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Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2009 6:37 pm | Updated: 1:30 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A few weeks ago, this looked like an easy win for the Cardinals. But the Titans have won four straight games since starting 0-6 and they’re talking confidently about running the table the rest of the season.

Cards, Titans put win streaks on the line

 THE SKINNY

A few weeks ago, this looked like an easy win for the Cardinals. But the Titans have won four straight games since starting 0-6 and they’re talking confidently about running the table the rest of the season.

Cards, Titans put win streaks on the line

The story line is about the quarterbacks. Has Kurt Warner fully recovered from the concussion he suffered against St. Louis? If not, how will Matt Leinart fare in his stead?

On the other side, Vince Young has resuscitated his dormant career and, amazingly, looks like the quarterback the Titans thought they had taken with the third overall pick in the 2006 draft.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1. The Cardinals’ first priority defensively has to be containment on running back Chris Johnson, who leads the NFL in rushing with 1,242 yards and is averaging an astounding 6.2 yards per carry.

Johnson is a burner; if Arizona lets him get into the secondary, he can turn an off-tackle run into a 60-yard touchdown.

Because Tennessee’s passing game is mediocre, expect the Cardinals to employ safety Adrian Wilson on the line of scrimmage nearly every play.

2. Vince Young has been doing as much damage with his legs as his right arm. In last week’s 20-17 victory over Houston, Young rushed for 73 yards on 11 carries. Arizona will have to maintain its gap control so Young doesn’t get open lanes in which to run.

3. Warner practiced all week and likely will start, but the Cardinals have to limit the hits he takes, whether that’s with maximum protection or even more of an emphasis on the short passing game.

Concussions are tricky; another blow to the head could lead to further injury and jeopardize Warner’s availability the next couple of weeks.

Cardinals at Titans

When: 2:15 p.m. Sunday

Where: LP Field, Nashville

TV/Radio: Channel 10/KTAR (620 AM)

Records: Arizona 7-3, Tennessee 4-6

STARTING LINEUPS

Cardinals offense

WR Larry Fitzgerald

LT Mike Gandy

LG Reggie Wells

C Lyle Sendlein

RG Deuce Lutui

RT Levi Brown

TE Stephen Spach

WR Anquan Boldin

QB Kurt Warner

RB Tim Hightower

FB Dan Kreider

Cardinals defense

DE Calais Campbell

DT Bryan Robinson

DE Darnell Dockett

OLB Chike Okeafor

MLB Karlos Dansby

MLB Gerald Hayes

OLB Clark Haggans

RCB Bryant McFadden

LCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

SS Adrian Wilson

FS Antrel Rolle

Titans offense

WR Nate Washington

LT Michael Roos

LG Eugene Amano

C Kevin Mawae

RG Jake Scott

RT David Stewart

TE Bo Scaife

WR Justin Gage

QB Vince Young

FB Ahmard Hall

RB Chris Johnson

Titans defense

LDE William Hayes

LDT Jovan Haye

RDT Tony Brown

RDE Kyle Vanden Bosch

LB David Thornton

MLB Stephen Tulloch

LB Keith Bulluck

RCB Cortland Finnegan

LCB Nick Harper

SS Chris Hope

FS Michael Griffin

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