Cardinals Vs. Chiefs: Arizona Hopes Defense Is Bulked Up

Aug 07, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Aaron Weaver (13) misses the pass as Arizona Cardinals defensive back Larry Parker (41) defends during the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals practice at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Sort of like the offensive side of the ball, fans of the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs both expect their defenses to be better in 2012. We know what the Chiefs have done defensively the last two years and where we hope they'll end up this year.

For Arizona, the defense has bright spots. Jess Root, who runs Revenge Of The Birds, gave us a little primer on the Cardinals defense.

They had the league's best third down defense and in 2010 they had the number one red zone defense. However, as can be seen from 2011, you can run the ball on the defense. Well, you could run the ball on them last year. With a healthy Dan Williams at nose tackle and the potential rise of Stewart Bradley, the middle of the defense might just have the bulk and skill in the middle to clog up and slow anyone trying to run the ball.

Ah, Dan Williams...I haven't heard that name in a minute. I remember there being a time when we thought the KC Chiefs could pick him up in the draft.

That red zone defense part is interesting, even if that stat is from two years ago. The Chiefs were not a very good red zone offense team last year but we're hoping the addition of Peyton Hillis and Jon Baldwin for an entire season will change that.

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