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Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie vs. Falcons WR Roddy White: After quarterback Matt Ryan threw 23 passes in White's direction, the Falcons believe that the Cardinals may depart from their scheme and have Rodgers-Cromartie shadow White. "He may be the fastest corner on the clock in the NFL," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "He can recover." Rodgers-Cromartie usually lines up on the right side. White had 13 catches for 111 yards, so it makes sense that the Cardinals will try to clamp down on the run and try to take White away from the passing game. "That would be great," White said. "I will be up for the challenge."

Cardinals OLB Joey Porter vs. Falcons LT Sam Baker: The Falcons faced Porter last season when he played for the Dolphins. In that game he lined up mostly on the left and over right tackle Tyson Clabo. He's playing on the right side for the Cardinals. He can still come off the edge when he converts to a defensive end and rushes the passer. Baker was called for two holding penalties last week when he was doing battle with James Harrison. He'll need to do better against Porter, or the Falcons will have to send some help in blocking Porter.

Cardinals DT Calais Campbell vs. Falcons G Justin Blalock: Campbell is 6-foot-8 and has been developing. He has replaced Antonio Smith, who signed with the Houston Texans. "I have to give him a lot of credit, he’s worked very hard on his technique, which is very hard for a guy that tall playing defensive line to stay low," Whisenhunt said. "Obviously he’s grown into that position and become a very good player for us.” The Cardinals will move their line around and will use Darnell Dockett in all three spots along the line.

History lesson

* Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt played at Georgia Tech and spent part of his seven-year NFL career with the Falcons from 1985-88.

* This is the 25th regular-season meeting. The Cardinals lead the regular-season series 14-10.

* This is the first time the two teams have met since playing in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs Jan. 3, 2009. The Cardinals won 30-24 on their way to the Super Bowl. The Cardinals won the last meeting in Atlanta 30-27 in 2007.

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Oh if only we had signed Ken to be our head coach...instead of lame *** Mike Smith, At least he got his team to a superbowl. Mike Smith is Jim Mora all over again, he'll be gone within 2 yrs. He starting to make too many excuses...and eventually he and golden boy Ryan will have the team turn against them.

Why are you even hear? All you ever do is ***** and moan. If life is so bad for you, why don't you find a new hobby instead of pouting on a message board.

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Oh if only we had signed Ken to be our head coach...instead of lame *** Mike Smith, At least he got his team to a superbowl. Mike Smith is Jim Mora all over again, he'll be gone within 2 yrs. He starting to make too many excuses...and eventually he and golden boy Ryan will have the team turn against them.

Mike Smith is such a blow hard man, just all around wack.

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