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What to watch in Cards' exhibition game

8/28/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Among the things I'll want to watch when the Cardinals face the Packers in their exhibition matchup Friday night:

  • Warner in the red zone. The Cardinals haven't gotten much going on offense in the red zone. One or two touchdowns would suffice.

  • Return game. LaRod Stephens-Howling has made a strong case on returns. Another long one would make it tougher for the Cardinals to settle on 53 without him.

  • Matt Leinart. The No. 2 job is his, pretty much, but he could use another good game for the sake of perceptions.

  • Beanie Wells. The first-round draft choice can make fans forget about a disappointing camp cut short by injury. One big play makes everything OK.

  • Pass defense. The Cardinals have set out to reduce big pass plays allowed. If they allow any in this game, look for clues to see who might have been at fault.