The Cardinals are hopeful of having the full services of three key defenders Sunday when they take…
Five to Watch: Cowboys at Cardinals
Eleven-year veteran Warner is an emotional leader, he always has been. But after the New York Jets game, when he threw a pass to Anquan Boldin, who got pummeled at the other end on, he was ready to call it quits. Warner did more than rebound in week five. He earned his second best quarterback rating of the season (107.3), threw a pair of touchdown passes and avoided being sacked. Begging the question, will he ever retire?
The Cardinals certainly hope it won't be soon. He sits in the top-three of almost every passing ranking in the league and leaves the field to chants of "MVP, MVP."
This week, Warner will take on the Dallas Cowboys' defense that is mediocre on pass defense. America's team has let its opponents pass for 210.2 yards a game, which is nearly smack dab in the middle as far as league standings go (17th). The Cowboys have picked off a quarterback just one time all season.
Problem lies in the Cowboys ability to drop the signal caller. They sit No. 6 in the NFL with 14 sacks. The Cardinals boast 15 on the season (third overall).
Sunday's game will give Warner the opportunity to demonstrate to the league that he's still has that special something that makes him one of the elite quarterbacks in the business on the largest stage the Cardinals have seen this season.
2. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
A big question mark surrounding Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is his physicality, can he tackle? He's provided a few big hits that have people nodding yes, but six weeks into his rookie season could be the biggest test.
There will be no switching to offense or any other tricks up the Cardinals sleeves if Rodgers-Cromartie starts in place of Roderick Hood who has a sore groin and could be out on Sunday.
Rodgers-Cromartie has appeared in all five games and compiled seven tackles. If he can pull off a pick against Terrell Owens or wrap up Marion Barber, he can sketch his name into the big-time defensive backs in the league similar to the way his cousin Antonio Cromartie came out of nowhere in 2007 for the San Diego Chargers.
3. WR Steve Breaston
Boldin will likely be out one more week, which gives Steve Breaston a chance to prove the past few weeks haven't been flukes. Breaston is second in the league when it comes to receiving yards by a second-year player.
4. DE Travis LaBoy
LaBoy has been a monstrous addition to the Arizona Cardinals. Expect LaBoy to be turned loose on QB Tony Romo who sits right behind Warner in passing yards per game with 273.6. LaBoy has compiled four sacks in five games.
5. DT Gabe Watson
Watson made his season debut under the radar last week against the Buffalo Bills, but he returned to the lineup in time to get a sack and a single solo tackle. Watson could possibly start as Bryan Robinson has gotten one sack in five games and Robinson is likely better at end anyway.
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