The Arizona Cardinals season-opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, September 11, may not be the best game on the NFLs opening-weekend schedule. Hell, it might not even be televised. But it is the leagues most compelling quarterback match-up of Week 1.
The visiting Panthers will be led by Cam Newton, last years Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn University and the number-one pick in this years NFL draft. The rookie was a super-stud in college but enters his professional career full of question marks. And taking the snap for Red Birds will be Kevin Kolb, the most-talked-about player of the off-season. Resting on his shoulders is the heavy responsibility for single-handedly returning the Cardinals to relevance after the teams dismal, passing-challenged 2010 season. Not an easy task, to be sure.