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Updated Aug 15, 2014 - 9:09 am

What I want to see Saturday from the Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota

Arizona Cardinals place kicker Jay Feely talks to Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler, left, before a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

After every practice, I've been writing what I've seen at practice. Today, I want to focus on Minnesota. Here's what I hope to see Saturday night.

RUNNING GAME:

It's ridiculous to find fault in the Cardinals incredible offensive efficiency against Houston. Nothing even rose to the "concern" level after the game. However, the running game didn't come close to looking like a strength, either. The Cardinals have weapons all over the passing game depending on Arizona's ability to protect Carson Palmer. The best way to slow down an opposing pass rush is to run right by it. Although there's plenty of time this preseason, the Cardinals haven't proven a strong ground game is a weapon.

PASS RUSH:

There's no chance Todd Bowles is going to lose any sleep game planning to defeat the Vikings. Bowles will call his defense and evaluate individual player's ability to execute. He will have little interest in showing any of his blitzes. None of that means that one player shouldn't be able to simply beat his man and hit the QB. The Cardinals need more people than Abraham that can pressure the QB without a coaching scheme.

JOHN BROWN:

Just keep the show going. No critiques, just continue to prove yourself.

JAY FEELY:

There's real pressure for the kicker spot. The worst would be to release Feely, only to have it proven that was a mistake to take a rookie kicker. Not only does Jay have to be perfect to match Chandler Catanzaro, but he also must prove his kickoffs will be much deeper into the end zone to set up better field position. Jay will win any tie because he's a veteran. Right now, Jay is not tied.

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School: Ohio University...Go Bobcats!

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: 1st Doug & Wolf Show: 1/2/07

Favorite sports memory: Goldschmidt's triple icing the 2011 NL West title because it was a daddy-daughter day at the ballpark and Bellbrook vs. Dunbar '89 when I hit my one varsity HR.

Favorite all-time athlete: as a kid, Magic...as an adult, Grant Hill

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams

Best sports road trip: My honeymoon...wedding Saturday...Braves vs. Reds Sunday Night...Cooperstown Monday through Thursday morning...Jennifer sings the Anthem Thursday night at Fenway... Sox/White Sox triple play and cycle in the same game for only the second time in baseball history...Saturday night Clemens strikes out 9 through 7 but the bullpen blows it and the crowd is furious.

Best game I've ever seen live: Suns/Spurs Game 5 2007 Western Semis (the game w/o Amare & Boris). Hated the outcome but loved the experience.

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