Three Things To Watch: Cardinals vs. Patriots

Sunday Night Football and NBC have to be pretty upset right now. They have been licking their chops at this first Sunday night game since the schedule was announced. Poised to be a huge game, they had two teams with very high expectations pitted against each other. With multiple starters missing for the Patriots offense, it is not looking to stack up as competitively as it did before the injuries and suspensions.

Regardless of the competitiveness of the game here are some things to watch on Sunday night.

1. Will Jimmy Garoppolo be able to pick on rookie corner, Brandon Williams?

Knowing Peterson is on one side and Tyrann Mathieu is in the slot, Garoppolo would be wise to choose a rookie to throw at. Williams will be challenged all day and he will give up some catches. It is important that he make the most of any  opportunity to get his hands on the ball.

2.What does Honeybadger 3.0 look like?

Tryann Mathieu has been one of the most valuable players on the Cardinals roster despite being sidelined with injuries his first three seasons. Will he be able to make the plays we expect of him or will he show some rust like he did coming of his first ACL injury?

3. Can Carson Palmer get it going?

After a poor preseason showing, Carson Palmer has to start his season like he did last year. Converting on third down, in the red zone and protecting the ball. The Patriots D is almost at full strength and is going to give us a good look at how Carson is going to play this year.

Let’s hope for the Cards to take advantage of the opportunity and take another step toward their much larger goals.

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