Game Scout: Cardinals Travel East to JAC
Karlos Dansby (Getty)
Karlos Dansby (Getty)

Posted Sep 18, 2009
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The Arizona Cardinals travel to the eastern time zone for the first time this year. Will they struggle with the time change again? What are the keys to the game? These answers and more...

Series: 3rd regular-season meeting. Jacksonville leads the series, 2-0. The teams are playing for the first time since 2005, when the Jaguars won, 24-17. The Jags also won in 2000, 44-10, in Jacksonville. The Cardinals are leaving on Friday for the Sunday game in order to adjust to the three-hour time change.

PREDICTION: Jaguars 19-14

KEYS TO THE GAME: With QB Kurt Warner struggling with his accuracy and several receivers battling nagging injuries, the Cardinals need to get their ground game untracked after rushing for just 21 yards last Sunday. That would set up play-action and create a lot of man coverage downfield for Warner to pick on. The Jaguars simply can't hold up in a shootout. QB David Garrard completed just five passes to wideouts last week and with the Cardinals likely to be aggressive in attacking the run, TE Marcedes Lewis must be a consistent target to complement the ground game and keep the chains moving.

FAST FACTS: The Raiders are 4-31 since 2004 when allowing an opposing player to rush for 100-plus yards. ... Croyle is 0-9 in his career as a starter.

JAGUARS PERSONNEL NEWS

--DE Quentin Groves saw limited duty in practice Thursday with a thigh injury.

--LB Daryl Smith saw limited duty in practice Thursday with a hip injury.

--TE Zach Miller didn't practice for the second consecutive day with a knee injury he suffered in training camp and isn't expected to play.

--CB Brian Witherspoon didn't practice for the second consecutive day with a hamstring injury. His status will be updated Friday.

--DE James Wyche was waived Thursday.

--DE Jeremy Navarre, a rookie, was promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

INSIDE THE OPPOSITION'S CAMP

Jaguars:

Torry Holt played for the Rams when they had a high-flying passing attack noted as The Greatest Show on Turf.

Now he's playing for a Jaguar team that has trouble throwing the ball.

So what is the difference?

Holt made some cryptic comments Thursday that suggested the Jaguars don't have the right approach to the game.

"Our approach was different and here we're trying to get that approach where everybody is thinking about their job and wanting to be good at their job," he said.

Holt said that approach "happens as soon as you wake up out of the bed. What are you in this game for? Just to be in the league to say you play for the Jaguars or you play for the Cardinals? What are you trying to get out of the game? I always want to be great."

Holt, though, said he didn't want to be critical of the Jaguars approach.

"I don't want to knock this ballclub. I don't want to knock what these guys have built up to this point. That's not what I'm trying to do. It just a matter of consistently doing it day in and day out. It's hard to do, but it can be done," he said.

Holt only had three catches in the 14-12 loss to the Colts in the opener and the wide receiver group caught a total of only five passes.

Playing for team that has trouble throwing the ball may be a difficult transition for Holt.



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