10-24-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Steelers Aftermath

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Another painful loss as the season continues to spiral out of control. Time for some links looking at the loss.

One interesting comment from the Bickley link on the team pulling out the white flag where he asks if the offense that Coach Whiz runs is the problem, only Kurt Warner has been able to run it well during his time here, and that the rest of the guys like Matt Leinart who looked good in his rookie year under Green's offense struggled learning Whiz's complicated offense.

Arizona Cardinals News:

No Reward Against Steelers
Cardinals come up short, 32-20, at home against Pittsburgh

Arizona Cardinals in cellar after loss to Pittsburgh Steelers
The Cardinals' dismal season descended deeper into darkness on Sunday as they lost 32-20 to the Steelers at University of Phoenix Stadium. It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Cardinals (1-5), who play four of the next five on the road. Not that the location of their games matters much. They have made the same mistakes both at home and abroad.

It seems the Cardinals are ready to wave the white flag for 2011
The season has shifted from alarming to disgraceful. Hope has been bludgeoned with a battle axe. And when the latest loss was in the books, thousands of happy fans stood near their seats waving Terrible Towels. At the very least, the Cardinals made a good portion of the crowd extremely happy Sunday. After a 32-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, we can bemoan the yellow flags (nine penalties, many at the worst time). We can acknowledge the red flags (a number of personnel decisions that seem to reflect poor judgment). Or you can choose the white flag introduced by Kevin Kolb, who was asked what fans should focus on after a fifth consecutive loss.

Silver linings: Cardinals vs. Steelers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Arizona Cardinals fell to 1-5 following a 32-20 home defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals - Recap - October 23, 2011 - ESPN
No matter where the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the field, Mike Wallace is a threat to go deep. Never was that more apparent than on Sunday, when his 95-yard catch from Ben Roethlisberger, the longest pass reception in Steelers history, set the stage for Pittsburgh's 32-20 victory over Arizona, the Cardinals' fifth loss in a row.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals Recap - October 23, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
- Ben Roethlisberger threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers rolled to a 32-20 decision over the Arizona Cardinals.

Wrap-up: Steelers 32, Cardinals 20 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 32-20 home defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7:

Arizona Cardinals-Pittsburgh Steelers play of the game
The setup: The Cardinals had the ball at their 7-yard line and trailed 24-14. There was 3:47 left in the third quarter.

Cardinals rewind: What we learned in loss to Steelers
Kent Somers breaks down the Cardinals' 32-20 loss to the Steelers, which puts Arizona at 1-5 on the season.

Ben Roethlisberger makes critical plays in silencing Cardinals
When the Cardinals crept to within three points of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger didn't feel the need to huddle up the offense on the sideline and go all Ray Lewis on them. He simply walked over to his teammates and reminded them who the Steelers are. "I went to the offense and said, 'Hey listen guys, they're going to have a spark. Let's go back to using the silent count and let's just go answer and do what we do,' " the quarterback said. "I know I don't need to say much to these guys to get them going." Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh on an 80-yard scoring drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, and the Steelers recorded a safety and added two field goals in rolling to a 32-20 win.

The Hyphen's Long Touchdown
Notebook: Stephens-Howling has 73-yard catch, Kolb's progress

Cardinals RB Beanie Wells hurts knee, will be evaluated
A big portion of the Cardinals' offense went to the locker room with a few minutes remaining in the first half and didn't return. Running back Beanie Wells had suffered a sprained right knee, the severity of which is unknown. "We'll check him out (Monday) and see," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I don't know if it's short term or long term." It's the same knee Wells had surgically repaired a year ago, causing him to miss three games. Wells was never healthy in 2010 and gained 397 yards for the season.

