Thursday, January 14, 2010

2010 NFL Playoff Preview: Divisional Round – Cardinals at Saints

The 2010 NFL Playoffs continue this weekend with action Saturday and Sunday. After a 2-2 performance in predicting last weekend’s results, I’ll gaze into my crystal ball once again and try to prognosticate the outcome of each game, while also providing you with an in-depth preview and broadcast information. Saturday’s coverage begins on FOX with their FOX NFL Sunday pregame show beginning before the Arizona-New Orleans contest.

Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints, Saturday, 4:30pm ET, FOX
Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston in the booth. Tony Siragusa on the field.

The Arizona Cardinals were an offensive juggernaut in their wild victory over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Even though they won the game with a defensive touchdown, for the most part their defense was offensive.

The Cardinals allowed Aaron Rodgers to throw the ball at will and had no answer for a Green Bay offense that was absolutely on fire until they finally forced a fumble in the overtime. That could spell trouble heading into New Orleans, where the Saints and Drew Brees led the league in scoring this season.

The Saints match a strong offense with an impressive defense. The Cardinals were able to do almost anything they wanted against Green Bay, with Kurt Warner throwing five touchdown passes with only four incompletions. Things may be different this time around, though. The Saints were 3rd in the NFL with 26 interceptions this season and have an intimidating secondary.

It will certainly be an interesting battle between the efficient and prolific Kurt Warner and the Saints’ strong defense. What will probably tip this one in favor of New Orleans is the advantage their offense has over a weak-looking Arizona defense.

Prediction: Saints 34, Cardinals 24

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