Five to Watch: AZ Cardinals at Chicago Bears
Bryant McFadden; Adrian Wilson (Getty)
Bryant McFadden; Adrian Wilson (Getty)
AZRedReport.com, Publisher
Posted Nov 7, 2009


The Arizona Cardinals march into Soldier Field on Sunday in hopes of taking care of the Chicago Bears and once again holding down a .500 record. For all their differences, the Cardinals and Bears hold a few similarities as well. AZRedReport.com's Amberly Dressler dishes out the top-five players who can exploit the Bears differences and similarities.

1. WR LARRY FITZGERALD: This Madden-cover Pro Bowl receiver is due for a big week. He's struggled to connect on big plays. This is the week that something has to give. But the Bears secondary is a threat. On average, they allow less than 200 passing yards per game. The Bears pass defense surpasses the Cardinals', which allows 233 yards per game on average.

Fitzgerald looked to Chad Ochocinco for advice about the Bears secondary. The headline-grabber Ochocinco described the Bears as tough but not without holes. Fitzgerald will need to milk the gaps for all their worth to get back on track.

2. SS ADRIAN WILSON: The Cardinals longest-tenured player can reap havoc on the Bears offense. He enters the Chicago matchup after a soft performance against the Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals will look to Wilson to bring everything, including the kitchen sink, to Chicago. If Wilson plays half as well as he did against the New York Giants in Week 7, the Cardinals will hybernate the Bears.

The Bears consider themselves a running football team, but they rank 26th in the league with less than 100 rushing yards per game. Wilson will jump at the chance to decrease their average even lower. The Cardinals shouldn't call the kettle black though. They rank last in the league, averaging 64.9 rushing yards per game.

Levi Brown
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3. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL: The Cardinals are leaning more and more on Campbell's athleticism and size (6'8", 290) to pressure opposing quarterbacks. Campbell could easily add to his three-sack count against Jay Cutler. He can also get his hands up in the air with the best of them to tip passes. Campbell's pressure will open up opportunities for interceptions. Cutler is more than prone to getting picked off. He has the second-most interceptions of any NFL quarterback with 11. He sits behind Jake Delhomme who has 13.

4. TACKLES MIKE GANDY AND LEVI BROWN: The Cardinals offensive line can be a mixed bag. Gandy and Brown often shoulder much of the blame. Gandy gets beat a lot and Brown still racks up penalty yards against the Cardinals. A good game by these two players will go a long way in the Midwest.

5. RB BEANIE WELLS: Expect the first-rounder to receive double-digit carries for the third time this season. The Cardinals continue to chip away at establishing a dead-last running game. Wells has shown his power in the past few weeks. He should earn plenty of opportunities against the Bears to help the Cardinals cause.


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