The Cardinals are coming off a bye week where they got to have Anquan Boldin rest up and be able to return to the line-up this week. The week before saw the Cardinals shock the NFL when they beat the Cowboys in overtime. So they should be coming into this game with lots of confidence.
The Panthers are coming off a decimation of the New Orleans Saints where they defeated them 30-7. The offense in that game was solid through both the air and ground along with a great defense that held the Saints to there lowest scoring total all season.
The thing that makes this such a good game will be the mathc-up of the Cardinals offense vs. the Panthers defense. The Panthers have a defense that ranks third in both yards allowed (286.3 yards per game), and points scored (14.9 points per game) by the opposing team. The Cardinals boast an offense that leads the NFL in scoring (29.5 points per game) and is sixth in total offense (377 yards per game).
Not to take away from the vice-versa. When the Panthers can establish the run, Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith can be a scary tandem as last weeks shelling of the Saints showed. But the Cardinals defense is progressively getting better every week, especially at the defensive line where they only allowing an average of 93.7 rushing yards per game. If they can stop the run then Jake Delhomme will be forced to make some plays.
So what does this mean for the game? I personally think that it will be close but in two ways. It will rather be a shootout where we will see a score like 27-24 or something close to that, or it will be a low scoring game where one team will win by a field goal.
Regardless of either turnout, it will be an exciting game. lets just hope that the Cardinals come out on top.
Notes: In there last meeting, Vinny Testaverde threw a TD and brought back the Panthers to beat them last year 25-10. Injuries: Cardinals starter Travis LaBoy will not be in for the game because of a Groin injury. Panthers tackle Jeff Otah and wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad will miss the game as well with ankle injuries.