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10-25-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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That was an ugly loss... The defense played well enough to keep the Cardinals in the game, but the complete ineptitude of the offense just seemed to wear them out and by the end of the game they just couldn't keep it up anymore. Now the Seahawks are in 1st place in the NFC West, but the Rams and 49ers also blew leads in the final minute of their games and lost which helps us out. On to next Sunday against Tampa Bay which will also be the regular season debut of the Black Jerseys.

Also, because a game recap hasn't gone up yet, I will wait until later tonight, and if Andrew or someone else doesn't do one by then I'll write it up for you guys.

Searching For Offense
Points hard to come by in Seattle while breaking in rookie quarterback

Effort Of Branch, Defense Not Enough
Hightower's potential big day derailed by fumble in Seattle loss

Ken Whisenhunt can't live with Tim Hightower's fumbles | ProFootballTalk.com
Cardinals running back Tim Hightower got just six carries in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, and coach Ken Whisenhunt made it clear that Hightower won't get many more carries if he can't learn to stop fumbling.

Seahawks aftermath
What have we learned after this trip to Seattle? Well, the defense of the last two games is what I expected. Not a second coming of the Steel Curtain, but pretty solid. I’m still not sure why the meltdowns in Atlanta and San Diego occurred, although it doesn’t matter much. Maybe it was just the idea they needed to figure out how to play with each other. Bottom line, they have to keep playing this way.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
In the NFC West, style points don't count. Good thing, too, with how average the Seattle Seahawks looked in taking over the top spot Sunday.

Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 22, Cardinals 10 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Seahawks take over sole possession of first place in the NFC West with a 4-2 record, outperforming expectations. This game would have meant more in the NFC West race if the Cardinals had pulled an upset. Seattle essentially held serve by winning at home. With a road game against Oakland in Week 8, the Seahawks have a shot at maintaining their lead in the division even if Arizona beats Tampa Bay at home.

Dreary Day In Seattle
Cards can't overcome five turnovers as Hall struggles in 22-10 loss

Arizona Cardinals offense sputters in Seattle
As rain drops the size of Volkswagens fell, the Cardinals left Qwest Field on Sunday evening wondering how, when -- and maybe even if -- their offensive drought will ever end.

Sunday wasn't pretty, but the Seattle Seahawks should feel good at 4-2 and in first place in the NFC West
Against the disheveled Cardinals, the Seahawks survived a blooper reel of embarrassing mistakes.

Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt losing patience with Tim Hightower's fumbling
Running back Tim Hightower lost a fumble on his sixth carry on Sunday, and he didn't get a chance for a seventh attempt.

Cardinals rookie QB Max Hall leaves with injury
Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Max Hall left Sunday's game at Seattle in the third quarter after he received what the team announced was a "blow to the head."

Arizona Cardinals: The Good And The Bad From Week 7 - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
In Week 7 of the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals visited the Seattle Seahawks and lost. What was good and what was bad in the divisional game?

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Sunday night in Seattle
There is not much to analyze after the Cardinals 22-10 loss to Seattle. It's obvious what cost the Cardinals the game: five turnovers, three deep in their territory, and the continued struggles of the offense.

Steve Breaston inactive for Cardinals - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
The weather forecast calling for rain at Qwest Field has proved more accurate than reports suggesting Steve Breaston would likely return from injury to start for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7.

In the Red Zone with Ken Whisenhunt - SEA Review
Coach Whisenhunt reviews the Cardinals loss at Seattle with Doug and Wolf on Sports 620 KTAR

Cardinals vs. Seahawks highlights
Not many of them...

Cardinals postgame press conference

Ben Graham's Punting Styles

No magic in Arizona Cardinals quarterback Max Hall this time around
Some bubbles burst. This one was blown away.

Silver linings: Cardinals at Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Cardinals fell to 3-3 with a 22-10 road defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7.

KTAR.com - Burns: Max Hall or Derek Anderson
Max or Derek? It's like going to the movies only to find everything is sold out except for 3D Jackass and Life As We Know It. A vegan at a steakhouse has better choices.

KTAR.com - E: Cardinals squander opportunity against Seahawks
I'm not sure exactly how Ken Whisenhunt addressed his team before taking the field Sunday in Seattle, but my guess is the word "opportunity" certainly came up more than once.

KTAR.com - Coach Whisenhunt compliments defense for giving them a chance
Despite five turnovers the Arizona Cardinals still had a chance to win Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

KTAR.com - Gambo: Hall not ready, Anderson gives Cardinals best chance to win
I said it the day the decision to make Max Hall the starter was made and now I'll say it again. While Derek Anderson is an average to below average quarterback in this league and will have no future with this team beyond this season, he does give Arizona the best chance to win right now.

