Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots, September 16, 2012: Fan Preview

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Last season the New England Patriots' defense left much to be desired. After their performance against the Tennessee Titans on September 9, it appears as if New England has a suitable compliment to their already dominant offense led by Tom Brady. If it can last, it is never too early to start talking about another Super Bowl appearance.

The Arizona Cardinals walked away with a win last week against the Seattle Seahawks but lost starting quarterback John Skelton in the process. Veteran Kevin Kolb will likely get the start under center for the Cardinals.

New England enters this matchup with essentially every advantage and should dominate on both sides of the ball. It would not be fair to completely discount the Cardinals in this game, as wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is always dangerous. If he can develop quick chemistry with Kolb, they certainly can put some points on the board.

For the Patriots defense, hopefully rookies Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones can make another huge impact similar to last week. If that were the case, consider the Cardinals done for. Barring tragedy, Brady has the offense covered.

The matchup:

The New England Patriots will take on the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium located in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 1 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

New England enters the contest with a 1-0 record and in second place in the AFC East. They are 0-0 when playing at home and are 1-0 against NFC teams this season.

Arizona enters the contest with a 1-0 record and in first place in the NFC East. They are 0-0 when playing on the road and are 0-0 against AFC teams this season.

The series:

The regular season all-time series record stands at 6-6.

Where to watch:

The game will be televised on the FOX network. Check your local television listings for broadcasts in your area.

Medical Watch: (PUP-physically unable to perform, IR-injured reserve, O-out, D-doubtful, Q-questionable, P-probable)

New England: Myron Pryor (shoulder, PUP), Jake Ballard (knee, PUP), Brad Herman (Achilles, IR), Spencer Larsen (undisclosed, IR), Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring, IR), Dane Fletcher (knee, IR), Will Allen (undisclosed, IR), Josh Barrett (undisclosed, IR), Jamey Richard (concussion, IR), Jeff Demps (leg, IR), Markus Zusevics (pectoral, O), Daniel Fells (shin, Q), Sebastian Vollmer (back, Q), Shane Vereen (foot, Q), Daniel Connolly (head, Q), Sterling Moore (knee, Q), Nick McDonald (shoulder, Q), Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring, Q), Patrick Chung (shoulder, P).

Arizona: Javarris James (knee, IR), Levi Brown (triceps, IR), Jeremy Bridges (thumb, IR), Richard Bartel (shoulder, IR), John Skelton (ankle, O), Rashad Johnson (thigh, Q), Adrian Wilson (ankle, Q), Patrick Peterson (groin, Q), Adam Snyder (elbow, P), Jay Feely (back, P), O'Brien Schofield (knee, P), Ryan Williams (knee, P), Jamell Fleming (shoulder, P), Lyle Sendlein (back, P), Chris Wells (knee, P), Gregory Toler (hip, P), Daryn Colledge (elbow, P), Jeff King (knee, P), Kerry Rhodes (foot, P).

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Sources:

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Paul Rados is an avid New England Patriots fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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