Scott Allen, the editor of Raising Zona, took some time today to answer some questions we had about the Cardinals and how he feels heading into Sunday’s Lambeau Field showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. Here is what Scott had to say about what he feels will be a one-sided affair …
Q. The Cardinals got off to an incredibly hot start with Kevin Kolb as their starting quarterback, but could that hot start be just as much attributable to an aggressive defense that took the ball away and helped turn games for the Cards? It could to a point.
A. I think you could make that argument in the wins over New England and Philadelphia. Kolb has been a game manager though. He almost lost the Miami game, but found a way to help his team win at the end.
Q. Speaking of the defense – the Cardinals and Packers are tied with 26 team sacks and both employ the 3-4 defense. Having to practice against that defensive scheme, do you think both teams’ offenses will have an advantage? In other words, could this be a shootout?
A. The only shooting the Cards will be doing is to themselves in the foot. There is absolutely no way this will be a shootout. The Cards have scored just 36 points in their four October losses. To think they can score that in one game is just impossible. They squander too many scoring opportunities. Bad play calling comes into factor as well.
Q. We know about the Cards’ stars like Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and up-and-comer Daryl Washington, but tell us about a couple of players who may be flying under the radar, but contributing to the team’s success. A. Consistently, it’s hard to find someone on either side of the ball.
A. On offense wide receiver Andre Roberts can make plays. He is second on the team in receptions behind Fitz with 36 catches and five touchdowns. On defense outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield can get after it.
Q. John Skelton has shown flashes of brilliance, but is coming off of one of his worst games last Monday Night. Tell us about his strengths and weaknesses and what he needs to do to succeed against the Packers.
A. It is really tough to find strengths. I guess the best thing I could find to say about him is he can usually take a hit and keep on ticking. He doesn’t give up, I’ll give him that. He in my mind is still that 3-4 year project he was supposed to be two years ago. He hold the ball too long and air mails his passes quite often. There never seems to be a sense of urgency when things go wrong and some of that blame can be placed on coaches. His overall record as a starter is completely overrated.
Q. How will the Cardinals approach this game from an offensive standpoint. Will they try to run the ball to set up the pass or do you think they will attack the Packers depleted defensive backfield?
A. Well, as soon as they run the ball eight times for minus 15 yards, they’ll abandon the run, just like they did on Monday night. They’ll use the sack to set up the pass. I promise you, even a depleted Packers defense will get 2-3 turnovers from Skelton. I imagine they will change nothing. You’ll see a lot of the same things you saw Monday night.
Q. Give us your thoughts on how you feel this game will go … and include a final score.
A. This one will be over early. I expect it to be Green Bay 14-0 in a blink of an eye early on. Final score prediction: Green Bay 41 Arizona 13