KTAR.com - Doug: Notes on Cardinals loss to Seahawks
- Opinions Entries at ktar.com

NFL.com news: Cards QB Hall healing from 'Hawks beating, could play Sunday
Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Max Hall experienced "concussion-like symptoms" during Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but he is feeling better Monday, according to a league source.

Arizona Cardinals-Seattle Seahawks play of the game
Arizona Cardinals-Seattle Seahawks play of the game, The Seahawks had the ball and were leading 3-0. There was 6:11 remaining in the second quarter. It was fourth down.

Cardinals will go back to Max Hall "if healthy" | ProFootballTalk.com
Reality hit home for everyone's favorite cinderella story, Cardinals quarterback Max Hall.

Whiz’s day-after thoughts
Wanted to throw up some of coach Ken Whisenhunt’s thoughts the day after, before we head to the locker room to talk to some players:

NFC West QB rankings through Week 7 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
My weekly look at where NFC West quarterbacks stand (trending arrows indicate general direction, not necessarily a change in ranking from the previous week):

Power Rankings revisited: Week 7 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings:

Raheem Morris: "We're the best team in the NFC" | ProFootballTalk.com
The Bucs have two 25-point home losses this season, but that doesn't matter to coach Raheem Morris.

NFL Watchability Scale: Read Before Consuming Jaguars Football - SB Nation Arizona
You've seen it for the NBA, now consume it for the NFL. Scott Howard tells you which teams are worth watching and which ones will probably put you to sleep.

McDaniels apologizes while the rest of Denver goes insane | ProFootballTalk.com
Broncos Josh McDaniels knew this wasn't just any other loss. After Denver's 59-14 beatdown to Oakland, the coach tried to make sense of the seemingly season-shattering moment.

Week Seven Monday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk.com
I'm applying a slightly different approach to the Monday 10-pack today, given an unexpected appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, which required me to try to get some sleep, or my eyes would have perfectly matched the red tie I was wearing. (Actually, with Halloween coming, it may have been a good look.)

Ben Roethlisberger fumble against Miami; Brett Favre-Brad Childress feud - Peter King - SI.com
We interrupt an awful lot happening here in Week 7, including the Ben Roethlisberger fumble and give back, to bring you the Stat of the Year, on the heels of Drew Brees and Brett Favre throwing seven interceptions between them to lead their teams to losses Sunday. The World Series hasn't even started yet, and they've already thrown more interceptions, combined, than they did all last year.

Trouble brews in Big Easy, Johnson shines for Chiefs - Andrew Perloff - SI.com
Quick-hitting insights from the slate of 1 p.m. games.

Report: Brett Favre admits leaving voicemails for Sterger - NFL - SI.com
Brett Favre reportedly admitted leaving voicemails for the former New York Jets game hostess to whom a website says he also sent lewd photos.

Childress: Favre in walking boot, has stress fracture | ProFootballTalk.com
Minnesota's loss to Green Bay Sunday night will be costly in more ways than one.

Childress calls out Favre, who is unsure of status next week | ProFootballTalk.com
Sorry, folks: It's going to be tough to avoid writing about Brett Favre this week. The guy just gives us too much material.

Like old times: Favre's passes to Packers make the difference | ProFootballTalk.com
It lived up to the hype. Take away the fan hatred, the off-field distractions, the injuries, the tired storylines, and you had a fantastically entertaining, hard-fought, and occasionally sloppy football game on Sunday night.

Alex Smith injury update: 49ers QB waiting to hear on shoulder - NFL - SI.com
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith spent Monday morning at a hospital in London, and is still waiting to hear if a left shoulder injury will keep him from playing against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

NFL: Players responded well to crackdown on illegal hits - NFL - SI.com
One week after drawing heavy fines for illegal hits, James Harrison and Brandon Meriweather were praised by the NFL for clean play in Sunday's victories.

NFL.com news: Offenses pay the price for putting ball in the air
Some key takeaways from an action-packed Week 7 in the NFL:

The Designed Rush, Week 7: Goodbye Helmet Shots Fiasco, Hello New NFL Fumble Rules - SBNation.com
Up next for the NFL as it prepares for next season (whenever that is): examining the rules surrounding fumbles, thanks to the Steelers' controversial win over the Dolphins.

