Bill Belichick got one of his answers he was looking for in the Titans game. He found out that his defense can shut down a premier running back with speed cold in his tracks. Against Arizona this weekend, the question will be whether they can they shut down an elite receiver in Larry Fitzgerald. Starting quarterback John Skelton has an ankle sprain, so Kevin Kolb will be the guy to get Fitzgerald the ball.
Kolb came off the bench and orchestrated an 80-yard drive last week, going 6 of 8 for 66 yards, including the game-winning 6-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts with 4:59 to play.
The Patriots held Tennessee to 284 yards and 16 first downs in a 34-13 win in Week 1. While, they've prepared for both quarterbacks, Kolb looks to be the man Sunday as Skelton is listed as doubtful. The young Patriots defense are going with a more notable aggressive 4-3 than last year, where it was more of a modified 3-4.
Tom Brady will look to build on the offense's performance from a week ago. There should be a more concerted effort to get Brandon Lloyd the football more, as well as Wes Welker. Welker has moved to the number two receiver outside the hash marks, and is still adjusting to that role.
On the offensive line, after looking completely out of place at right tackle in the preseason, Marcus Cannon acquitted himself nicely in relief of Sebastian Vollmer. Vollmer started the game, but was spelled by Cannon as Vollmer's not in full condition yet.
The last time the Cardinals were in town was 2008, when they complained about the cold weather while losing 47-7.
September in New England is west coast friendly, so if the Cardinals want to play around, this is the time to do it. However, the Patriots should be ready for a familiar style transformed after a Pittsburgh style of play.