While the Cardinals may be without the services of Pro Bowl wideout Anquan Boldin, backups Steve Breaston and Early Doucet could return to action. Additionally, Jerheme Urban is poised to acquire more responsibilities in the passing game and might be due for a breakout game if he starts opposite of Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is licking his chops to face a Jaguars' secondary that allowed WR Reggie Wayne to reel in 10 grabs for 162 yards and a touchdown last week.
On defense, the Cardinals will have their hands full with Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew complied 97 yards on 21 carries against the Colts and added five catches for 26 yards. Arizona managed to keep San Francisco RB Frank Gore under wraps for the majority of the game last week but could struggle to contain the shifty Jones-Drew due to his extreme versatility.
The Cardinals' pass rush racked up four sacks of QB Shaun Hill against the 49ers and will need a similar performance in order to contain Jaguars QB David Garrard throughout the afternoon. Garrard struggled in Indianapolis completing just 14-of-28 passes for 122 yards but returns to Jacksonville for the team's home opener. Look for the Jaguars to establish Jones-Drew early on in order to open up their passing attack as the game progresses.
Sunday's matchup in Jacksonville marks a critical point in Arizona's season just two weeks into the year. If the Cardinals are unable to prevail for a second consecutive week, they could be staring at a 0-3 start with Indianapolis next up on the schedule in Week 3. Look for Arizona to come out with an extreme sense of urgency, particularly after a relatively flat effort in the season opener against San Francisco.
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