New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals: Game Preview

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-1) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-2)

SERIES

 

SAINTS

CARDINALS

SERIES LEADER

13-12

STREAKS

7 of past 10

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 2-0

Whisenhunt: 0-2

LAST WEEK

W 16-14 vs. Panthers

L 41-10 at Chargers

LAST GAME

12/16/07: Cardinals 24 at Saints 31.  New Orleans RB Aaron Stecker rushes for 95 yards & 2 TDs in Saints victory.  QB Drew Brees adds 2 TD passes for Saints.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/3/04: Cardinals 34, Saints 10.  Arizona RB Emmitt Smith rushes for 127 yards & 1 TD & adds 21-yard TD pass to RB Obafemi Ayanbadejo as Cardinals earn victory.

BROADCAST

FOX (1:05 PM MST): Chris Rose, Kurt Warner.  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone.  SIRIUS: 123 (NO), 127 (Ari.). XM: 105 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 118-160-1,131 (1C)-7 (2C)-2-102.4 (2C)

Anderson: 58-112-644-3-5-59.5 OR

M. Hall (R): 9-16-85-0-1-45.1

RUSHING

P. Thomas: 46-147-3.2-1

Hightower: 42-233-5.5-2

RECEIVING

Shockey (TE): 20-196-9.8-1

Fitzgerald: 19-208-10.9-2

OFFENSE

344.0

249.0

TAKE/GIVE

+2

-6

DEFENSE

334.5

388.0

SACKS

Ellis: 3

7 tied: 1

INTs

3 tied: 1

Wilson: 2

PUNTING

Morstead: 47.1 (3C)

Graham: 45.0

KICKING

Carney: 10 (1/1 PAT; 3/3 FG)

Feely: 16 (7/7 PAT; 3/4 FG)

 

NOTES

SAINTS QB DREW BREES is 3-0 in career vs. Arz.  In past 2 meetings (incl. 2009 Divisional Playoff), has completed 49 of 62 (79 pct.) for 562 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.3 rating.  Leads NFC with 73.8 comp. pct. & 1,131 yards.  Ranks 2nd in NFC with 102.4 rating...RB CHRISTOPHER IVORY rushed for career-high 67 yards (5.6 avg.) last week... WR MARQUES COLSTON has 14 catches for 197 yards (98.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 meetings (incl. playoffs).  WR LANCE MOORE has 3 TDs in past 2 & aims for 3rd in row with TD catch.  WR DEVERY HENDERSON had 44-yard rec. TD in Divisional.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has TD in 3 consecutive games vs. Arz. (incl. playoffs)...DE WILL SMITH had INT in playoff meeting.  DE SEDRICK ELLIS has sack in 3 of 4 games this year & aims for 3rd in row with sack.  Had sack vs. Arz. in playoffs.  S ROMAN HARPER had 31-yard INT in last regular-season meeting.  In last game vs. Arz. in reg. season (11/28/04 with NYJ), LB JONATHAN VILMA had INT & FR...

CARDINALS:  QB DEREK ANDERSON has won past 3 home starts (2 in Cle., 1 in Arz.).  Undrafted rookie QB MAX HALL passed for 82 yards last week in relief... RB TIM HIGHTOWER had 70-yard TD run in Divisional.  Is 1 of 5 Cardinals all-time with 2 runs of 70+ yards in career.  Has 70 catches since start of 2009, 3rd most by NFC RB.  RB BEANIE WELLS had TD run in playoff meeting...WR LARRY FITZGERALD ranks 2nd in NFL with 484 receptions & 6,495 yards since 2005.  Has 542 career catches, 2nd most in team history.  Since start of 2008, has 36 rec. TDs, most in NFL (incl. playoffs)...S ADRIAN WILSON is 1 of 10 players in NFL history with 20+ sacks (21.5) & 20+ INTs (25).  S KERRY RHODES had 42-yard FR-TD last week.  CB GREG TOLER had 1st career sack & added FF in Week 4.  Since start of 2007, DT DARNELL DOCKETT has 25 sacks, most by DT (incl. playoffs).  LB JOEY PORTER has 91 sacks since 2000, 3rd most in NFL. 

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