Cardinals vs. Rams: 5 things to watch for in Week 12

After losing to a division rival, I understand if you want to never talk about the Cardinals again.  And after a loss to a division rival like the San Francisco 49ers, I understand if you want to burn anything that has to do with Arizona football.

But believe it or not, you should still watch the games.  And if you decide to listen to me and turn on the TV today to watch the Cardinals take on the St. Louis Rams, here are 5 things to watch for.

1) The QB's

If Kevin Kolb is starting, he'll be looking to finally close any talk on a QB controversy in the desert, so look for him to come out playing aggresively.  If John Skelton gets the start, he'll be looking to shake off a bad start against the 49ers and rebound against an injury-stricken Rams Defense.  And on the Rams side, QB Sam Bradford isn't having the season he was expected to have, so watch for him to try to break out against a Cardinals Defense that has been performing exceptionally well in the past few games.

2) Beanie Wells

After getting off to a great start to the season, RB Beanie Wells has cooled off in the last few games.  Playing against an injury-stricken Rams Defense, look for him to break out of his slump.

3) David Carter

With Dan Williams out for the season with a broken arm, rookie David Carter will now step in to the staring NT role.  Carter has been another late round gem from Coach Whiz and Co., so look for him to step up and make some big plays.

4) Larry Fitzgerald

Fitz caught the team's only TD last week agaisnt the 49ers, pulling one in from Richard Bartel in the 4th Quarter.  Look for him to break away from the injury-hit Rams secondary, and look for him to have a big game.

5) Early Doucet

I know I listed him as someone to watch for the last time I did this when we played the Rams, but Doucet has quietly put up an impressive season of his own.   He's been one of Kolb's favorite targets all season.  If Kolb plays, watch for Doucet to put up a TD or two of his own.

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