What to Watch For Against the Chargers


Aug 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) celebrates an interception of a pass from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (not pictured) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals play their third pre-season game at home against the 0-2 San Diego Chargers on Saturday. The Chargers have been known for their offensive potential the last 4 seasons and are now orchestrated by ex-cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt.

The first concern and thing to look for as a Cardinals fan will be wither or not the offense will look a lot more fluid and be able to put any points up against the Chargers defense. Considering Jay Feely was the teams entire offense this last game and the defense gave Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton 5 extra opportunities to light up the scoreboard.

Another aspect to pay attention to is how well the run defense does against the best back they have faced so far. Green Bay used their third string back week one and Demarco Murray isn’t a threat without an offensive line which has been the Cowboys number one concern this pre-season. Ryan Mathews comes in week three with something to prove as people question his ability and he may try to give his response against the Cardinals defense this Saturday.

Most Cardinals fans will be excited to see if the defense can continue their supremacy and give fans another low scoring game with more turn-overs than the local bakery. Will John Abraham and Kevin Minter show why they’re so highly praised by various team officials and teammates while providing a case to be an un-questioned starter?

How many names will be sifted closer to the roster bubble? For instance another solid performance by Tony Jefferson will likely move Jonathan Amaya closer the bubble. The third running back position is likely to be decided over the next two games but will it be Andre Ellington or Ryan Williams who puts their best foot forward in the first of the two remaining games?

Another exciting pre-season game is at hand on Saturday as fans get to see another glimpse of the 2013 regime. Many will look forward to the potential of Abraham clobbering one of the most disliked quarterbacks in Philip Rivers. The offense should flourish and make up for their last performance as they face an average secondary that has given up 30 plus points the past two games.