TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's revamped defense surely will get an early test when the Cardinals face the prolific offense of the San Diego Chargers in the season opener.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says it starts with Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, then spreads to a unit that features talented receivers and a trio of tough running backs.
Arizona was sixth in the NFL in overall defense and first in run defense a year ago. But the heart of that defense, inside linebackers Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington, is gone. So is defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who went down with a season-ending knee injury in training camp.
Their replacements will, first of all, work to shut down the San Diego running game.
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