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Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons Preview

Posted By Zack Jones On Sep 17 2010 @ 8:42 pm In Arizona Cardinals | 1 Comment

PREVIEW

The Arizona Cardinals and Derek Anderson look to improve after a questionable week 1 performance and go 2-0 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Anderson struggled with his accuracy, especially when trying to find Larry Fitzgerald.  Anderson targeted him 15 times but only was successful three times for 43 yards.  The two, however, did connect on the game winning touchdown in the 17-14 win against the St. Louis Rams.

Fitzgerald is coming off a preseason where he suffered a sprained knee and wasn’t able to get any snaps with first-year starter Anderson, which explains the lack of chemistry the two displayed.

Also looking to come off an injury is Cardinals running back Chris “Beanie” Wells.  Wells, who also suffered a knee injury in the preseason, didn’t dress in the first week.  His return is highly anticipated because replacement starter, Tim Hightower, struggled to hold on to the football, fumbling twice.  Wells is listed as questionable but participated in practice this week.

As for the Falcons, they come into this game looking to get their first win after suffering a heart breaking overtime loss to the undermanned Pittsburgh Steelers, 15-9.  Much like Anderson, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan struggled to find consistency in the passing game.  He finished 27-44, for 252 yards and an interception.  Former pro-bowl running back Michael Turner only managed a pedestrian 42 yards on 19 carries, his lowest yards per carry since the 2008 season.

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant made three out of four field goals, with a long of 49 yards.

INJURY REPORT

Cardinals:

  • RB Beanie Wells (Knee) – Limited practice
  • RB Jason Wright (Toe) – Full practice
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald (Knee) – Full practice 
  • WR Early Doucet (Groin) – Did not practice
  • DE Kenny Iwebema (Knee) – Limited practice
  • S Hamza Abdullah (Hamstring) – Limited practice

Falcons:

  • WR Michael Jenkins (Shoulder) – Did not practice
  • T Tyson Clabo (Ankle) – Full practice
  • C Joe Hawley (Hip) – Full practice
  • CB Dunta Robinson (Knee) – Full practice
  • CB Brian Williams (Hamstring) – Full practice
  • CB Christopher Owens (Knee) – Full practice
  • CB Dominique Franks (Not injury related) – Did not practice
  • S Erik Coleman (Knee) – Did not practice

GAME NOTES

  • The game will begin at 10am, Arizona Time, in the Georgia Dome
  • This is the first meeting between these two teams since December 23, 2007, where the Cardinals defeated Falcons 30-27, on an overtime field goal by former kicker Neil Rackers.
  • The last time Arizona played Atlanta at the Georgia Dome, the Cardinals lost 6-3
  • The Cardinals lead the Falcons, 14-10, in regular season matchups but are only 6-9 in the Georgia Dome.

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