Packers vs. Cardinals: What to expect from Arizona tonight

Scott Allen, the blogger for the Arizona Cardinals, had these answers in response to the questions I shot him about the Cardinals vs. Packers preseason matchup tonight, Friday, Aug. 19 (why does the NFL play on Friday nights?)

Anyway, here’s what he had to say:

• Was the addition of former Packers guard Daryn Colledge to the Cardinals a
good move? Is he pegged as the immediate starter?
Any addition to the Cards O-Line is fantastic.  The O-Line is a major deficiency.  It used to always be that way and got better over the past few yrs only to digress last season again.  Colledge is a great pickup and anything less than him starting means nothing but shear disappointment.
• Is Kevin Kolb the answer at quarterback for the Cardinals?
He’d better be.  The Cards paid a pretty good price to get him.  With a long off-season of rumors and build-up, he doesn’t need to be Moses, but he’d better be able to lead to a promised land as far as many fans are concerned.  I just want him to win.  Doesn’t need to be a world beater, just win NFL games, at least put the team in position to win every Sunday.
• What are the Cardinals’ biggest strengths and weaknesses this season?
Strengths: Tough call.  On offense, receiver is good at the number one with Larry Fitzgerald.  There is a good in-camp fight for number 2.  Running game has possibilities, and quarterback.  Kolb immediately brings respect back to the position for the Cards.
Weaknesses:  See question one with the offensive line.  Lack of experienced depth at the corners.  A solid pass rush.  An inconsistent linebacking core.
• What do the Cardinals need to do to have a chance at the West Division
crown?
Keep Kolb, Todd Heap, and Fitz healthy.  O-Line needs to block to help make that happen.  With the state of the other three teams, it shouldn’t be a stretch for them to think they can re-gain the division title.  St. Louis will keep getting better.  San Francisco can’t win it with their quarterback situation.  Neither can Seattle.
• How much playing time will we expect from the Cardinals’ starters for the
Friday game with the Packers?
My best guess, probably into the second quarter.  Might even see some of them for the entire first half.  Of course I thought Kolb would play into the second last week and he only played two series.  It will all depend on how the game is flowing.
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