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    The National Football Post | National Football Post Diner News

    interesting note on cards passing on 1st down.
     
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    hmmm...the piece is by Kent Somers...Arizona Republic...pretty smart analysis of both teams and an objective view of the game...definitely wouldn't get a job at the Herald or ESPN...
     
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    This part below is Lombardi, the 1st section above is Somers:
     
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    This is stating the obvious, but whether or not Boldin plays will have a huge impact. Arizona has no running game - they rank dead last in the NFL with 73 yards per game, and Edgerrin James was benched in favor of Tim Hightower and his 2.9 yards per carry. Teams have difficulty scheming for both Boldin and Fitzgerald, and though Steve Breaston is good, there's a huge dropoff from Boldin to Jerheme Urban.

    Hopefully Boldin does not play. I'll be interested in seeing what kind of game plan the Pats have to limit the effectiveness of Fitzgerald, and who covers Breaston.
     
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    The Pats MUST get pressure on Warner - he's a fumble waiting to happen if pressured. If not pressured he can pick you apart. D Line needs to step up this day so they can take advantage in case Santa (Dallas) gives them an early Christmas present.
     
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    While I agree, remember that the Pats beat him in the SB without commiting to pressure but by taking Faulk his binky away. Of course those Pats had a better secondary and that's why this year's Warner needs to be pressured.
     
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    Warren out of practice today. hope he plays.could be huge for the pass rush.
     
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    Actually I believe Warren said to the press that he will only be playing running downs for the rest of the year. Something to do with his injury. Of course, though, having him anytime is a great help to our defense.
     
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    This game will not only be played in the snow, but the wet snow. Temps will be just near freezing. That means a very heavy ball, hard to throw and catch.

    I contend that when it's a bit colder out there and the snow is powdery, passing is actually easier than it will be in Sunday's conditions. With powdery snow, the ball doesn't get as wet, it's lighter (though harder) and a player who knows where he's going can get some space. It's much harder to cut on the powdery stuff because it's slippery.

    A big receiver like Fitzgerald could make a few comebacks that are wide open, ala David Patten in the 2001 Raiders game. We need two guys on him, one to bump him on the line short, and another to guard downfield. Otherwise, they'll use the pass as a running game and eat us alive.

    Running is actually more difficult in snowy conditions because the RB can't make quick cuts. If the defense holds their ground, they shut down the running game. Defenders can get pushed back because they can't get a grip, and that's why I think our D should be more aggressive than usual. Snow is not good for reading and reacting. It's a momentum game. You take an angle and you just keep flowing that way.

    I'm sure our coaches know what to do in the snow.
     
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    Well. BB was asked yesterday abt it and said this

     
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    well if its windy then it might effect the passing along with the snow and sleet. it could end up like the game last yr vs the jets . Regardless, they need to hold on to the ball and hope warner's fumblitis continues.i actually think wisenhunt might put leinhart in this game.
     
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    Yup, forgot about the wind. In that case, the only passes you'll see will be of the very short variety. Field position game.
     
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