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11-10-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Eight To Make It Right
The goal of winning division still within reach but play must improve

Arizona Cardinals' division: they're all winners?
Through the first half of the season, the NFC West has been the NFL's equivalent of a YMCA youth league in which scores and records aren't kept.

Dancing With the Stars: Kurt Warner eliminated
Kurt Warner's "Dancing With the Stars" stint is over, but the Super Bowl champ is still a crowd pleaser. The studio audience and Warner's fellow contestants cheered "M-V-P! M-V-P!" as he was eliminated from the hit ABC show Tuesday.

2010 NFC West: At Halfway Point, Cardinals Should Still Be Favorites - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
The past two seasons have spoiled us as Cardinal fans. I guess a couple of division titles and a Super Bowl appearance will do that, I guess. So this new thing of being other than in first place has people a little (a lot) grumpy. It's been so crazy that (I didn't hear this first hand) supposedly on one radio show it was intimated that Ken Whisenhunt is on the hot seat with ownership.

Arizona Cardinals still have a great opportunity with a weak NFC West
In two months, a football team with a losing record will win the NFC West. By rule, that team will host a playoff game against a superior opponent. The national media will roar in outrage, and we could be the lucky targets of such ridicule. Bring it on.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings: 10 Things We Learned | Bleacher Report
Let's face it. There are some games that make you want to stop rooting for your team. This was one of them.

Marquee matchup in return game Sunday - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle-Arizona game Sunday features two of the NFL's most dangerous kickoff return specialists. LaRod Stephens-Howling scored on a 96-yard kickoff return for Arizona in Week 9, matching the Seahawks' Leon Washington with two kickoff return touchdowns this season.

Donovan McNabb To Cardinals: Was This The Plan All Along? - SB Nation Arizona
Did the Cardinals punt a season for a shot at Donovan McNabb? - Get over it Cards fans. You're married to Whisenhunt.
It's easy to be angry and upset with head coach Ken Whisenhunt right now, but is it warranted?

Iwebema to IR, Cards sign Obiozor
As expected, defensive end Kenny Iwebema’s knee ligaments are torn, leading the Cards to place Iwebema on injured reserve and ending his season. The Cards went out and brought back linebacker Cyril Obiozor, who spent a little time on the Cards’ active roster earlier this season. Obiozor then moved to the practice squad, where the Chargers plucked him for their active roster — briefly. He then was moved to San Diego’s practice squad, from which the Cards have now signed him.

Madden 11 Week Nine Ratings Change Suggestions |
Halfway through the season and 6-2 is the best record in the NFL as shared by six teams. While the Giants and Falcons appear to be the best in the NFC with a few other teams on their heels there is a log jam at the top of the AFC but the coming weeks should provide the opportunity to see some separation there.

The Way I See It - Stephen Spach - NFC West midseason reports
In PFW's midseason team reports, we focus on each team's biggest surprise and biggest disappointment, a fantasy football MVP, an assistant coach on the rise, and a fearless prediction for the second half of the season.

Kurt Warner has some free time on his hands |
As the Cardinals struggle with a quarterback crap-o-sel of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton, the guy who helped turn around the long-languishing franchise suddenly has plenty of extra time on his hands. Kurt Warner has been eliminated from ABC's Dancing with the Stars. - Soaring around the NFC West after Week 9
Even with half the division off in Week 9, the NFC West race became closer than the time of birth of identical twins. - Cardinals midseason report card: Offense
Through eight games last season the Cardinals were 5-3, on the way to a 10-win season and a second-consecutive NFC West crown. Just one year before that the Cardinals were also 5-3 at the midway point, though nothing that happened in those eight or the next eight games would have given any indication that a Super Bowl run was on the horizon.

Power rankings: Sizing up schedules - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Facebook friend Michael likes the Cardinals and also likes their chances after checking out's NFL Power Rankings for Week 10. "The Cardinals may be ranked 25th," he wrote, "but at least they have five games remaining against teams ranked 28-32." Six of the Cardinals' remaining eight games come against teams ranked 24th or lower. Arizona is the only team in the division without a game against a team currently ranked among the top 10.

Seattle Seahawks Vs. Arizona Cardinals: Who Will Win The NFC West? | Bleacher Report
This is a division-changing week in the NFL. Not too often you can say that. But in a year like this one, where parity has seemed to reign more than usual, this week looms large in determining the outcome of the NFC West.

Kurt Warner, Dancing With The Stars Part Ways - SB Nation Arizona
It was pretty easy to see coming. Kurt Warner and Dancing With The Stars were destined to break up. They couldn't keep going out in the face of producer pressure -- you know, that whole kick someone off every week thing. But Kurt did make a valiant effort to get to the final five, sticking with Brandy, Jennifer Grey, Kyle and Bristol Palin ... wait, Bristol's still on the show? What the?

Arizona Cardinal's wide receiver Max Komar outside the huddle
Arizona Cardinal's wide receiver Max Komar outside the huddle, Undrafted, free-agent rookie Max Hall talks about making the team, being inactive.

NFC West High Energy Player of the Week - NFC West Blog - ESPN
I'd be OK renaming this award for the Arizona Cardinals' LaRod Stephens-Howling if his name would fit in the headline. Perhaps we could simply hyphenate the "High Energy" part in his honor.

