These came to mind while looking ahead to the Vikings-Cardinals game Sunday:
Tarvaris Jackson burned Arizona for four touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 135.5 rating during the Vikings' 35-14 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium last season. How might Brett Favre fare?
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen had 2.0 sacks against Arizona in that 2008 game. He has 42.5 sacks in 41 games over the last two-plus seasons. He'll be matched against Cardinals left tackle Mike Gandy, who is battling injury, or backup Jeremy Bridges.
Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner still doesn't feel right after taking a hit to the head in Week 11. Beating the Vikings without Warner seems unlikely. Putting Warner at risk against such a fearsome pass rush seems unwise.
The Cardinals are a good team, but this matchup seems problematic in key areas. The Cardinals generally struggle against teams with elite individual pass-rushers. The Vikings are such a team.