The Cardinals finally come home for the first pre-season game in Phoenix as they take on the San Diego Chargers. The best news for the hometown crowd is that the team is playing at home in game three, which is usually when starters play a lot of the time.
So, once again here are this week’s key 7 pre-game questions as the Bird Gang takes on the San Diego Chargers.
1. Will Rich Bartel get his chance to prove his worth?
Bartel has never played in the third pre-season game for any roster that he has been a part of. Here’s his chance. With John Skelton listed as the #2 QB on the depth chart, it’s between Bartel and Brodie Croyle for the third spot and only time will tell.
2. Does Alfonso Smith get his chance?
I think I’ve stated more than enough that the Cardinals should keep LaRod Stephens-Howling as their special teams guy and give either Smith or a free agent a chance to shine. After my interview with Smith he stated with confidence that if given the chance he will “make the most of it”.
3. Will Rob Housler continue to impress?
Whether Todd Heap is injured or healthy, it’s always nice to have a guy waiting in the wings. Rob Housler is not just waiting, he’s impressing. Housler may not be the best blocking tight end yet but he’s finding a way to be a play-maker and that’s all that matters.
4. Patrick Peterson explosion to happen?
We know Patrick Peterson is one hell of a player but teams have been picking on him. So, does Peterson become the new kid who gets bullied enough that he turns around and knocks the bully out? Cardinals fans would love to see it.
5. Stewart Bradley continuing to show promise?
It seems as if every year one player gets let go and another team helps him shine. This year, Stewart Bradley can be that guy. As the defense tries to maintain it’s tough personality, Bradley can only help.
6. How much pressure will the defense get?
Last week against Green Bay the Cardinals put up four sacks from four different players. This week should be no different as the Chargers are known for having a great offense but if the defense can bring pressure, who knows just how “great” San Diego could be.
7. Final Score prediction?
I’m going to use a little bit of reverse psychology here and pick the Cardinals to lose but I feel like they will win. Remember, reverse psychology here in mind:
Chargers 31-Cardinals 28