Cardinals vs. Saints Preview

The NFL preseason begins tonight at 8 PM ET on NFL Network with the Hall of Fame Game. Here’s what to watch for as the Cardinals and Saints duke it out at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Ken Whisenhunt wants stability at the QB position.
From early 2007-2009, Whisenhunt’s first three seasons were successful due in large part to knowing what he was going to get from Kurt Warner and the receiving corps. He’s lined up many different QB’s under center, drafted another this season (Ryan Lindley), and could end up getting fired if the accuracy of Skelton or the consistency and health of Kolb stay status quo for Cardinals quarterbacks. Their schedule is absolutely littered with great corners and safeties: Donte Whitner (twice), Dashon Goldson (twice), Earl Thomas (twice), Charles Tillman, Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Kam Chancellor (twice), Stephon Gilmore, Cortland Finnegan (twice), Brent Grimes, Asante Samuel, Antoine Winfield, Chris Cook, Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Yeremiah Bell, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Nnamdi Asomugha.

WR Michael Floyd can prove his doubters wrong.
Many thought it was silly for the Cardinals to use their first overall pick on the second-most important position in football, WR. Having a second, big-time weapon will help the Cardinals evaluate whether or not they will be drafting a QB high in April. The 49ers and Redskins have made similar upgrades at WR, which will determine Alex Smith’s fate and gauge Robert Griffin III’s development.

The CB position battle could reap benefits in the final 53.
The top 2 corners for the Saints are out with injury – Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer – which means the coaches will get to take advantage of the silver lining: first team snaps for the next guys up. The CB position is crucial as the Saints defense gave up 679 passing yards and 8 total TDs with just 2 INTs to the two quarterbacks they faced in the 2011 postseason.

The QB rotation for tonight is a mystery.
The Saints don’t have a fully defined depth chart yet. It looks like Chase Daniel is the #2, but that situation is fluid and Luke McCown and Sean Canfield will get a lot of snaps during preseason.

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