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10-22-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Almost the weekend, ASU is going to play Cal, and U of A is going to play Washington State, the Coyotes won last night, and the NBA season is about to start so some real Suns games will be on soon. This is the best time of the year. Especially since it is finally getting cold in Arizona.

Also, the people better hurry up and send my Kurt Warner FatHead to my house.

On to the links...

Extra wideouts and DRC’s look
Nothing changed on the injury front for the Cards today. The injury report remains the same, and nothing has changed my opinion that WR Steve Breaston will play this Sunday but it feels a lot more wait-and-see for WR Early Doucet and LB Gerald Hayes. The same goes for Doucet, by the way. "You don’t want to go back out there too soon and have a setback," Doucet said. "We’ll take it one day at a time. (Today) felt good. I wasn’t sore after practicing (Wednesday) and I am continuing my treatment. I am doing real good compared to most people who have had the surgery."

Cardinals offense getting healthier |
You can look at the Cardinals' 3-2 record a few ways. In a way, they've looked like the worst 3-2 team imaginable and they are due for a market correction. There was total doom and gloom at 2-2. I prefer to see them as a team that was lucky to win a few games when they weren't playing well, and have a real chance to get better as the season wears on. One reason for optimism is the health of their offense coming off the bye.

Arizona Cardinals' Joey Porter vows to increase sack total
For a guy who has only one sack through his first five games, Joey Porter didn't want to sound like a hot dog. So naturally, he'd rather be considered a hamburger. "It's like McDonald's. You know what the Big Mac tastes like every time," the Cardinals' outside linebacker said Thursday. "It's the same with me. You know what you're going to get from me every time."

Tim Hightower all in favor of Arizona Cardinals putting more focus on the running game
The theory making the rounds this week is that the Cardinals should try to put an extra emphasis on their running game Sunday when they visit the Seattle Seahawks. That way, they can take some pressure off their rookie quarterback Max Hall. Tim Hightower is a big proponent of that idea. - Arizona battles Seattle for early lead in NFC West
There's no secret behind Larry Fitzgerald's favorite road trip. Arizona's star pass catcher actually likes the hounding and ridicule that comes with a trip to Seattle, where fans should be especially revved up this week when the Cardinals and Seahawks play for first place in the NFC West.

Definition Of A Playmaker
Some of it is scheme, much of it is player, but teams need a handful

New injury risks for Fitzgerald, receivers? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Facebook friend Kevin writes: My fear now is for player's safety below the waist. Looking back on Larry Fitzgerald's injury in the preseason, I came away with two possible scenarios: 1) the defensive player was smaller than Larry and deemed it necessary to hit him low in order to make the play; 2) the defensive player was mindful of the NFL's policy and found it necessary to to hit him low. If the latter is the reason, I think the NFL is indirectly going to be responsible for a rash of leg injuries that can be just as detrimental to a players career as head injuries, albeit not life threatening. What are your thoughts? (I agree with Kevin)

Cardinals QB Max Hall ready for second start in Seattle’s loud Qwest Field - Phoenix arizona cardinals |
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Max Hall will have his second career NFL start Sunday in Seattle where the Seahawks have one of the loudest stadiums in the league. The rookie quarterback is preparing for the challenge, but it's not the first time he's played in front of noisy crowds.

Cardinals look to continue strong performances against NFC West rival Seahawks - Phoenix arizona cardinals |
When the Arizona Cardinals travel to Seattle this weekend for an NFC divisional showdown with the Seahawks, the team will look to continue a series of strong performances against their rivals from the Pacific Northwest. The Cardinals and Seahawks share the NFC West lead with 3-2 records. Arizona is coming off of a bye and will see several of its injured players potentially return. - Cardinals OT Lutui has pulled it together
Deuce Lutui's time spent in Ken Whisenhunt's doghouse seems like a distant memory in the desert.

Lee Stempniak scores first hat trick in leading Phoenix Coyotes to 4-2 win vs. Los Angeles Kings
Combine a little luck with talent, and it can be a potent mixture. Lee Stempniak's knack for being in the right places at opportune times paid off for the Coyotes forward Thursday night.

The Big Red Rage with Wilson and Rhodes
Cards safeties talk about the renewed emphasis on illegal hits and the match-up with the Seahawks.

On the Beat: Cardinals report

Whisenhunt On Divisional Game and More

Fantasy Football Week 7 Predictions: Cardinals May Be Singing In The Rain In Seattle - SB Nation Arizona
No one can ever say the Arizona Cardinals aren't interesting. Never before in the history of the league has a team put up thirty points on the scoreboard without scoring an offensive touchdown. The very notion of it is just ridiculous.

Time To See What We Got: A Look At The Valley’s Football Weekend - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
There is a common thread that runs through the Arizona gridiron action this weekend. At this point, each team is overflowing with uncertainty. Zero out of the three teams really know what they're going to get out of their players on a given day. Every one of these matchups is dangerous and could easily end up as trap-games.

Arizona Cardinals, College Football, Elimination Playoff Baseball Headline This Weekend’s Arizona Sports TV Schedule - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
This weekend presents us with an intriguing slate of college football matchups, a massive Cardinals divisional tilt, and elimination games to decide the participants of the 2010 World Series. - Quick Facts: Cardinals vs. Seahawks
The Seahawks and Cardinals will battle it out in Seattle for the top spot in the NFC West. The teams are 3-2 and both won their last game against a strong opponent. Seattle beat Chicago on the road and Arizona was able to take down the defending Super Bowl Champions in Week 5. Cardinals have the edge in the series and will attempt to extend their winning streak against the Seahawks. - Cardinals vs. Seahawks - Injury Report
The official injury report for the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks Week 7 game.

Collecting castoffs: How teams pad talent - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A quick look at the first-round draft choices on each team's 53-man roster, with comments on those added from other organizations: blogs - Kent Somers - Thursday observations
Many Cardinals fans continue to wonder why Tim Hightower is starting over Beanie Wells. I've always thought that it didn't matter much: Wells was going to get more carries anyway. I wonder, however, if Hightower's edge might be narrowing. blogs - Kent Somers - Killing them softly
Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond is just a rookie, but he already has an accurate scouting report on Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, according to a story today in The Seattle Times.

Arizona Cardinals: 5 Thoughts After the Bye Week | Bleacher Report
The Cardinals got some much needed time off as well, as coach Ken Whisenhunt decided to have them practice Wednesday only last week, giving them Thursday through Sunday off. It had to be a nice reprieve for the Cardinals, who have had as much of an up-and-down season as any other team in the NFL.

The Vikings accurately summarize the new NFL focus on dirty hits - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
An unnamed player on the Minnesota Vikings helpfully wrote a Cliff's Notes version of the NFL's video explaining the new emphasis on illegal hits:

A very VERY special Rich Eisen Podcast: Hard hits with Kurt Warner, Rod Woodson and Rich McKay | Rich Eisen – NFL Network
This helmet-to-helmet stuff has caught fire. It is THE topic of the National Football League at the moment, so much so that it’s even put Brett Favre’s meeting with NFL security AND the Cowboys 1-and-4 start all on to the national media’s back burner and THAT is saying a lot.

NFL Picks, Week 7: Prepare For Bird On Bird Violence - SB Nation Arizona
Our picks are as accurate as a David Anderson (remember him?) 15-yard touch pass. OK, we're not actually that bad but still, not very good.

Mailbag: Spanning the mighty NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Brian from Scottsdale, Ariz., writes: Is it too early to begin questioning the Cardinals' first-round draft choice, Dan Williams? I know he plays a position that doesn't yield great statistics, and I've read about his deactivation for a game for weight issues. I can't help but think a team should be getting more out of a player drafted this high.Your thoughts? news: Football is dangerous, but it doesn't have to be senseless
When the NFL puts its full muscle behind something, you tend to notice pretty quickly. Whether it's the push toward an 18-game season that began a year ago or partnerships for breast cancer awareness, when the league gets fixed on something, there is no mistaking its intent.

Channing Crowder chimes in on helmet-to-helmet hits |
No discussion on any key issue in the NFL is complete until we hear from Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder.

Week Seven Friday 10-pack |
We like to count in tens around here. It's simple. It's clean. It matches my IQ. Besides, if we didn't stop at 10, there's a chance we'd never shut up. So here are 10 takes for the coming weekend's games. With four teams on byes (again), we're not sure we could have come up with many more. news: Titans in spotlight; Favre back at Lambeau among Week 7 stories
Here are the 10 things I will be watching closely.

Matt Hasselbeck's Phone Ringing After Surprise Cameo on 'South Park' -- NFL FanHouse
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's phone started lighting up like crazy at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday night, and then again a few hours later.

(Pretty good episode) news: Wrist surgery ends season for Colts TE Clark
The number of go-to targets for Peyton Manning is shrinking. Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark was put on injured reserve Friday and will have season-ending wrist surgery. Clark said he met with three surgeons before the decision and plans to return next year for a ninth season.

Keith Brooking says violence inevitable part of NFL - Peter King -
In conversations with several players this week, I got the strong impression that we're not going to see a radically different football game Sunday afternoon. Not at all. What may change is a decrease in headhunting, which is a good thing.