Word From the Birds Blog - Steelers aftermath
Coach Ken Whisenhunt opened his press conference like this: "I don’t have a lot to say." I think I need to steal the line. What else is there after Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh? There were moments where you thought, "OK, maybe here." Then they disappeared. You hope Kevin Kolb can connect on a couple of those throws – it’s hard to believe that play down the middle to Rob Housler was open again to no avail. You hope the defense can come up with a stop, or at least hold the Steelers to a field goal after LaRod Stephens-Howling electrified the stadium with his 73-yard touchdown reception. It could have made a difference but the plays aren’t made and that’s what happens with a team that’s reeling. The plays aren’t made. What’s next? A trip to Baltimore, that’s what is next. The Cardinals have to play a lot better than this on a trip like that.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Post-game spread
I don't have a lot of light to shed on the 32-20 loss to the Steelers. It was an ugly game, and the loss dropped the Cardinals four games behind the 49ers in the NFC West.

Season spiraling out of control, Cardinals say they'll keep working - ArizonaSports.com
Larry Fitzgerald said the players will fight hard for each other, Kevin Kolb talked about how the team can improve, Vonnie Holiday knows there is a lot of talent on the roster and Ken Whisenhunt is confident his team will continue to work. Such are the themes of a 1-5 football team. The Cardinals, who have won just three times in their last 17 games, could easily look at this season and say all is lost. At this rate the only thing the Cardinals have to look forward to is another top five pick in the NFL draft, a reality that would make some players essentially give up on the rest of the season. But they can't look at it that way. They won't look at it that way.

Six Points: Bye week doesn't cure Cardinals' ills - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals talked a good game and said all the right things during their bye week leading up to Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. There were emotional team meetings. There was the fact that NFL teams with home games after the bye had won with great regularity over the last two seasons. None of it mattered as the Cardinals dug a hole they couldn't climb out of in a 32-20 loss to Pittsburgh that sinks Arizona to 1-5 on the season.

Cardinals still struggling to make plays - ArizonaSports.com
Ken Whisenhunt spoke for three minutes and 20 seconds. The Cardinals head coach didn't say much after the Cardinals' 32-20 loss to the Steelers, the team's fifth straight, other than the same thing he has since Week 1. "It was a good football team that we played, and they made the plays today and we didn't make enough," Whisenhunt said.

Arizona's Wells leaves game with right knee sprain - ArizonaSports.com
Arizona running back Beanie Wells left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh in the second quarter with a right knee sprain. His return was questionable. The third-year pro from Ohio State had 42 yards on 12 carries before leaving for the locker room at the two-minute warning. Wells missed the third game of the season, at Seattle, with a hamstring injury. Wells' first-half performance had put him at 423 yards rushing for the season, more than he gained in all of 2010 when he was slowed by injuries.

Four Down Territory: Unhappy times vs. Steelers - ArizonaSports.com
The stands at University of Phoenix stadium looked like a large scale version of those hideous uniforms Maryland wore in that Labor Day game against Miami. A pukey combination of red, white, yellow and black. Hey, at least somebody left the building in a good mood after the Steelers took care of the Cardinals. It certainly wasn't the Cards and judging by the phone calls I heard on the postgame show, it most definitely wasn't their fans. A five game losing streak have everyone in a justifiably crappy mood. An even half-dozen can't be too far behind; you gotta figure they're doomed the moment the wheels touch the ground in Baltimore. Before that trip though, let's take a trip into four down territory.

Steelers vs. Cardinals highlights
The Steelers aging defensive unit flatten Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals' offense sending Arizona into next week with a 1-6 record.

Cards Daily - Postgame Reaction PIT
The Cardinals talk about suffering the loss to the Steelers.

Video: Analyzing the Cardinals' loss to the Steelers
The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley discusses the Cardinals' 32-20 loss against the Steelers and the loss of running back Beanie Wells to injury.

Arizona Sports News:

Coyotes' big second period leads to win vs. Ducks
The Phoenix Coyotes forced the Anaheim Ducks into a number of critical mistakes which made all the difference in a one-goal win. Martin Hanzal scored his first two goals of the season, Boyd Gordon and Lauri Korpikoski tallied than two minutes apart in the second period, and the Coyotes beat their Pacific Division rivals 5-4 on Sunday night.

