Maiocco's key matchups: 49ers vs. Cardinals
49ers vs. Cardinals
Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (1-1) head to Arizona to take on the NFC West rival Cardinals (2-0) in Week 3 of the 2014 regular season. Here are the premier matchups to watch on Sunday.
Mike Iupati vs. Calais Campbell
Iupati has produced an average start to his contract season. Campbell has gotten off to another strong start, as his outstanding play has helped the Cardinals (2-0) compensate for the loss of veteran defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. Campbell provides one of the stiffest challenges Iupati will face all season
Jimmie Ward vs. Larry Fitzgerald
Ward has played more than 70 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps in the first two games. On Sunday, he struggled in the red zone against Chicago’s 6-foot-4 wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Fitzgerald is not quite as big as Marshall, but he offers an equally imposing challenge for Ward.
Anquan Boldin vs. Antonio Cromartie
Boldin returns to face the Cardinals, the team for which he played his first seven NFL seasons. In December, he caught nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in a 49ers victory over Arizona. Cromartie, a three-time Pro Bowl player, has 28 career interceptions, and is off to a good start with the Cardinals with two passes broken up. He has given up just three receptions for 20 yards through two games.