San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals: Cards' Week 1 Game Preview

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San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals: Cards' Week 1 Game Preview
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Quarterback Carson Palmer leads the Cardinals into the 2014 season.

It’s go time.

With preseason in the rearview mirror and NFL rosters trimmed to 53 players, the chase for the Lombardi Trophy begins.

The Arizona Cardinals open their 2014 season on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers in what should be a great contest. The two teams met in San Diego to close the preseason, but only a handful of players who will have any impact on this game took part.

While the preseason is over, a few kinks may still exist in certain areas of Arizona’s game. After all, 2013 first-round pick, guard Jonathan Cooper, was benched in favor of free-agent signee Ted Larsen. Cooper struggled in the playing time he received, and he missed two weeks of camp with a turf toe injury he suffered during the preseason-opening drive against the Houston Texans.

He continued to play the rest of the half with the injury, which likely made it worse.

And on defense, the outside linebacker shuffle is on, as the team last week signed former Chargers OLB Thomas Keiser, a 6’4”, 261-pound undrafted free agent out of Stanford.

It’s not crazy to think Keiser could see some playing time Monday night. He is a pass-rushing specialist who should know at least some of what Philip Rivers and San Diego’s offense is going to do.

Here is everything you need to know about this prime-time Week 1 matchup.

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