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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb played just one series last week but it was good enough to pull out a win against Seattle. The Cardinals got nothing out of their running game, leaving the onus on Kolb to bring them back in the fourth quarter in the 20-16 decision. While Arizona has searing quarterback issues, the New England Patriots appear totally secure in their entire offensive scheme. If Week 1 is any indication, New England could start making plans for a return to the Super Bowl. The Patriots had two major problems last season: their 31st-ranked defense and the running game. They seemed to solve them both in an easy 34-13 win at Tennessee as Stevan Ridley ran for 125 yards and New England held Chris Johnson to a career-low four rushing yards on 11 carries. The Patriots are 10-0 in home openers at Gillette Stadium.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Patriots -13.5, O/U 48

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (1-0): Kolb replaced the injured John Skelton (low ankle sprain) in the fourth quarter last week. According to reports, Skelton is unlikely to play Sunday. Kolb, who lost the starting job late last season and again this preseason, went 6 for 8 passing for 68 yards on the game-winning drive, and seems poised to reclaim the starting role with a good game against the Patriots. The Cardinals have even more questions in their backfield as wide receiver Andre Roberts led the team in rushing with 15 yards in the opener. Overall, Arizona only ran for 43 yards as feature back Beanie Wells gained 14 yards on seven carries.

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (1-0): Ridley took the burden off Tom Brady in New England's opener, setting a career-high on the ground and scoring a short touchdown. Brady suffered a broken nose vs. the Titans but it didn't bother him as he cruised to his 125th career victory, throwing for a pedestrian 236 yards and two touchdowns. Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez both caught scoring passes. Brady denied that WR Wes Welker's role has diminished despite his usual top target catching just three passes and being on the field for 43 of the team's 67 offensive plays.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Patriots have won the past five games vs. the Cardinals.

2. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald needs three catches for 700 in his career.

3. Brady has won 35 of his last 36 starts at home.

PREDICTION: Patriots 40, Cardinals 17

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Last Injuries

New England Patriots

  • James White

    Personal
    Ques Sun | questionable

    White has missed the last two games as he was away from the team due to a death in the family. It is unknown if he will return to the fold against the Chiefs on Sunday.

  • Josh Uche

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Uche has been ticketed for the injured reserve list with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain when the team will activate him.

  • Dalton Keene

    Neck
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Keene has been held out of the past three games due to a neck injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday versus the Chiefs.

  • Damien Harris

    Finger
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Harris has been activated from the injured reserve list after recovering from surgery on his pinky finger. It has yet to be established if he will face the Chiefs on Sunday.

  • Sony Michel

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Michel is managing a quad injury, and it is unclear if he will line up against the Chiefs on Sunday.

  • Julian Edelman

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Edelman is expected to suit up against the Chiefs on Sunday despite a knee injury.

  • David Andrews

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Andrews has been entered on the injured reserve list while he is mend from surgery to repair a broken thumb on his right hand. There is no timetable for recovery.

  • Isaiah Wynn

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Wynn has a calf injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be on the field for Sunday's battle with the Raiders.

Arizona Cardinals

  • Christian Kirk

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kirk sat out the last game with a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Chris Banjo

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Banjo left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday versus the Panthers.

  • Budda Baker

    Thumb
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Baker is not expected to be in the lineup Week 4 versus the Lions due to surgery to fix a UCL tear in his thumb.

  • Mason Cole

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cole has missed the past two games due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Panthers.

  • DeAndre Hopkins

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hopkins is managing an ankle injury, and it has yet to be established if he will face the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Byron Murphy Jr.

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Murphy Jr. is nursing a shoulder injury, but he is expected to line up versus the Lions on Sunday.

  • Jordan Phillips

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Phillips is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Dre Kirkpatrick

    Neck
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kirkpatrick is dealing with a neck issue, leaving his status for Sunday's clash with the Lions hazy.