It's Week 5 in the NFL and the ever dreaded Bye Weeks are in full swing. Luckily, neither the Cardinals, nor the Panthers (obviously) are not effected by it. Let's take a look at who you should start and bench for this weeks matchup.
Ted Ginn: He's a playmaker. He scored a touchdown of 40+ yards in Week 2 and 3 and is that deep threat to compliment the right arm of Cam Newton. Ginn will match up with Jerraud Powers because Peterson will likely match up with Steve Smith (also a guy you will want to start). Ginn also adds an element as a kick and punt returner, and will be used to try and get the Panthers run game going against the 2nd rated run defense in the league.
Cardinals Defense: I was a pessimist of this unit heading into the season, but they have continued to impress. No they're not that flare of a defense that Ray Horton built, but they make their plays and they keep the play in front of them. The secondary is the weak spot, primarily in covering the tight ends, but with the return of Daryl Washington, that should be fixed. Look for this unit to get plenty more pressures with his return.
Tyrann Mathieu & Daryl Washington:
Mathieu is slated to get a second straight start, and in four games this year has racked up 29 tackles, two passes defended, a pick, and a forced fumble. D-Wash is returning from a four game suspension, and coach Arians has already named him the starter alongside Karlos Dansby. He'll add a pass rush ability up the middle, and will get a chance to cover the tight ends that have caused this defense loads of trouble.
Rashard Mendenhall: This should speak for itself. Mendenhall struggled mightily last week, fumbling twice, and lost the ball once. Over four games, Mendenhall has managed a meager 176 yards and one touchdown. Since Week 2 he has not been able to surpass 30 yards rushing, with 29 and 21 yards respectively. This is not a sign of a depth change yet, but I don't expect him to find much running room against the sixth rated run defense, allowing 3.7 yards per carry.
Carson Palmer: After an excellent Cardinals debut against the Rams, Palmer has struggled in his last three match ups, combined for 2 touchdowns and 5 picks. and 227 yards on average. He is pitted against the 21st ranked pass defense, which is a plus, but after a changing of the guard at left tackle, it's best to take precautions.
So what do you think? Anyone you would add to this list? Best of luck to you this week!