A glance at five top storylines for Sunday’s Cardinals-Falcons game at University of Phoenix Stadium:
- Watching Palmer
The offensive line will be under scrutiny as usual, but it’s clear that quarterback
- As always, 5>3
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was intercepted five times by the Cardinals in last year’s game in Atlanta. This year, Ryan has just three interceptions in six games. The Cards would like to have him revert to the guy they harassed last year. It’s no guarantee – don’t forget last year, Ryan’s no-TD, five-pick game still ended in a 23-19 Falcons win – because the Cards’ offense has to do something with the ball. But I heard a recent stat that a home team that ends up plus-one in the turnover department wins 87 percent of the time in the NFL. That’s pretty powerful evidence.
- Tony Gonzalez, another killer tight end
- Abraham against his former mates
- The business of playing at home
Someone asked Palmer this week about the importance of taking care of business at home. “I kind of let my wife take care of business at home as much as possible,” he deadpanned. Ah, but this is no laughing matter now. If the Cards seriously want to remain in a playoff hunt – which is still very possible, given the schedule and the lump of teams in the middle of the NFC pack – they need to win their home games. The Falcons aren’t at full strength but they are still a quality team.