NFL News:

Wrap-up: Cowboys 34, Rams 7 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 34-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7:

Wrap-up: Browns 6, Seahawks 3 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 6-3 road defeat to the Cleveland Browns in Week 7:

Silver linings: Rams at Cowboys - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 0-6 with a 34-7 road defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7.

Silver linings: Seahawks at Browns - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 2-4 with a 6-3 road defeat against the Cleveland Browns.

Week Seven Monday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk
On paper, Week Seven didn’t present an overabundance of compelling contests. But no matter how interesting, or otherwise, the games look on paper, there are always plenty of things to discuss.

NFL Debrief, Week 7: Tim Tebow's Unbelievable, Carson Palmer's Not And New QBs Struggle - SBNation.com
Tim Tebow engineers a comeback win, New Orleans puts up 60-plus points, and the Carson Palmer era starts off with three interceptions in one half. It's all explained in this week's NFL Debrief.

NFL Week 7 Injury Report: Matt Ryan Surprisingly OK, Matt Stafford Awaits MRI - SBNation.com
In this week's injury report, our medical expert takes a look at injuries suffered Sunday by Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Darren McFadden, and other NFL notables.

Tim Tebow Is An American Institution - SBNation.com
Tim Tebow looked awful against the Dolphins on Sunday, but just as everyone was writing the punch lines to a new round of Tebow jokes, the Broncos pulled off a miracle, and we were right back where we started. So which part of the story is true?

The Broncos comeback was ridiculous in so many ways | ProFootballTalk
I don’t believe what I just saw. The Broncos’ 18-15 overtime win against the Dolphins defied all logic. It defied belief for anyone like myself that watched the complete game. It’s almost as if a higher power was involved. (Yes, that’s sarcasm.)

PHOTO: London Streaker Stops For A High-Five - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
The NFL's London game wouldn't have been complete without a streaker. Well, almost a streaker: the lad's pants stayed on as he roamed around the field untouched for a significant amount of time. Security seemed content to let the man tucker himself out, and he didn't seem all that harmless anyway. But along the way, the man did attempt to make contact with the players on the field. He was successful, but by no means was he harmful. The streaker just wanted a high-give, and got one from Chicago Bears defensive back Corey Graham.

Tim Hightower Injury: Redskins Fear Torn ACL, According To Report - SBNation.com
The Redskins reportedly fear that Tim Hightower has a torn ACL, which would end his 2011 season.

Earnest Graham Injury: Bucs RB Reportedly Tears Achilles' Tendon - SBNation.com
The Bucs were already down a running back with LeGarrette Blount out with an injury but the news got worse on Sunday when it was reported that his backup, Earnest Graham, tore his Achilles' tendon.

Tony Sparano's Job With Dolphins Reportedly Safe For Now - SBNation.com
The Dolphins are now 0-6 and, despite Sunday's fourth quarter loss to the Broncos, Tony Sparano's reportedly won't be fired in the near-term.

Ndamukong Suh Accused Of Taunting Injured Matt Ryan - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
The Atlanta Falcons held on for a 23-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon, but the story wasn't the win. Instead, the focus after the game was what happened after Matt Ryan went down with an apparent ankle injury during the second half. Ryan was fine and returned to finish the game, but a few Atlanta players were unhappy with the events that transpired as their quarterback was on the ground.

VIDEO: Brian Robison Kicks T.J. Lang In The Groin - SBNation.com
The Green Bay Packers were trailing the Minnesota Vikings 14-7, driving down the football field. The Packers drive wound up stalling out and the Packers had to kick a field goal. It was good, cutting the Vikings lead to 14-10, but after the field goal there was some extra curricular activity.

T.J. Lang rips "cowardly" Brian Robison for kicking his "sweet spot" | ProFootballTalk
If the NFL had a Cheap Shot of the Week award, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison would win it in a landslide for one of the dirtiest moves you’ll ever see on a football field.

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