The Arizona Cardinals play Week 1 at home against the Carolina Panthers and it's a chance for the Cards to start the season the right way. Key aspects of the game like protecting the quarterback and defensive pressure will be tested and, for the sake of Cardinals fans, executed properly.
The Cards face a young, up-and-coming Carolina Panthers squad with a rookie quarterback (Cam Newton), a new head coach (Ron Rivera) and plenty of question marks. This is a perfect game for the Cards to show the rest of the NFC West that they are here to make some noise and contend for a division title. Read on for five keys that will determine whether or not the Cards have a successful Week 1 matchup.