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The Cardinals went through a quick practice, and now everyone is off for the week except some of the younger players who are getting some work in during the bye week. Aside from that, our boy Maximus is being talked about a lot right now around the NFL after the win against the Saints.

By the way, vote for Max Hall in the rookie of the week voting. - Rookie of the Week
Max Hall - QB, Arizona Cardinals: Hall claimed his first career win by completing 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards with one interception in the Cardinals' 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

On to the links...

Kurt Warner: Arizona's Max Hall 'reminded me a lot of myself' -
Kurt Warner saw glints of his young, underdog self in undrafted Arizona Cardinals quarterback Max Hall when the former Cardinals signal-caller sat down with the 25-year-old rookie before Warner called the game on TV Sunday for Fox Sports. In that game, Hall's teammates rallied around the fiery rookie from Brigham Young for a 30-20 victory against the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

"Madden NFL" producer's biggest game ratings surprises - ESPN
Moore's take on Max Hall: "Before the draft, I created the top 30-35 college quarterbacks. He was like 22 on our QB draft board. The knock on him was that his arm is not that strong. But he came in high on awareness and short accuracy. When the game shipped, Matt Leinart was still on the Cardinals, so Hall didn't make the roster cut. As soon as they moved Leinart, we heard [coach Ken] Whisenhunt loved Hall. So I bumped his ratings a bit. We're not totally surprised he's getting starting action."

Noticing the Cards
A couple of tidbits before my live chat starts at 11 a.m.:

NFC West High Energy Player of the Week - NFC West Blog - ESPN
When Rolle bolted for the New York Giants, the Cardinals settled for Kerry Rhodes. That was the perception, anyway. Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett put public pressure on Rhodes to pick up where Rolle left off. With fumble returns for touchdowns in each of the past two games, Rhodes has shown the big-play flair that helped Rolle cash in on the open market. He's changing perceptions about what the Cardinals might have lost when they couldn't find a way to keep Rolle.

Rough Outing For Warner Puts Dancing Future In Doubt - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Last night, Kurt Warner batted lead-off for acoustic/round stage/latin/double-score night, and it didn't quite turn out as he and Anna hoped. They were dancing the super-sexy Rumba, which was a problem for Kurt and his good married Christian self. Despite Brenda giving him and Anna the seal of approval to get their Latin hip undulations on, Kurt had some problems getting his arms to behave in a properly expressive manner.

The Way I See It - Derek Anderson

Bye Week Live Chat

Arizona Cardinals about to get injured players back
Sunday's upset of the Saints was not the only reason the Cardinals entered this off week with renewed optimism. There also is a good chance that three key veterans will return from injuries, just in time to bolster an inconsistent defense and a struggling offense.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Max Hall's magic spooky
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Max Hall's magic spooky, Some athletes - and people in general - have something about them that inspires others to do the unexpected.

KFAN 1320AM - Listen: Max Hall on Jim Rome - Oct 12th
Max Hall joined Jim Rome to talk about his first NFL start. He talks about the big hit on the goal line where he lost his helmet and about the lack of respect in the BYU-Utah rilvalry.

Hall appears on Jim Rome show, talks rivalry with Utes | The Salt Lake Tribune
Max Hall is going national. - Soaring around the NFC West after Week 5
The Arizona Cardinals find themselves alone at the top of the NFC West as they head into their bye week with a 3-2 record.

How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kerry Rhodes, Cardinals S. Two fumble recoveries for touchdowns in a two-week period will get any safety noticed. Rhodes made other significant plays during the Arizona Cardinals' 30-20 victory over New Orleans. The Arizona defense played its best game of the season and Rhodes played a key role.

One and done Wednesday
The Cards won Sunday. So coach Ken Whisenhunt gave them a one-and-done bye week, with Wednesday’s short (about 90 minutes) practice the lone official work of the week. Did he think about having more practice? Well, yes.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 6 has Steelers, Ravens at top - Don Banks -
As clumped together and parity-addled as the entire NFL feels about now, maybe the real story is just how up for grabs the NFC is this season. The conference that has boasted two of the past three Super Bowl winners is filled with a bunch of teams whose mantra should rightfully be: "Why not us?'' - Week Six power rankings
Baltimore's third straight victory, 31-17 over Denver, led by Ray Rice's 133 rushing yards, has propelled the Ravens to No. 1 in PFW's power rankings.

NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Ravens, Jets Keep Leading AFC's Charge -- NFL FanHouse
As our NFL Power Rankings hit Week 6, it's looking clearer and clearer that the AFC -- even in this wild year of incredible parity -- has a healthy dose of elite teams. The Ravens and Jets are rolling right now, battling out for the top spot in our Power Rankings on a now-weekly basis.

NFL power rankings: Cowboys freefalling as the losses mount -
The New York Jets retained the top spot in USA TODAY's NFL power rankings after their win against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. The Baltimore Ravens were a close second. In a freefall mode are the Dallas Cowboys, who sank to 20th after falling to 1-3 on Sunday.

NFL Power Poll: Colts crack the Top 5 - NFL - Sporting News
Last year, Indianapolis was the last undefeated team standing in the NFL at 14-0. This year, it's just Week 6 and every team has at least one loss. Kansas City was the last to fall—courtesy of those same Colts on Sunday. The imperfect start around the league favors a team like, well, the Colts (3-2), a traditional power that has yet to perform at its best. In this week's power poll, the Colts join a strong AFC five at the top.

NFL Power Rankings - Top 32 NFL Football Teams - FOX Sports on MSN
Say what you want about the Ravens, but they've done nothing to dissuade me from ranking them No. 1. Their offense is very efficient. Their defense is solid and the secondary has turned out to be much better than expected despite missing two key starters. But don't be surprised if the Steelers go on a long winning streak with Ben Roethlisberger finally back behind center. It's amazing that after five weeks, there isn't one undefeated team left, but that's what the NFL wants, parity, or in their coined phrase, competitive balance.

NFP Power Rankings | National Football Post
Every Tuesday, the National Football Post brings you our NFL Power Rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.

NFL Power Rankings Week 6 - National Football League - ESPN
The Baltimore Ravens have collected impressive pelts this season, but they remain in the executive suite's waiting room in the latest NFL Power Rankings.

Power rankings: How the voters voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
AFC teams claimed the top three spots in's NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 6, with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints tumbling seven spots to No. 9, their lowest ranking since Week 2 last season. Voters marked down the Saints dramatically -- John Clayton voted them 14th -- without giving the Arizona Cardinals a corresponding bounce for knocking off New Orleans, 30-20. The Cardinals became the second team in NFL history to score 30 or more points without a rushing or passing touchdown.

Arizona Cardinals Ranked 11th In Latest Harris Interactive Popularity Poll - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
When Ken Whisenhunt arrived in Phoenix he spoke about creating a culture centralized around winning.

NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Someone Has To Win The NFC, Right? - SB Nation Arizona
After just five weeks, there are no undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. But it's not just that. The participants in last year's Super Bowl have put together uninspired performance after uninspired performance while some favorites (Vikings and Cowboys) are slipping badly. Parity. Catch the fever.

Arizona Cardinals' Mike Leach on life as a long snapper
Arizona Cardinals' Mike Leach on life as a long snapper, We went one-on-one with Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach.

KFAN 1320AM - Listen: DJPK - Darren Urban Arizona Cardinals reporter
Arizona Cardinals reporter Darren Urban joins DJ and PK to talk about Max Hall and his first NFL start on Sunday. Urban says the team has confidence in the undrafted rookie and that Hall is showing right skills needed to survive as an NFL QB.

Poll: How In Love With Max Hall Are You? - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Since Max Hall has grown into an instant cult hero here in the Valley of the Sun, let's take a quick little poll to gauge the intensity of your Max Hall crush.

AllNight audio: Cardinals' QB situation - NFC West Blog - ESPN
My weekly conversation with ESPN AllNight host Jason Smith focused on the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals coming out of Week 5. - Wolfley's Gridiron Gospel with Ron Wolfley after win over Saints (VIDEO)
- b-stories at - Cardinals believe there's something about Max
While his first pro start was far from a masterpiece, undrafted rookie Max Hall earned mostly positive reviews following the Cardinals stunning 30-20 upset victory over the Saints in Week Five.

