Anderson Gets Start

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 31: Derek Anderson of the Arizona Cardinals makes a pass in the pocket against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

No surprise here as Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson has been named the starter for this week's game against the Minnesota Vikings.  It had to be Anderson over Max Hall.  There was no question, at least this week.

Anderson, who has played fairly well in his relief of Hall over the past two weeks, save for his late interception against the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday, has the experience and the understanding of how to play in what will be a very noisy dome this Sunday.

Hall, regardless of how much you want to see him more than DA, just will get eaten alive in that environment.  That's not to say he won't get any play time if something goes wrong with Anderson, however going to Anderson is the right choice for this week.  Next week, it could be a whole different song.

I wouldn't expect much from either quarterback, but it is what it is and we must all be prepared to deal with it.  This year though may be the best opportunity for the Cards to get a win up north in Minnesota.  Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is not having a very good season.

Allen, who had a great season a year ago, has been held without a sack over the past five games.  He only has one sack this season and that came in week two against the Miami Dolphins.  As far as I'm concerned though, with the way the Cards offensive line has played for most of the season, I wouldn't be surprised to see a resurrection of Allen's season this week with a multiple-sack game.

That right there is the key to not only Anderson's success, but his survival as well.  The offensive line is going to need to give Anderson time to throw the ball.  At the same time Anderson is going to need to make multiple reads and learn to get rid of it quickly if need be.  The Cards can't afford to take too many bad sacks on Sunday in a game that certainly could come down to field position.  The way the Vikings offense has played this year, don't expect them to light up the scoreboard either.  Then again, I thought the same thing about Tampa last week.

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  • JimJam

    Nice article.
    I think it’s definately a good thing; Anderson has seemed more composed and ready than Hall in his starts.

    I’m tipping the Cards this week 23-20

  • JimJam

    Hey Scott,

    Thanks for the comment!

    I’d love to use your site to help me with current information and news regarding the Cardinals for my NFC West blog.

    I’ll let the Cards fans know to check raisingzona.com in my posts for more Arizona news!
    Cheers again,

    JimJam

  • Scott Allen

    Thanks JimJam! I added your site to my blogroll yesterday.