10-8-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Getting Ready For The Vikings

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Time for some links as we get close to game day.

Also, some stuff on the disappointing season ending loss for the D-Backs, and the f-bombs that were dropped on live TV by one of the Brewers players.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Converting Third Down
Notebook: Cards or Vikings will get better Sunday; Keith game-day decision

Abdullah brothers reunite in Minnesota
Cardinals' Hamza calls sibling Husain "ultimate teammate"

Before Family Arrives, Carter Has Work
Rookie nose tackle has first sack last week

Word From the Birds Blog - Beanie – Hightower = Production(?)
Beanie Wells is coming off the best game of his career and, thus far, has played the best three games in a row since coming into the NFL. So coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked, is it a direct result of the trade of Tim Hightower?

Word From the Birds Blog - Friday before the Vikings
Larry Fitzgerald isn’t going to be a Viking, much to the chagrin of many Minnesota fans who were hoping otherwise when Fitz had yet to sign his contract extension. Still, playing in Minnesota is "extra special" to Fitz, who has so many family members, friends and fans who love him in his hometown.

Arizona Cardinals' Rex Hadnot, Jeremy Bridges could start together on right side of offensive line
Guard Rex Hadnot and tackle Jeremy Bridges are not only two of the bigger men on the Cardinals' roster, they also are two of the bigger personalities. And they could be starting on the right side together for the first time. Bridges could replace Brandon Keith, who left last week's game because of a knee injury late in the first half. Bridges played the rest of the way, and though Keith has been able to practice fully this week, it's possible Bridges could start.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Cardinals need more pressure, Horton says
The Cardinals need to put more pressure on quarterbacks in critical situations, said defensive coordinator Ray Horton, and that's a big reason why outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield will play more on Sunday against the Vikings.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings - scouting report
scouting report, Kent Somers breaks down Sunday's Week 5 matchup between the Cardinals and Vikings at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Mailbag: If the Rams held top pick in draft - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mackay from Pleasant Grove, Utah, thought the Arizona Cardinals failed to use play-action passes against the New York Giants even though Beanie Wells was on his way to a 27-carry, 138-yard performance. He would expect play-action passes to help Kevin Kolb, but wonders whether lack of success has steered the Cardinals away from using that tactic.

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Burden could fall on Kevin Kolb: Beanie Wells' ability to carry the Arizona Cardinals' offense against the New York Giants might not translate to the team's game against Minnesota in Week 5. The Vikings are allowing just 76.3 yards rushing per game and 3.3 yards per carry. Both figures rank among the top six in the league. Minnesota's strong run defense could put more pressure on Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb to carry the offense. Kolb hasn't made consistently good decisions on when to bail from the pocket and what to do once he does. He is completing only 38.9 percent of his throws from outside the pocket, one reason he ranks 27th among 32 quarterbacks in Total QBR from there (6.7).

XTRA910 audio: NFC West Week 5 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thanks to XTRA Sports 910 AM for making available audio from our weekly NFC West conversation Friday. We covered all four teams in the division. The Arizona Cardinals' game at Minnesota gives quarterback Kevin Kolb one last chance before the bye to build momentum following a rough couple games. Pittsburgh and Baltimore await the Cardinals on the other side of the bye.

Nicked and bruised Cardinals feeling pressure to win - ArizonaSports.com
The Cardinals are in need of win after losing three straight, but injuries may limit the team.

Larry Fitzgerald 3rd Annual Celebrity Server Event
Larry Fitzgerald hosted his annual Celebrity Server Event at Morton's Steakhouse with proceeds benefiting the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund.

First Look: The Ken Whisenhunt Show @ MIN
Ken Whisenhunt and Ron Wolfley look ahead to the Cardinals and Vikings match-up. The Ken Whisenhunt Show airs at midnight on Saturday following SNL on 12 News.

Arizona  Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks eliminated by Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 of the NLDS
The door from the visitors' clubhouse to the field kept swinging open, the roar of the Miller Park crowd still audible well after the Diamondbacks' season had come to a stunning end Friday night. "I think," reliever David Hernandez said, "it was the worst way we could have lost the game." The Diamondbacks finally met a comeback they couldn't finish off, falling 3-2 in 10 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 of their National League Division Series, but when they peeled back the layers of disappointment from a game no one will forget, they found some things to ease the sting. They lost the only way that felt right; they went down swinging. And they see it as much as a beginning as it is an end.

VIDEO: Nyjer Morgan's Celebratory F-Bombs On TBS - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Grabbing Nyjer Morgan for an interview after his game-winning hit to send the Milwaukee Brewers to the NLDS was going to be entertaining no matter what. TBS had no choice but to pull him in for a postgame interview, and we were all going to be winners because of it. This is Nyjer Morgan, and damn if he isn't entertaining, especially when hopped up on adrenaline after the game-winning hit.

NFL News:

Al Davis, Legendary Raiders Owner, Dies At Age 82 - SBNation.com
Al Davis, legendary Raiders owner, has passed away at the age of 82, the Raiders confirmed.

NFL Week 5 Injury Report: Ben Roethlisberger, Vincent Jackson Expected To Play - SBNation.com
As Week 5 of the NFL season approaches, SBNation 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:

Dropping the ball: Rams not the only ones - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Rams have a bad case of the drops, but they're not the only ones.

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