11-1-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

GLENDALE AZ - OCTOBER 31: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals gets past Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to score a touchdwon for a 35-31 lead during the fourth quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 31 2010 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

What is there to say... horrible loss. Now on to some links about this horrible loss, and what a pathetic mess our Quarterback Situation is right now.

Wrap-up: Bucs 38, Cardinals 35 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Cardinals remained wildly inconsistent and it cost them a share of first place in the NFC West. They turned a 31-14 deficit into a 35-31 lead, only to lose that lead and the game. Derek Anderson emerged as the team's lesser of two evils at quarterback after the Bucs returned two Max Hall interceptions for touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals turnovers lead to loss against Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sometimes, NFL coaches can make football sound as complicated as finding the exit to a corn maze. But earlier this week, Ken Whisenhunt broke it down to its essential elements: if the Arizona Cardinals reduced turnovers, many of their problems would be solved. They failed to do that again Sunday. Their two quarterbacks, Max Hall and Derek Anderson, were intercepted four times in a 38-35 loss to Tampa Bay at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Buccaneers vs. Cardinals - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Ho hum, just another fourth-quarter rally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . Aqib Talib intercepted two passes, returning one 45 yards for a touchdown and saving the game with the other, and the Bucs rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit for the fourth time this season to beat the Arizona Cardinals 38-35 on Sunday.

Giving Away The Ending
Fourth turnover of game costs Cards in 38-35 loss to Bucs

Cardinals Throw Game Away With 4 INTs, Bucs Win 38-35 - SB Nation Arizona
Once again the Cardinals mistakes lead to loss as the "best team in the NFC" wins in Arizona.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers expected interceptions against Arizona Cardinals
To hear Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris tell it, coming up with four interceptions against the Cardinals on Sunday was no accident.

Cards Feel Impact Of Hayes, Breaston
Neither Gerald Hayes or Steve Breaston were much in the mood to revel in their efforts, not after the Cardinals’ 38-35 loss Sunday to the Buccaneers.

KTAR.com - Arizona Cardinals inconsistent quarterback play continues
The carousel that has been the Arizona Cardinals quarterback position this season spun around once more on Sunday as Derek Anderson was inserted back into the lineup midway through the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Whisenhunt bemoans "bitter loss" after late Anderson interception | ProFootballTalk.com
The Cardinals survived two Max Hall interceptions in the first half and another quarterback change. They survived a 31-14 third quarter lead for the Bucs. On a day where so much went wrong, the Cardinals had the ball at the 20-yard line, down 38-35, with the two minute warning approaching. It looked like they'd go to overtime at the worst.

Arizona Cardinals defense accepts some of the blame in loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It would be easy to start pointing fingers. And if you were so inclined to do so, the Cardinals' quarterback position would be the ideal place to start. But after the Cardinals' 38-35 loss at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, nobody on the defense was ready to cast stones at Max Hall or Derek Anderson. If anything, the defensive players were pointing fingers at themselves.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Post-game spread
Coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn't ready to name a starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Minnesota. No one asked me, yet, but my hunch is he will go back to Derek Anderson. Max Hall doesn't look like he's ready, and while Anderson is inconsistent, it's probably better to go with the veteran on the road.

A Critical Choice
Ken Whisenhunt said probably the only thing he could, in the minutes after the Cardinals’ 38-35 loss to the Buccaneers Sunday.

No QB decision yet
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he hasn’t made a decision on who is starting quarterback will be against Minnesota this week and doesn’t know when he will make it. He wants to watch the video with the team first and start game-planning for Minnesota. "We will move forward from there," he said.

Buccaneers aftermath
Like everyone else, I flinched when Derek Anderson threw his final interception Sunday. At that point, I had been convinced that, despite the up-and-down nature of the game and the disaster of the first 2-and-a-half quarters, that the Cards were going to find a way to pull it out of their a…. er, pull it out of the fire. But they didn’t.

Derek Anderson should start for the Arizona Cardinals
"This," Derek Anderson said, "is obviously gonna hurt." Well, at least his words were accurate.

Silver linings: Cardinals vs. Bucs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Cardinals fell to 3-4 with a 38-35 home defeat to the Tampa Bay Bucs in Week 8.

KTAR.com - Gambo: It's time to live and die with Derek Anderson
There are several words that can describe Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt when it comes to his decision to start Max Hall these last three games. Arrogance, blind loyalty, defiant, cocky and stubborn are a few that come to mind.

KTAR.com - Doug: Notes on Cardinals home loss to Bucs
- Opinions Entries at ktar.com

KTAR.com - Burns: The Cardinals are lost
I keep thinking of that super-old game show, The $25,000 Pyramid. Clues: Your dad without a map….a teenager's ipod……the passengers of Oceanic 815……the Cardinals quarterback situation. Answer: Things that are lost.

KTAR.com - Whisenhunt thinks mistakes correctable, unwilling to name starting QB
The morning after a tough loss is never easy for an NFL head coach. It's even tougher when your team loses a roller coaster of a game and isn't sure who its starting quarterback will be moving forward.

The Cardinals' comical quarterback conundrum
For just one week, it would be nice to write about something other than the Cardinals’ comical quarterback conundrum.

NFC West QB rankings through Week 8 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
My weekly look at where NFC West quarterbacks stand (trending arrows indicate general direction, not necessarily a change in ranking from the previous week):

Arizona Cardinals rewind: What we learned from Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals rewind: What we learned from Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kent Somers breaks down Sunday's 38-35 loss.

Hot Topic: Who wins the NFC West? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It's the question NFC West teams refuse to answer. Which team will win this division title and the playoff berth that goes along with it? A quick look at each team after Week 8:

Arizona Cardinals-Tampa Bay Buccaneers play of the game
Arizona Cardinals-Tampa Bay Buccaneers play of the game, The Cardinals trailed the Buccaneers 38-35. They had the ball at the Tampa Bay 20-yard line with 2:15 remaining.

The Furious Rants Of An Arizona Cardinals Fan - SB Nation Arizona
In light of a disappointing 38-35 loss to Tampa Bay, Scott Howard unloads some angry thoughts about the state of the Cardinals.

Arizona Cardinals: The Good And The Bad From Week 8 - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
After a close loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8, the Arizona Cardinals have some soul-searching to do. What went right and, more importantly, what went wrong for the Red Birds?

Derek Anderson at QB for Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals have replaced Max Hall with Derek Anderson at quarterback after Tampa Bay returned two of Hall's passes for touchdowns. Hall took some physical punishment during the game, including a hit that affected his first interception, but this move appears to be performance-based.

Clark Haggans - Wired

Offensive Spark

GameDay: Buccaneers vs. Cardinals highlights

Cardinals postgame press conference

Cardinals talk about loss to Buccaneers

Jones 'embarrassed' and 'dumbfounded' - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Jerry Jones isn't searching for any silver lining. He's asking for forgiveness from fans.

Seahawks, NFC West limping right along - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The team most proficient with crutches, walking boots and athletic tape might win the NFC West race.

Favre says he's ready to play next week | ProFootballTalk.com
If Brett Favre was concussed Sunday against the Patriots, he hid it well.

NFL.com news: Cowboys' Jones has no plans to change coaches midseason
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he doesn't plan to change head coaches following his team's 35-17 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

NFL.com news: Favre carted off after hit to chin; QB requires eight stitches
A woozy Brett Favre sat on a cart headed to the locker room and wondered, "What in the world am I doing?" It was only a passing thought, but with a cut chin, two fractures in his left foot and tendinitis in his right elbow, the 41-year-old quarterback had reason to question himself and his surroundings.

Resourceful Packers, struggling Jets, more Snap Judgments - Don Banks - SI.com
Musings, observations and the occasional Week 8 insight as we take in an NFL Sunday chock full of both tricks and treats ...

Minnesota Vikings reportedly waive receiver Randy Moss - ESPN
Randy Moss has been waived by the Vikings just weeks after Minnesota traded a third-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for the receiver, the NFL Network reported Monday.

Power rankings revisited: Week 8 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings (with new rankings scheduled for Tuesday):

Wade Phillips should be fired; Donovan McNabb's time up with Redskins? - Peter King - SI.com
Sunday, Week 8. About as boring a football Sunday as there could be for the first couple of hours, Denver and San Francisco exporting horrible football to London; the Redskins stinking it up at Detroit; the Cowboys looking as pathetic as the '62 Mets; Kansas City and Buffalo playing offensive football like it was 1930 and not 2010; the Jets throwing a slumber party for their offense.

Donovan McNabb's benching raises questions from Redskins - NFL - SI.com
Donovan McNabb's benching has teammates wondering what's ahead for the Washington Redskins.

Week Eight Monday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk.com
With six teams off on Sunday, I was concerned that it would be challenging to come up with 10 story lines from only 13 games.

Owens full of tricks and treats for Bengals - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Winners and Losers

Week 8's five most valuable players - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Comprehensive National Football League news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

Week 8's five least valuable players - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Comprehensive National Football League news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

Seahawks vs. Raiders - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Jason Campbell and a relentless defense gave the Oakland Raiders that elusive back-to-back win in emphatic fashion. Campbell threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns, and Oakland's defense did the rest to help the Raiders even their record at the midpoint of the season with a 33-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Broncos vs. 49ers - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
With a change of scenery and a change of quarterback, maybe the San Francisco 49ers can still turn their season around.

Panthers vs. Rams - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Sam Bradford is learning quickly, and these St. Louis Rams are far from the same team that won only one game last season.

Bills vs. Chiefs - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Ryan Succop got a second chance to test out his new approach to dealing with the swirling wind at Arrowhead Stadium.

Redskins vs. Lions - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
It's about time the Detroit Lions start to see a return from their top draft picks. After so many years of first-round busts, Matthew Stafford , Calvin Johnson and latest top pick Ndamukong Suh have the Lions believing they are on the road to respectability.

Packers vs. Jets - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Ugly. Sloppy. And, perhaps, a little rusty. It all added up to one big dud for the New York Jets .

Dolphins vs. Bengals - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
The Dolphins knotted their ties, slipped on their suit coats and headed for the bus, another impressive win in their travel bag.

Jaguars vs. Cowboys - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Jon Kitna took the snap on fourth-and-goal inside the 1 and spun to his right, only to find Marion Barber was coming from his left. There was a handoff, a collision and a goal-line stop. The Jacksonville Jaguars knew then the Dallas Cowboys really were as bad as their record indicated.

Titans vs. Chargers - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Antonio Gates is playing pretty well for a guy with turf toe. Vince Young isn't as lucky.

Vikings vs. Patriots - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Broken play. Quarterback scrambles away from the rush, spins to elude another defender and chucks it downfield. Not Brett Favre : Tom Brady .

Steelers vs. Saints - Recap - October 31, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Drew Brees shook off some hard hits and figured out Pittsburgh's defense in time to make the defending champion New Orleans Saints look like contenders again.

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