FOXBORO -- Even though the Arizona Cardinals have a mismatch to exploit every time they take the field with wideout Larry Fitzgerald, they'll enter Sunday's game trying to control the ball on the ground. Rod Graves, the Cardinals general manager told me during pregame that ball control is one of their keys to success on Sunday. The other big one is to stay as far away from mistakes as possible. Every team brings that hope into a game but some will feel that some mistakes are the cost of doing business. It sounded to me like the Cards will be a little conservative. Graves said that Kevin Kolb "had a very good week" of practice. But added that if the Cardinals are leaning too heavily on Kolb to go and win the game it's a bad sign because it's anindication they're trailing. When I mentioned that the scrutiny in New England this week was dedicated to the number of snaps and touches that Wes Welker had, Graves smiled and said, "Watch them throw it to him adozen times today."
The Patriots won't see the Panthers in the regular season, but their preseason game in Carolina on Friday night could serve as a good way to prepare for what they'll see starting in September.