Sunday, October 27, 2013
3 things to watch for against Atlanta
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Sunday’s game against Atlanta is chock full of storylines. There’s John Abraham's first game against his old team, Rashard Mendenhall's team, the Cardinals getting back to .500. Here are three other storylines to keep an eye on during the game.
1. Bobby Massie could finally play: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians hinted toward the second-year right tackle seeing the field on Monday but he reaffirmed the possibility on Friday. But there hasn’t been a discussion with either Massie or starting right tackle Eric Winston.
Arians said Massie would see the field for at least a series.
“We’re hoping,” Arians said. “We’ll see how the game goes. I’d like to get him in and get some action. He’s looked good for the past couple weeks.”
2. Wanted: Fast Starts: All week, the Cardinals talked about getting off to a fast start against the Falcons. It’s happened just once this season, when Arizona scored a touchdown on its first drive in New Orleans. We all know what happened after that.
Arians said he asked each guy to change whatever they do between the Cards’ 11 a.m. walkthrough on Saturday to kickoff. Time will only tell if that works
Quarterback Carson Palmer said fast starts will come if the Cardinals are error-free on the first 15-30 plays, which are scripted.
3. Active or inactive?: It’s a game that’s been played in the press box all season. Will running back Ryan Williams be activated to play or not. It hasn’t happened yet and with starter Rashard Mendenhall likely not playing, the Cardinals are left with three running backs, two of which – rookies Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor – will handle the majority of the workload.
Arians said the decision to activate Williams will be a game-time decision. And even if he dresses, the question becomes, will Williams get to play?