The field crew plowed the field about 15 minutes before the game to remove the snow that accumulated in the hour since removing the tarp, and it was pretty significant. We watched Kurt Warner warm up with his receivers (Anquan Boldin will not be one of them, he’s inactive with a shoulder injury) and it was clear that the conditions were affecting them. Warner threw several passes behind receivers on sideline routes, there were dropped passes and receivers were slipping considerably at the beginning of their routes trying to get off the line of scrimmage. I imagine it won’t be easy for the defensive backs to run backward either.
An interesting note on the Cardinals running game, which is currently ranked dead last in the league: Without J.J. Arrington in the mix today (knee injury), we may see some more of Edgerrin James. If you haven’t been following his travails, he was benched in the seventh game of the season and replaced by Tim Hightower, and since then he has just seven carries for 15 yards. If you want an unlikely hero in this game, he’d be it. James has averaged 105.6 rushing yards per game in the nine games he’s played against the Patriots.
The Cardinals are averaging just 73.1 rushing yards per game and have the most unbalanced offense in the league.
As an aside, while the Pats cheerleaders may have the Santa hats on, the Cards look like they are in the Christmas spirit in their red and white uniforms in the snow.
– Kara Henderson reporting from New England.