Cardinals vs. 49ers: What’s the Game Plan for Arizona?

November 28, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL regular-season schedule says the Arizona Cardinals are playing the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon, but the Cardinals will mostly be trying to avoid beating themselves.
The first meeting this season between the two NFC West rivals ended in a 47-7 Cardinals victory, and there's no reason to suggest San Francisco is prepared to turn the tables. While a similarly eye-popping scoreline isn't to be expected, Arizona should have no trouble maintaining control of this game from start to finish.
Given the significant talent disparity between the two teams, not to mention the familiarity of San Francisco as an opponent, we'll instead concentrate the energy of this piece on two things in particular to watch out for—one on each side of the ball. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians doesn't listen to me anyway.
Here are the two big things I'll be watching on Sunday, as well as the key players and matchups on which to keep an eye.
Offensive Game Pl...

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