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The 49ers' secondary can expect a Fitzgerald-heavy passing attack from the Cardinals.
What we do know is that the Cards will trot out an imposing trio of wideouts. Led by one of the best in Larry Fitzgerald, the team also re-signed an up-and-coming Early Doucet, drafted Notre Dame stud Michael Floyd and retained Andre Roberts.
Placed in a vacuum, those players would pose as a serious problem for a defensive secondary. However, this can only happen if they receive reliable play from whoever takes over QB duties and if they can contain the 49ers' ferocious pass rush.
I believe the former will occur, but not so much regarding the latter.
The unrelenting Niners’ front seven, led by Aldon and Justin Smith, will overwhelm Arizona’s O-line. Either Kolb or Skelton will not have the required time to locate the talented receivers. If given the opportunity, it will be no easy task throwing into the 49ers’ Pro Bowl, ball-hawking secondary.
(Cardinals fans, I do not foresee your boy Fitz having the same kind of game as he did in your 21-19 win last year.)
Moreover, the Cardinals’ run game ranked a disappointing 24th in the NFL, despite Beanie Wells’ 1,047-yard, 10 TD output. These statistics are misleadingly positive because Wells’ production was largely reduced to two games (albeit two great ones against the Giants and Rams)—the point being, this offense centers on the pass and does not possess a dependable rushing attack.
Even if it did, it would not by any stretch match up against the league’s No. 1 rush defense.