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Still, the Saints look like world-beaters compared to the Cardinals, who somehow are 2-2 despite being outscored by 60 points. How badly does Arizona miss the retired Kurt Warner? The Cardinals will go with undrafted rookie Max Hall on Sunday, their third No. 1 quarterback this year if you count the preseason.

St. Louis (2-2) at Detroit (0-4)

Missouri football has peaked, with the aforementioned Chiefs at 3-0, the Rams having won two straight to double their win total from last year, and even the University of Missouri Tigers unbeaten and ranked 24th in the nation.

St. Louis is getting excellent work from top overall draft pick Sam Bradford, despite a pedestrian group of receivers. The Lions struggle in all defensive categories, but they also throw the ball pretty well, whether it’s Matt Stafford or Shaun Hill at quarterback.

San Diego (2-2) at Oakland (1-3)

The Chargers could tie the longest active winning string against one team with a 14th consecutive victory over the Raiders. San Diego won its two home games handily, lost two close ones on the road. The Chargers often begin the season on a roller coaster, then surge. Other than the 2-2 record, the numbers look great: top-ranked overall on offense and defense. But that’s measured in yards, which can be misleading.

Other than a blowout loss in their opener at Tennessee, the Raiders have done well, a Sebastian Janikowski missed field goal short of being a .500 team.

Minnesota (1-2) at New York Jets (3-1), Monday night

If Darrelle Revis is over his hamstring injury, he can return for yet another matchup with Randy Moss. The Vikings acquired the big-play receiver from New England, where Moss was unhappy and didn’t catch a pass last week against Miami. Favre plays a former employer, although it’s hardly as riveting as when he plays the Packers.

The Jets swept three games against division rivals and can truly back up their boastful ways by beating Minnesota. They also could get back LB Calvin Pace and definitely will have WR Santonio Holmes for the first time; he was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Chicago (3-1) at Carolina (0-4)

Chicago’s QBs should be very glad that Julius Peppers now is on his side. As the Bears head to Peppers’ former home, they must shore up their blocking unit, which allowed those 10 sacks against the Giants and left Jay Cutler with a concussion that will sideline him Sunday. Journeyman Todd Collins will start.

Peppers has been dynamic since joining Chicago, even though he has just two sacks. He’s created opportunities for other Bears, particularly the linebackers. They all should get lots of chances against woeful Carolina, which has yielded 12 sacks, has rookie Jimmy Clausen at quarterback, and can’t get its once productive running game on track.

Denver (2-2) at Baltimore (3-1)

The Broncos made an impressive comeback at Tennessee and now get an even tougher road test. Kyle Orton has been brilliant at times as the league’s busiest passer, and he’ll need to keep his arm warm against the Ravens, the NFL’s stingiest team against the pass. Don’t expect much from Denver’s running game, statistically the worst of the 32 teams.

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