Carolina Panthers' Jake Delhomme (17) has the ball knocked away by Arizona Cardinals' Karlos Dansby (L) during their NFL football game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina October 26, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Gameday: Arizona @ Carolina


Here we are finally, it’s gameday!!

It is quite possibly the most important day in this franchise’s history.  The Arizona Cardinals are in Charlotte to face the Carolina Panthers this evening at 6:15pm.  The game is on Fox 10.

I’ve chronicled my thoughts this week about how the Cardinals continue to not gain any respect throughout the country.  I won’t say much more on that subject.  However, the only way the Cardinals are going to be able to erase doubters is to go and win.  Playing them close will quiet some, but it won’t be enough.  Now the Cardinals may come out and play their best and that won’t be enough either to win this game.  Time will tell.

Obviously the Cards need to continue using a balanced attack and by saying balanced I mean like 67 percent passing and 33 percent running.  That’s about as balanced as you can expect the Cards to get.  It worked last week against Atlanta.  We’ll see what Carolina’s defense will bring, but I suspect it will be much tougher in a hostile environment at Bank of America Stadium.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not the lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

Do the Cardinals have the will to vault themselves to the next level or is it too soon?  I’m going to say the Cardinals time is now.  They played Carolina close and should have won back in October.  That means nothing come tonight, but it certainly sets an expectation that the Cardinals can play with the Panthers.  They’ve said all the right things this week.  Now let’s watch them go out and do the right things.

Cardinals 31 Panthers 30

Go Cardinals!!!!

Scott Allen

AZScott

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  • panthersrule

    I appreciate the fact that you Cards fans think that a below average team will come to the home of the Kings of the South and win. You all are pathetic

  • AZScott

    the only pathetic thing is making a statement saying how pathetic Cards fans are.  Never once did I degrade the Panthers and their fans.  You do have the best home record in the NFL, no doubt.  I just think this game will be closer than many believe.

  • buffordboy23

    Congratulations Arizona Cardinals on making your first trip to the NFC Championship.  Honestly, I did not expect such a great performance by your team, considering the tail-end of your performance in the regular NFL season and the absence of Anquan Boldin. 

    Numerous sports broadcasters for Fox Sports noted how Arizona shut down the run-game of the Carolina Panthers.  However, this reporting is flawed.  When the Carolina Panthers were initially behind in score during the first-half, they changed their game-plan to a passing attack, which obviously failed.   As a result of the numerous interceptions by Delhomme, the Cardinals widened their gap in points.  This effectively destroyed all hopes of the Panthers relying on the run-game during the second-half.  Keep this fact in mind when you play the winner of tomorrow’s match-up.

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