New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals: Six Players to Watch

Jimmy Garoppolo (10) New England Patriots - Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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David Johnson
David Johnson (31) Arizona Cardinals – Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Patriots vs. Cardinals Players to Watch Number One: David Johnson and Chris Johnson

These two are grouped together under one heading not just because they have the same name, but because they will combine to form a two-headed backfield monster for the Cardinals in 2016. One the one hand, you have a rising star in David Johnson, a guy who is at the top of fantasy draft boards across the nation right now; on the other, you have a former star in Chris Johnson, a guy whose best days are certainly behind him but there is still gas left in the tank.

Next: Pats vs. Cards: 6 Bold Predictions

The Patriots must keep this pair in check. So far this preseason, the defensive line has been stalwart in stopping the run. A front of Malcom Brown and Alan Branch backed up by Vincent Valentine and Anthony Johnson looks like a formidable match for this duo of potent running backs, but we’ll see for sure on Sunday night. If the Arizona ground game gets going, experienced quarterback Palmer could make short work of the play-action fake and toast the Patriots.