Today the Arizona Cardinals are taking on the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are getting Steven Jackson back after missing four games, but he is facing the Cardinals` run stopping defense. Jason Snelling is out and will not be able to help take the load off of Jackson and that`s a good thing, Jackson`s help will be Jaquizz Rodgers who`s averaging 3.2 yards a carry.
Roddy White is out which is one less receiver for the secondary to worry about. I believe with the secondary starting to play better, they can handle Julio Jones and Harry Douglas. I`m most worried about getting coverage on Tony Gonzalez, feeling he might take over like Jimmy Graham did.
I hate seeing people get hurt but I am happy to see Andre Ellington getting the start today. Ellington is averaging 6.4 yards a carry and 9.5 yards a catch. I can`t wait to see how the passing game opens up with Ellington in the backfield. The offense could go a long way using the play action today.
The Cardinals` offense did a good job against the Seahawks last week coming off a short week. They had extra time this week to get ready for the Falcons` defense and I feel that they will hold their own against them. Carson Palmer did a lot better job then I though he would against the Seahawks` defense and I believe he gave his best performance all season. I feel that he just might be getting things together and today`s game is going to show if he his or not.
The Cardinals` defense is as good as they come. The secondary is still coming together, but as the games goes on they play for as a team and they don`t give up. The front seven dominates like always and I feel they will beat up on Matt Ryan all day long. I feel the only way the Falcons can move the ball is through the short passing game and won`t do good with the rush.
The question is, can the Falcons` receivers get open enough to move the ball and will Palmer show up like he did last week?