The absurdly premature 2010 playoff picture: Week 5 - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
"The Rams are staying atop the NFC West. Congratulations? I'm sorry, but Arizona could win their next six games, and they're still not getting a spot here. Cute little win, but I refuse to believe that Arizona's a decent team."

(You will be forced to believe it soon) news: Wide-open NFC offers division races that should remain tight
What's been said about the NFC West for the past few years -- that it's wide open because there is no dominant team -- can now be said about the entire NFC. Go three deep in any division and you'll find a team that could end up representing the conference in the Super Bowl (well, maybe not in the West).

With Cutler back, Bears offensive line gets a facelift |
The Bears confirmed on Wednesday that Jay Cutler will return to the starting lineup this week. He'll be playing behind a revamped offensive line.

Bears' Jay Cutler expects to start against Seahawks - NFL -
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler expects to start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks after missing a game because of a concussion.

Brett Favre says he'd miss game if elbow injury worsens - NFL -
Brett Favre's latest problem is his elbow. Favre said Wednesday he would consider sitting out a game or two for the Minnesota Vikings this season if the tendinitis in his right elbow gets worse. Favre has started an NFL record 289 straight games, a streak he cherishes.

Shawne Merriman's career with San Diego Chargers is over - NFL -
The San Diego Chargers have turned out the lights on the player known as "Lights Out."

The Week Five hot seat |
Every week, we devote a PFT Daily segment to the five men who occupy the hottest coaching seats in the NFL. news: Doctor is in to prescribe remedies for underachieving teams
There were five undefeated teams a year ago at this time. Today there are none. That makes the race to the playoffs a lot tighter than last season, when the Saints, Colts, Vikings, Giants, and Broncos were all sitting at 5-0.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell staying mum on Brett Favre saga for now - Don Banks -
Yet another prominent NFL quarterback is facing a potential violation of the league's personal conduct policy, and once again NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is ruling out nothing when it comes to any discipline he might hand down.

Does personal conduct policy apply to Favre? - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The defining policy of Roger Goodell’s tenure so far as NFL commissioner could be in serious danger of falling apart as quickly as it takes Brett Favre to throw another interception.

Playoff berth may not be enough for Singletary - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Give excitable San Francisco 49ers president Jed York credit for being supportive of his team in the face of its 0-5 start. York made news Sunday when he declared that the 49ers will still win the NFC West. Good luck with that.

Report: Singletary could be out, even with division championship |
So with the 49ers at 0-5 and with coach Mike Singletary potentially in trouble and owner Jed York proclaiming that the Niners will still win the division, pulling off that unprecedented feat would save Singletary's job, right? Nope.

Saints say goodbye to John Carney again |
John Carney's margin for error during his latest stint with the Saints was one missed kick.

San Francisco 49ers need to cut losses on Alex Smith - Ann Killion -
The San Francisco 49ers would never, ever stoop to taking advice from their cross-Bay rivals, the Oakland Raiders. But the winless 49ers desperately need some words of wisdom. And the Raiders, who travel to Candlestick Park on Sunday for a rare regular-season matchup, can offer some. Cut your losses.

NFL expects to review controversial catch rule in offseason - NFL -
The NFL expects to review the catch rule that cost Lions receiver Calvin Johnson a potential winning touchdown in a season-opening loss to Chicago.

Jets' Darrelle Revis has sore hamstring; status uncertain - NFL -
Darrelle Revis' balky left hamstring is acting up again.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers enter brutal stretch plagued by injuries - Peter King -
Six quick topics, and a good dose of your e-mail:

Vikings lose Cedric Griffin to another knee injury - NFL -
The Minnesota Vikings have lost starting cornerback Cedric Griffin for the rest of the season to another significant knee injury.

Is this some sort of popularity contest? Yes - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals gained ground in national popularity while winning back-to-back NFC West titles.

Vikings need to get Favre off the field, now |
We know that in some circles this will be viewed as blasphemy. But it's time. He's too banged up, and he's too distracted. Most importantly, he's just not getting it done. The Vikings need to find a way to get Brett Favre off the field.

KC Chief Game and Others Open a Valid Debate: Is the NFL Really a QB's League? | Bleacher Report
Let's fast forward to this past weekend and take a look at some Week 5 performances: