12-7-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Beanie's Toughness

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Time for some links, including an interesting interview with Darnell Dockett.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells gets tough
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells won't say what's wrong with his right knee, just that it pains him, swells occasionally, and he doesn't like the brace he began wearing three games ago. Wells is too nice of guy to make you talk to the hand, either. Even if he wanted to, he would extend the right one, because he might be wearing a brace on the left wrist for some undisclosed reason. "I'm fine," Wells said when asked about it after Sunday's victory over the Cowboys. That, or some variation of it, has been Wells' standard answer this year when asked about his health. Wells is not fine, but he's playing. For that, he's being credited for his maturation and toughness.

Smiles Through Stuffed Animals
Cards take part in the annual Teddy Bear Express

Outside the huddle: Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett
Each week, The Republic spotlights a Cardinals player for a series of on-the-spot, off-beat questions.

Re-Focused: Cowboys @ Cardinals, Week 13 | ProFootballFocus.com
Arizona – Three Performances of Note

Beanie Wells not worried about his workload - ArizonaSports.com
Here's a shocker: Beanie Wells wants the ball. The running back, who is in the midst of a career season, has rushed the ball 201 times, good for an average of 18.3 times per game. Some think that's not enough, but the player deferred to his coaches when it comes to how big his workload should be.

Word From the Birds Blog - 1,000 reasons to watch Beanie, Fitz
With four games left in the regular season, both wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back Beanie Wells are near-guarantees to reach 1,000 yards receiving and rushing. There is a chance — perhaps good — they could both do it Sunday against the 49ers.

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 13 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals (won vs. Cowboys): on offense, improved four spots to 20th in yards per pass attempt, rose three spots to 27th in NFL passer rating, dropped five spots to 32nd in sacks allowed per pass play; on defense, improved four spots to 16th in sacks per pass play, rose two spots to 19th in point per game allowed, fell three spots to 22nd in takeaways.

Word From the Birds Blog - The Cardinals’ 2012 opponents
With a month left on the schedule — and since this info was held back at the beginning of the season as the league sorted through the post-lockout world — it’s a good time to take a look at what the Cards face schedule-wise in 2012.

NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Rising: Ray Horton, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator. The Cardinals have won four of their last five games, allowing 63 points in those victories. They held Dallas to 13 points, the Cowboys' second-lowest total of the season. They collected five sacks, a high against Dallas this season. Young outside linebackers Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield are improving. Arizona has allowed only five touchdowns in its past five games after allowing 20 in its first seven.

Rogers, Baldwin and other unlikely leaders - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona's Darnell Dockett and San Francisco's Justin Smith top the list of NFL defensive tackles. Both play defensive end in 3-4 base defenses. They also play tackle. The NFL has listed them as defensive tackles for years. That is the position they would play in a 4-3 defense. Smith has stood out all season; he leads the defensive tackles listed with 14 quarterback hits. Dockett made impact plays against Dallas in Week 13. This is a strong list. Haloti Ngata and Ndamukong Suh are in the top six.

Whisenhunt Chats with NFL Network
Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt sits down with Fran Charles to discuss the recent success of his team including the big overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Arizona Sports News:

Keith Yandle's late goal lifts Phoenix Coyotes over Nashville Predators
Keith Yandle scored with 1:45 remaining to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Phoenix won its second straight game. Nashville has dropped six of eight. Ray Whitney and Taylor Pyatt also scored for Phoenix. Jack Hillen and Shea Weber had the Predators' goals.

NFL News:

NFL power rankings - Week 14
Here is an updated version of NFL power rankings as we get ready for Week 14. I'll update them every Tuesday throughout the season. Previous rankings in parenthesis:

NFL Power Rankings: How they voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos keep turning skeptics into believers. Even those not yet convinced have had to acknowledge the Broncos' recent successes. Denver has climbed steadily in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings from 28th entering Week 9 to 10th this week -- the highest the Broncos have stood since they held the same spot late in the 2009 season. They are up six spots from last week.

NFL Week 13, Best And Worst: Packers Come Back And Cowboys Don't - SBNation.com
From LaRod Stephens-Howlings' overtime touchdown to the Jason Garrett's timeout, here's the best and the worst from Week 13 of the 2011 NFL season.

NBC, CBS Both Want Patriots-Broncos Game On Dec. 18 - SBNation.com
The Patriots and Broncos play on Dec. 18, a game scheduled to be on CBS. But NBC and the NFL want to move the game, which features Tim Tebow vs. Tom Brady, to Sunday night.

Fred Davis, Trent Williams Officially Suspended For Redskins' Final Four Games - SBNation.com
It was reported last week that Fred Davis and Trent Williams would be suspended by the league four games for a failed drug test and on Tuesday the players were finally told of the suspensions. The two Washington Redskins players will begin serving their suspensions immediately, which essentially ends their season (unless, you know, the Redskins make the playoffs).

Can Any Team Stop The Green Bay Packers From Another Super Bowl Win? - SBNation.com
Another Super Bowl win looks inevitable for the Green Bay Packers, but a few teams might have the right mix to stop them. Who are they and how will they do it?

Panthers Put Both Starting DTs On Injured Reserve, According To Report - SBNation.com
The Panthers have lost their two starting DTs, rookies Sione Fua and Terrell McClain, for the season after they were placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Brett Favre: 'No Plans To Play Football' - SBNation.com
A few quarterback injuries and we had ourselves a full-on Brett Favre sideshow this week. The former NFL quarterback was linked to the Houston Texans after Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart went down but nothing ever came of those rumors. He was linked to the Chicago Bears thanks to an ESPN report that Favre would listen if the Bears called. (The Bears said they weren't interested.) This has been going on all week but Favre just released a statement to ESPN saying he's content with his non-football life.

Ryan Mathews Does Not Like Fantasy Football Touchdown Vultures, Either - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
One of the toughest situations in fantasy football is dealing with a running back that snatches away touchdowns from an otherwise solid running back. These touchdown "vultures" cost solid running backs six or more points a game, but are not sufficiently valuable themselves because they do not often get the yards to make them valuable when they aren't stealing touchdowns. San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews knows exactly how you feel, fantasy football owners.

Eagles' Jackson scaring off prospective teams - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
DeSean Jackson antics this season are turning off potential suitors as he approaches free agency. - National Football League news

Girl lets Hall of Fame have Cam Newton’s record football | ProFootballTalk
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton set a new NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback on Sunday when he reached the end zone for the 13th time this season. And then he did what he usually does after he scores a touchdown: He handed the ball to a young fan in the stands.

Dansby sees God working through Tebow | ProFootballTalk
Many athletes who believe in God believe that God has a hand in their on-field exploits. Many athletes and non-athletes who believe in God believe that’s a lot of bunk, because it implies that God for whatever reason wants to make the opponents lose and/or look foolish. And Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby believes that God is working through Tim Tebow.

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