Week 7 winners and losers | National Football Post
Let’s take a look back at the Week 7 action. My "winners" and "losers’’ from the slate of Sunday games…

Simply no givens this season in the NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
If Week 7 proved anything, it's to expect the unexpected in the wacky NFL

Browns' Bowens leads NFL Week 7 interception party - NFL - SI.com
One week it's big hits, the next it's big picks.

In Case You Forgot, The NFL Is A League Of Parity And Nothing Makes Sense - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Drew Brees threw four interceptions — two returned for touchdowns by a defensive lineman named David Bowens less than a week after Brees' second son, Bowen, was born — and it wasn't even the oddest thing to happen during his team's game. That's just a hint of how absurd today's slate of early games was.

Week Seven Quick Slants: Kolb makes it easy on Reid | ProFootballTalk.com
Your Week Seven early quick slants while I wonder if the Titans are the new favorites in the AFC South . . .

Wrap-up: Buccaneers 18, Rams 17 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Rams blew a prime opportunity to have a winning record after seven games. They also blew an opportunity to win a road game for the first time this season. The Rams need to win at least once on the road this season for a shot at an 8-8 record. They led the Bucs throughout, but could not finish. They likewise could not finish against Oakland early in the season. Those types of road defeats against flawed opponents will haunt the Rams this season.

Wrap-up: Panthers 23, 49ers 20 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: Alex Smith no longer has to worry about 49ers fans chanting for backup David Carr. Fans got their wish Sunday when a sprained left shoulder prevented Smith from continuing. Carr struggled badly, however, and his late interception put the Panthers in position to score the winning points. Count this as another devastating defeat in for the 49ers in a season filled with them. There's no evidence suggesting the 49ers will turn around their season. They appear hopeless.

Seahawks in NFC West driver's seat after beating Cardinals | ProFootballTalk.com
The Seattle Seahawks are in control in the NFC West.

Singletary thinks Niners still have a shot at playoffs | ProFootballTalk.com
After the 49ers fell to 0-5, owner Jed York said the team will still win the division. Now that they have dropped to 1-6, coach Mike Singletary didn't go quite as far. But he came close.

The Raiders push Broncos towards irrelevance | ProFootballTalk.com
One week after Jason Campbell did his best JaMarcus Russell impression, the Raiders put together their most impressive offensive performance in the franchise's 50-year history.

Seahawks lose Russell Okung again | ProFootballTalk.com
When he's played, left tackle Russell Okung has looked promising. He just hasn't played enough.

Nothing ugly about first place for Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The word "ugly" sounded like "lucky" to Seattle Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy following his team's aesthetically challenged 22-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

49ers vs. Panthers - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Matt Moore made the most of his second chance, David Gettis atoned for a big drop, and the big mistake this time was made by the other team's quarterback.

Rams vs. Buccaneers - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Dreadful for a half, Tampa Bay found a way to win again. Josh Freeman has a knack for helping the Buccaneers do that.

Jaguars vs. Chiefs - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Everybody sat back and waited for the 38-year-old quarterback who hadn't won as a starter since 2001 to make a critical mistake.

Eagles vs. Titans - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
If Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt keeps playing like this, defenses won't be able to focus only on stopping Chris Johnson .

Bills vs. Ravens - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Ray Lewis walked out of the shower, a towel wrapped around his waist and a broad smile planted on his face.

Browns vs. Saints - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
David Bowens looks even older than he is, with specks of gray in his hair and beard. So after the 33-year-old Cleveland linebacker intercepted Drew Brees twice Sunday and returned both for touchdowns, teammates celebrating their stunning 30-17 victory over the defending champion New Orleans Saints joked at Bowens' expense.

Redskins vs. Bears - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
DeAngelo Hall looked like he was playing catch with Jay Cutler . When the Bears quarterback threw the ball, he was there to intercept it - four times.

Bengals vs. Falcons - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Take that, Ocho and T.O. Roddy White had one of the best games of his career, outshining Cincinnati's loquacious receiving duo all by himself to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a wild 39-32 victory over the Bengals on Sunday.

Steelers vs. Dolphins - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
With the game up for grabs, Ben Roethlisberger found himself part of an end-zone scrum so frantic the officials were unable to determine who had the ball. That gave the game to the Steelers.

Patriots vs. Chargers - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
The San Diego Chargers blundered right down to the bitter end against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots .

Raiders vs. Broncos - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Snowball effect? This was more of an avalanche.

Vikings vs. Packers - Recap - October 24, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Some Green Bay Packers fans still can't bear the sight of Brett Favre in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. It probably hurt a little bit less after the Packers finally sent him home with a loss.