NFL PREVIEW: ARIZONA VS NEW ENGLAND
September 12, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-0)
CARDINALS: QB KEVIN KOLB completed 6 of 8 (75 pct.) for 66 yards & threw game-winning TD in relief last week. Is 3rd in NFL with 138.5 4th Q rating…RB BEANIE WELLS has rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 697 catches & can become youngest to reach 700. Since 2005, leads NFL in rec. yards (8,898) & rec. TDs (65). In last game vs. NE, had 3 catches for 101 yards (33.7 avg.) & TD. His 33.7 avg. was highest in his career for single game with 100+ yards. WR ANDRE ROBERTS had TD catch last week & has TD in 3 of past 5…Pass def. ranks 3rd in NFC (139.0 yards per game). S ADRIAN WILSON had INT last week. Is 1 of 5 S in NFL history with 20+ sacks (22.5) & 25+ INTs (27). CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON has 4 80+ yard PR-TDs in career & needs 1 to tie career record of 5 (DEVIN HESTER, ERIC METCALF). Avg. 15.3 yards per PR, highest among active players (min. 40 PR). Since 2007, DT DARNELL DOCKETT has 28.5 sacks, most by DT. LB DARYL WASHINGTON had sack last week. Is 1 of 5 NFL players with 6+ sacks (6) & 2+ INTs (2) since 2011. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has sack in 3 of past 6 games.
PATRIOTS: Club is 10-0 at Gillette Stadium in home openers…NE is 38-10 (.792) vs. NFC in reg. sea. under HC BILL BELICHICK. Belichick (193) needs win to surpass HOFer CHUCK KNOX (193) for 8th most among head coaches in NFL history…QB TOM BRADY registered 125th career win as starter last week & reached milestone in fewest starts (160) in NFL history. Has won 35 of past 36 starts at home with 75 TDs vs. 18 INTs & 106.2 passer rating. Has thrown TD pass in 33 straight games…RB STEVAN RIDLEY rushed for career-best 125 yards on 21 att. (6 avg.) & registered 2nd career TD run last week vs. Ten…WR WES WELKER (557) needs catch to surpass TROY BROWN (557) for most in club history…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 18 TD catches in past 17 games. TE AARON HERNANDEZ had 23-yard TD catch last week…Rookie DE CHANDLER JONES (No. 21 overall) registered FF vs. Ten., leading to 6-yard FR-TD by rookie LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER (No. 25 overall). Rookie CB TAVON WILSON (2nd round, No. 48) had INT in NFL debut.