Week 4: Cardinals-Bucs matchupu analysis

Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
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Arizona Cardinals (1-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. - TV: FOX
*TV announcers: Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Molly McGrath
*Keys to the game: There was no ringing endorsement of rookie QB Mike Glennon from management on Wednesday, when he was installed as the starter and touted as a game manager. That should mean more of RB Doug Martin, who is likely licking his chops to see the Cardinals' mangled defense hit town. Arizona will have at least three subs in its front seven, including two new starters at outside linebacker. WR Vincent Jackson (ribs) might be limited, taking away the Bucs' top home-run threat against Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson. This is the kind of matchup Tampa wanted CB Darrelle Revis for -- assuming Larry Fitzgerald can shake hamstring tightness in the Florida sunshine. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer isn't getting much time to scan the field from the pocket, and Fitzgerald isn't explosive off the line. That could lead Palmer to WRs Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts, who have 23 combined catches. Tampa hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown and opponents are rushing for 107 yards per game, but hammering inside with RB Rashard Mendenhall keeps the Bucs' active and aggressive safety tandem honest.
*Matchup to watch - Buccaneers LT Donald Penn vs. Cardinals OLB John Abraham: Abraham, a situational player over the first three weeks, will see more playing time because of injuries. He has provided consistent pressure -- but no sacks -- this season. The former division foes during Abraham's days in Atlanta are very familiar with one another.
*Player spotlight - Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu: He was overmatched early and often by Saints TE Jimmy Graham last week, but Mathieu also picked off a pass in that game and is showing up around the ball consistently.
*Fast facts: Revis' teams are 16-2 when he has an interception. ... The Cardinals have been outscored 28-0 in the fourth quarter of their two losses.
Defense dominates, and Rian Lindell finally gives the Buccaneers a victory in a close game.
*Our pick: Buccaneers 18-16

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