10-2-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Gameday

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Its gameday, so here are a few links to get you ready for the matchup between the Giants and the Cardinals.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals update defensive game plan for Giants
Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton featured an 80 percent off special last Sunday in Seattle, but he knows he can't survive doing business like that every week. Horton scaled back his playbook, simplifying the scheme so his players could minimize mistakes. It worked, as the Cardinals yielded only 13 points, enough to lose the game 13-10. But that was against Seattle, not exactly an offensive juggernaut. If the Cardinals (1-2) were to repeat that defensive game plan Sunday against the Giants, things would get ugly quickly at University of Phoenix Stadium. "You have to add something," Horton said. "You can't do what we did last week for 16 games and be successful. You have to come after people, and we are." The Cardinals succeeded last week without blitzing because the Seahawks' offensive line was young and inexperienced. That style is also against Horton's instincts and upbringing. He was hired by coach Ken Whisenhunt because Horton would install a pressure scheme like the Steelers', where Horton worked the previous seven seasons.

Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants - scouting report
Kent Somers breaks down Sunday's Week 4 matchup between the Cardinals and Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium.

On whether Cardinals can gain a yard - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' struggles against Seattle in third-and-1 rushing situations killed two drives and endangered another. That was costly during a game lost by such a narrow margin (13-10). There are reasons to suggest the struggles were temporary:

Taking Emotions Out Of It
Cardinals, Giants meet while on opposite paths

Wired - Darnell Dockett @ SEA
DL Darnell Dockett was wired for sound when the Cardinals took on the Seahawks in Seattle.

Campbell's Quest To Shine
Calais Campbell is coming off a 10 tackle, 2.5 sack game against the Seattle Seahawks. The 6'8" defensive lineman looks to use the performance as a springboard toward a memorable 2011 season. Paul Calvisi reports.

Fitz Thinks Pink to Honor Mother
Larry Fitzgerald lost his mother to breast cancer in 2003. He has made it a priority to bring awareness and financial support to help combat the disease. Jody Jackson reports.

Building The Gameplan vs NYG
Jody Jackson and Ron Wolfley build the gameplan for the Cardinals as they face the Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Arizona Sports News:

Brewers strike first to beat Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks
First base was open, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder was at the plate, and in Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy's mind, there were two only options: Either he pitched to Fielder or someone else did. Kennedy stated his case during a meeting on the mound in the seventh inning Saturday, convincing his manager to stick with him, and two pitches later the Diamondbacks regretted the decision. Fielder's two-run blast on a misplaced curveball put the Brewers in position to secure a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Miller Park, leaving the Diamondbacks needing to claw back from yet another deficit.

Jamal Miles, Cameron Marshall help ASU football shake off slow start, defeat Oregon State at home
Jamal Miles was hard to overshadow, but Cameron Marshall nearly pulled it off. The Arizona State duo fueled the No. 25 Sun Devils on a night that started miserably, with little emotion and too many turnovers. The Sun Devils broke away with the help of their playmakers, Miles and Marshall producing one big play after the next in Saturday's 35-20 win over Oregon State at Sun Devil Stadium.

Arizona Wildcats tumble to 1-4 after shootout loss to USC
Only the clock stopped Southern California's Matt Barkley and Arizona counterpart Nick Foles in a game largely devoid of defense. When time finally ran out on both quarterbacks, USC had a small lead -- and ample reason to be optimistic about an offense led by Barkley and Robert Woods, the talented tandem that's slicing up the Trojans' record book. Barkley passed for a school-record 468 yards and four touchdowns, Woods made 14 catches for 255 yards and two scores, and USC outlasted the Wildcats 48-41 Saturday.

NFL News:

NFL Injury Report, Week 4: Michael Vick, Frank Gore Expected To Play - SBNation.com
As Week 4 of the NFL season approaches, SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi discusses some of the most significant injuries impacting this weekend's games and how they might affect your fantasy rosters:

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