While waiting to hear about a key part of the Cardinals offense, here's a closer look at the defense the Panthers face Saturday.
We mentioned the Cards D this morning, and consider this nugget: Arizona held Atlanta to only 60 yards on the ground. Led by Michael Turner, the Falcons were the NFL's second-best rushing team during the regular season, averaging 152.7 yards a game. Against Arizona, they managed 2.5 yards a carry on 24 carries.
Of course, DeAngelo Williams ran for 108 yards when the Panthers beat the Cardinals 27-23 earlier this season, and he's even hotter now. Plus, the Panthers didn't have offensive tackle Jeff Otah and center Ryan Kalil for that game. Maybe a healthy line and a dominant D-lo -- plus that Panthers' home magic -- will do what the Falcons couldn't last weekend.
Even so, Fox and Co. can't ignore the Cards' clampdown on Turner. And if the Panthers take to the air, they face a D that delivered three sacks and two interceptions last week. No question Carolina will remain a heavy favorite, but the Cardinals already surprised one NFC South team this month.
UPDATE from St. Onge, 2:38 p.m.: A clue to the Cards' success on D? Defensive end Betrand Berry told Dan Patrick on his radio show today that Atlanta QB Matt Ryan didn't change his snap count all game Saturday. The Cards were able to time the snaps and get a great jump off the line, Berry said.
Not the kind of thing your coach wants you telling the nation (and your next opponent).