49ers vs. Cardinals: Under-the-Radar Players Who Will Have Huge Impact

Hayden Deitrick@hdeitrickFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 04:  Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams breaks up a pass intended for Andre Roberts #12 of the Arizona Cardinals during the game at Edward Jones Dome on October 4, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Monday Night Football matchup is between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals.

Each team features some of the most well-known and popular players in the NFL.

This matchup will likely be decided by a couple of players whom most NFL fans know little about.



Andre Roberts

With the majority of opposing defenses considered with the whereabouts of star receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts has surprised defenses this season to the tune of five touchdowns.

Roberts, who many considered expendable after Arizona drafted Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd, has 29 reception for 389 yards this season.

Roberts will likely look across the line of scrimmage and see Tarell Brown. By this, I mean to say that he will not be guarded by the 49ers top cornerback Carlos Rogers.

Look for Roberts to use his speed to exploit the 49ers defense tonight. The Cardinals are going to need him at his best as the 49ers allow the league’s fewest average passing yards a game with just 173.4.



Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams will be forever cursed by 49ers fans for fumbling away San Francisco’s chance at the Super Bowl last season.

This season, though, Williams appears to have put the past behind him.

While he is well-known for his electric kickoff return ability, this year, he has also been active in the passing game.

Williams has 124 yards receiving and one touchdown this season. He has, however, been targeted as a screen option several times.

With his incredible speed and knack for making the correct cuts, Williams has the ability to score each-and-every time the ball is in his hands.

If Williams can find some daylight, he could make plays that would change the game tonight.



Daryl Washington

This list of key players would not be complete without a defensive player.

After all, this game will likely be a defensive duel.

There is no player more qualified to lead Arizona’s defense into war than linebacker Daryl Washington.

Washington has been at the center of the surprisingly effective Cardinals defense this season.

Washington is ranked near the top in almost every defensive category. 

He has an impressive 66 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles coming into Week 8.

Despite his success, Washington is still relatively unknown to non-Cardinals fans.

A big-time performance on Monday Night Football would certainly change that.