11/2 Arizona Cardinals news: Bye weekend links

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Well, it is the day before the bye for the Arizona Cardinals. Perhaps the most interesting thing will be to watch your Twitter feed to see what the players are up to, and then to see what indignance some fans will have because the players aren't just studying football on their time off.

Here are your morning links.

Cardinals:

Cardinals Blogs | Getting offensive: After 8 vs. after 8
The Cardinals have a whole new coaching staff, a new quarterback, and a new offensive system. At this point, the offense has not been as crisp or productive as the Cards have hoped. But it does seem like it is better than last season at this point.

Cardinals Blogs | Friday before the bye

This isn’t going to be lengthy, not with the bye weekend here and time off embraced. But here at the halfway point, I was trying to consider team MVP candidates from either side of the ball.

Cardinals Get Explosive Again

Big plays against the Falcons reenergizes offense heading into second half of season

Flush the Pocket: Honey Badger a bargain - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

The Sporting News included Mathieu on its list of the 25 best players who are giving their team the best bang for their buck. He was No. 22. Topping the list was Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

NFL - Andre Ellington, Kawann Short among impact rookies in the second half of 2013 season - ESPN

ESPN's Mel Kiper identifies 16 rookies who had a slow start, but will make a big impact in the second half of the 2013 season. Andre Ellington and Kawann Short lead the list.

Cardinals' Dansby defying age, fatigue to play big role

Dansby has defied age, fatigue to play all but four defensive snaps in Cardinals' first eight games.

NFL:

NFL - Russell Wilson slips, Eli Manning rises in Jaws' QB rankings - ESPN

The Big Board sees major moves as Jaws updates his ranks at midseason

NFL midseason awards: The best player, coach and team at the halfway mark - SBNation.com

The 2013 NFL season is halfway home. SB Nation's NFL bloggers voted on awards before the season and now we do the same at the midseason. Read on for SB Nation's NFL midseason awards as voted on by our NFL bloggers.

Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely - Big Cat Country

Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely.

Gio-graphy: A GIF tribute to Gio Bernard and the touchdown run of the year - SBNation.com

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard pulled off a run so odd and amazing Thursday night that we can't not look back.

Justin Houston, Kiko Alonso tearing through season's first half - SBNation.com

Two defensive players who didn't get much recognition in August have played their way to first half stardom. Danny Kelly heads to the film room for a closer look at what makes Bills LB Kiko Alonso and Chiefs LB Justin Houston so special.

QB Watch, Week 9: The Tom Brady question - SBNation.com

Every great player's time must end at some point, but is it too early to start wondering if that time is nearing for the most successful quarterback of our generation?

Bengals confirm Geno Atkins suffered ACL tear - Cincy Jungle

The Cincinnati Bengals were hesitant on calling Atkins' injury a torn ACL, just saying it was an ACL injury. They confirmed it was an ACL tear on Friday.

Vikings vs. Cowboys: Dez Bryant ready to get back in good graces - SBNation.com

Dez Bryant played well against the Lions last week, but was scrutinized after the loss for failing to live up to his own expectations. He has a chance to get back in everybody's good graces against a beleaguered Vikings secondary Sunday.

Andy Dalton ends hot streak with woeful game vs. Dolphins - SBNation.com

The Miami Dolphins won in overtime after Andy Dalton turned the ball over four times in a loss.

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