You didn't think I forgot, did you? Here is our usual Interview with the Enemy post, this time with Andrew602 from Revenge of the Birds. Read on to learn a little bit more about the Saints opposition this afternoon, including Beanie Wells, the teams weakness and how they can be beat.
CSC: The Saints tried very hard to trade up in the draft last year to get Beanie Wells. How's he doing and how do fans feel? There were concerns about his injury proneness if I'm not mistaken.
ROTB: There were concerns about his injury problems and we were worried when he injured his ankle on his first day of training camp. Then the season started and most of that concern vanished. He was banged up a few times but didn't miss any action all season long. Right now the general feeling is that this guy's going to be a star running back in this league. He's a man beast and has a very good stiff arm to combine with explosive speed. I think the Cardinals are set at running back for quite some time.
CSC: Do you expect Anquan Boldin to be back this Saturday? How effective will he really be coming off injury?
ROTB: Right now he's a game day decision and earlier in the week I thought for sure he'd be back. He doesn't sound too confident he'll return but you can never underestimate Anquan Boldin. If he does decide to play I'm sure he won't be at 100% and if he's not I'd prefer him to sit out this week. The Cardinals are 7-1 without him and their two highest scoring games (51 last week, 41 against the Bears earlier in the year) occurred when Boldin didn't play this year.
CSC: LSU fans should have been happy to see Early Doucet have a big game last weekend. Doucet has come on strong over the last month. Where is this coming from?
ROTB: I think he always had the talent to be a very good receiver in the NFL. Most thought he was a steal in the 3rd round and the Cardinals were happy that they were able to land him there. Honestly, when you have guys like Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston ahead of you, you're going to get buried in the depth chart. Plus Ken Whisenhunt prefers to let rookies learn on the sideline their first year.
CSC: What have opponents done well this season to effectively stop the Cardinals passing attack?
ROTB: Watch a Cardinals/49ers match up. They know how to stop the Cardinals and it paid off in their two wins this year. The 49ers can effectively rush a four man line and drop the rest of their defense in coverage. If you can get after Kurt Warner without bringing the blitz then you'll win for sure. Simple as that.
CSC: What are your biggest concerns about the Cardinals defense?
ROTB: Easily the biggest concern is the secondary. Beyond Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the Cardinals are in trouble at cornerback. Bryant McFadden hasn't turned out what we thought he'd be at the other side and was burned a lot last week. After McFadden there's a big fat question mark. The Cardinals must address CB in the draft or offseason.
CSC: Care to make a prediction?
ROTB: Sure and I'll obviously take the Cardinals, 38-31.