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Cardinals vs. Bengals preview: Matchups that matter

Let's take yet another look at this game.

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The Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals play tonight on Sunday Night Football. Both team are among the league's elite. Let's see some of the matchups that matter.

Cardinals scoring offense vs. Bengals scoring defense

Arizona is the league's second-highest scoring team. Cincinnati is the league's best defense in points allowed. Arizona has scored more touchdowns than anyone. Cincinnati has allowed less than anyone else in the league. Something's gotta give, something's gotta give, something's gotta give.

A.J. Green vs. Patrick Peterson

Green is one of the league top receivers. He is ninth in the league in receiving yards and has scored four touchdowns. Peterson has shut down pretty much every player he has lined up against this season. Green has a reputation for disappearing against top corners, whether that is getting covered well or his team simply throwing the ball to other receivers. This should be a fun one to watch.

Marvin Jones vs. Jerraud Powers

This might be the more important matchup. Peterson might take out Green, but Jone is very good. Powers has looked great sometimes this season and has looked bad at times. This is where the Cardinals could get beat.

Cardinals offensive line vs. Cincinnati pass rush

Arizona has allowed only 14 sacks this season. The Bengals have sacked opposing quarterbacks 26 times. They have a defensive line that gets a lot of pressure, particularly from the inside.

Alex Okafor vs. Eric Winston

It has been a while since Okafor collected a sack and he will face a tackle Cardinals fans will recall wasn't great in pass protection. He has had a fine career, but he can be beat.

Andy Dalton vs. prime time

He has a reputation for wilting under the bright lights of prime time. Can he shine?

Carson Palmer vs. history

This is a "revenge game" of sorts, even though he has already played his former team before. Can he keep his emotions in check and play effective football? Can he carve up a Bengals defense like he did against a very good Seattle defense?