This week's game in NoCal is going to be very interesting for NFL fans across the country. To the casual fan, it's a no brainer, Niners in a landslide. The reality is much different, case in point: Arizona at Philly. I don't think this fact has escaped Jim Harbaugh and SF will be prepared for Skelton and the Cardinals. That is the most likely battery they will face.
There is the possibility of Kevin Kolb taking the helm at QB, but that seems unlikely to me, given his 1-6 record.
In one case, I anticipate a hard fought win for the SF team, not a cake walk. Skelton will help his team put up the usual 20 points and the Niners will answer with their normal 27 points. That is if Whisenhunt stays true to form and relies on the pass heavy Offense, Niners win 20 to 27.
In another case, Kolb gets the start and reverts to his old habits. I see San Francisco pounding him in the backfield, causing him to turn the ball over. The Niners will control the ball through Time of Possession. The Cards go down 17 to 34.
The best hope the Cardinals have, is Skelton starting and implementing a run heavy Offense. This would mean going against Whiz's tendencies and forcing the Niners to stop the run. Arizona must run in the Red Zone and take control of the clock. If they can do, what no other team has been able to accomplish, score a rushing TD, the Cards will have a chance to win 20 to 17. The ground game will determine the winner.
The Cardinals' Defense have shown themselves capable. The difference in this game will be the determination and heart of these two Offenses and which Head Coach has the best gameplan.
Are the Cardinals' fans expecting Skelton to lead them in victory or does Kolb get the start and give Arizona the best odds for a win? Do the Cards even have a chance?