Live package for $19.99. The Cardinals have much to prove for their new coach tonight so I expect them to come out hungry and leave the north with a 25-19 upset win.