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The Key for Cards is Boldin

Posted on: January 10, 2009 11:33 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Anquan Boldin's hamstring is this game's most important player.

If Boldin plays and is effective, the Cardinals have a great chance to win. That's right, a great chance.

But only if he's healthy and only if he can do more than limp through his routes.

While receiver Larry Fitzgerald is the stick of dynamite that makes the Cardinals go boom, Boldin is the detonator. When Fitzgerald draws the inevitable double-team, it leaves Boldin one-on-one, and no corner in this league can cover Boldin one-on-one.

Boldin playing also prevents teams from loading up the line of scrimmage to stop the run.

He's one of the top five most underrated players in the sport.

Boldin hasn't practiced all week and I'd be stunned if he was able to be effective.

If he is, the Panthers will be in for a fight. If he is, this game won't be the blowout everyone is expecting.
Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2009 11:11 pm

The Key for Cards is Boldin

as i said............{as arizona is about to finalize their win in carolina}..anything can happen.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2009 10:37 pm
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2009 1:32 pm

The Key for Cards is Boldin

Boldin is extremely underated. I'm a Patriots fan by the way just so you don't think I'm some Cardinals homer. But Boldin might even be better than Fitzgerald, they are both definitely in the top 5 in the league maybe even top 3 with Andre Johnson.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2009 1:29 pm


a team who limps into the playoffs is different than a team finishing stong and dominating....the difference, they are in......when a squad like arizona gets a win in a playoff round they start to get that one intangible that sometimes makes a difference. "they believe they can win, and upset the world."...

warner may well be dusting his pants off all-day and mr smith and company may well explode for ridiculous numbers, but i think you and i have watched enough sports to know that strange things can happen when teams all of a sudden buy into a system, gel at the exact right time and all of a sudden start playing with a ton of cofidense...

arizona must play better than their best game of the year....they need some luck and they need to be perfect........i`ve seen it before and i love when i get to see it again from completely out of the blue..........alls i know is i can`t not watch, because when that happens {like when i missed last years superbowl} the improbable happens..

this article about boldin being the key is a bit off target...if one player in this game can make a singular impact it will be a panther. arizona needs a total game from the offense, defense and each special team.....its their only hope.......

if carolina wins it will be over early....38-14...if arizona upsets, 27-24..........


Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2009 1:10 pm

The Key for Cards is Boldin

Yes a great chance at winning this game. But they wont. Panthers 30-20

Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2009 12:52 pm

The Key for Cards is Boldin

Arizona has momentum? They virtually limped into the play-offs. And now the dreaded cross-country flight. Arizona stopped Turner but they won't stop the Carolina running tandem of Williams and Stewart and Mr. Smith just might shine. Carolina controls the clock and wins convincingly-Boldin or no Boldin. Warner will spend the day dusting off the back side of his pants. Now this is what makes football interesting----same game but two different opinions-----Well, at least one of us will be right----and I am not even a Carolina Panther fan.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2009 12:17 pm

The Key for Cards is Boldin

how exactly do you figure boldin is the key? im pretty sure he missed multiple games this year due to several injuries, and theres a guy named steve breaston who stepped up and went off like dynamite himself. people seem to forget the cardinals have THREE 1000 yard recievers. obviously boldin not playing would greatly hurt the cards, but their passing game is still above average without him. the key to this game is plain and simple. the cards D line has to contain williams and stewart. if they run wild, this game is over by halftime. if they can limit them i think the cards have a great chance of pulling off the upset.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2009 11:56 am

The Key for Cards is Boldin

Boldin is a great talent. geeze, watching him run after the catch is a sight..the same with fitzgerald. but i`m not sure he`s the "key."...

james getting touches for az and keeping the panthers defense honest is valuable. warner letting his playoff poise and experience shine through and leading his young squad is key...the arizona run defense coming up with a strategy to stop, or contain, deangelo williams...the arizona pass defense keeping track of where the heck steve smith is and containg his running after the catch is key....the battle of turnovers in this hostile environment is also key......starting field position, after the san diego game last week everyone now knows what a massive key that is.

as more members read this article they too will chime in with keys to this match-up outside of simply boldin being the key....he is explosive, yes. he`s fun to watch and he`s exciting to follow on the field, but the key to boldin is his health....he`s tough tough tough, but injuries like his are tender and you must handle them cautiously...trying to do too much too soon may well be a big key to his 2009 season...

love love love to see the cards win...its a great story for football. its good for football and the arizona fans deserve a winning football club..

this game won`t be a blowout no matter if he plays or not...not at this stage of the playoffs.....arizona has momentum, they have that "winning a playoff game" taste in their mouths.....carolina is favoured, but hey we all know "any given sunday"...or saturday in this case..

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