NFL Power Rankings Week 10 - National Football League - ESPN
The Baltimore Ravens' rise to the top of's NFL Power Rankings faces an immediate test: Thursday night, they visit the No. 3 Atlanta Falcons. If the Falcons score the "upset," the penthouse could be wrecked before the rest of Week 10's games unfold Sunday and Monday.

Power Rankings: How the voters voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC teams (plural) finally cracked the top five in's NFL Power Rankings. It hadn't happened since New Orleans, Green Bay and Atlanta bunched near the top way back in Week 5.

Week 9, Cardinals Fantasy Football News And Results: Hyphen To The House - SB Nation Arizona
NFL Week 9: Cardinals Fantasy Football News And Results

Audio: Sizing up the NFC West race - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Just passing along: Doug & Wolf from Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix have made available audio from our NFC West discussion Tuesday morning.

The Phantom Passer
Steve Breaston, quarterback. At least for one play. The Cards worked all last week on an end-around pass from Breaston to Larry Fitzgerald. The play came up in Sunday’s game, but the Vikings wouldn’t let Fitzgerald come free, making sure he was double covered. So Breaston (who uses "Stevie Phantom" as an alias) rolled to the right and calmly waited for tight end Jim Dray to come open on a drag route and hit Dray for a 17-yard gain. The play was part of the Cards’ final scoring drive that put them up, 24-10.

NFL NFC West Standings, Week 9: Cardinals Gag, Seahawks Bound And Tortured - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
In case you were the one person with a question about which NFL division is the weakest, the results in NFL Week 9 probably convinced you. San Francisco and St. Louis both took their bye week and did well in the standings thanks to the general stench from the Cardinals blown lead and the Seahawks getting blown out. That was enough to rob the NFC West of any shred of dignity that had remained heading into the week.

Brian Cushing's play since return comes under criticism |
In this well thought out takedown of Kubiak's decision making, Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chroncile's Z Report blog says that Cushing looks "VERY average after his suspensions for banned substances."

The Designed Rush Redux: Terrell Owens Soars, Troy Polamalu Flattened And Other MNF Highlights -
A look back at the happenings from a wild Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and Bengals. Plus! Ray Rice signs an autograph to get out of a ticket, and Jon Gruden is still coming up with stupid nicknames.

Roger Goodell: NFL's owner, union keep talking 18-game schedule - NFL -
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the union has made its counter proposal to the owners' plan for an 18-game regular season.

NFL parity in full effect with unprecedented logjam atop divisions - Don Banks -
With every NFL team having played at least half their games at this point, it's a logical time to take stock of the standings and the eight division races. And here's what jumps out: We've got races galore. I'm talking races everywhere you look. In fact, for the first time since the league's 2002 realignment, we've got razor-thin margins in every single division at midseason. Eight for eight.

Matt Ryan was nearly a Raven; Terrell Owens the man for Bengals - Peter King -
It's an all-Tweet-mailbag Tuesday ... so many stories, so many reactions. I'll touch on three stories of the day, then answer 10 of your Twitter queries to my @SI_PeterKing account.

NFL overtime rules didn't need tweaked, evidence suggests - Don Banks -
Hearing Jets kicker Nick Folk candidly admit Sunday that he assumed the NFL's new not-so-sudden-death overtime rules for the playoffs also applied to the 2010 regular season prompted a thought: Why haven't we heard the annual hue and cry about the inherent unfairness of a team being able to win the coin flip and then be victorious on the first possession of overtime?

NFL discloses what players were told about illegal hits and fines - NFL -
The NFL wants everyone to know what it told players months ago about illegal hits and how the disciplinary process works.

Donovan McNabb: 'Hilarous' to think he doesn't know plays - NFL -
Donovan McNabb says it's "hilarious" to think that he doesn't know the Washington Redskins' offense. news: Unlikely trio of QBs top the charts in passer rating
Have you taken a look at the NFL passing statistics lately? Where are all the "good" guys? The franchise quarterbacks? More importantly, how did all these secondary quarterbacks sneak into the top five?

Terrell Owens on pace to reach every contract incentive |
When Terrell Owens signed with the Bengals, he was given a $2 million base salary and the chance to earn up to $2 million more by reaching various statistical milestones. But some of those milestones required him to put up such big numbers that he called hitting all the incentives "an unreachable goal." He was wrong.

Cowboys' struggles could make Jerry push for a labor deal |
The effort to negotiate a new labor deal continues to languish. On Monday night in Cincinnati, Commissioner Roger Goodell offered a sobering assessment regarding the lack of progress.

Ray Rice says he gave officer autograph only after getting warning |
Pro athletes routinely claim that they've been misquoted. Sometimes, they even claim that they have misquoted themselves. That's essentially what Ravens running back Ray Rice said today, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Jim McMahon suffering from memory loss |
Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon says he's suffering from memory loss that he attributes to injuries suffered on the football field. "My memory's pretty much gone," McMahon, who's best remembered as the quarterback of the Super Bowl-winning 1985 Bears, told the Chicago Tribune. "There are a lot of times when I walk into a room and forget why I walked in there. I'm going through some studies right now and I am going to do a brain scan. It's unfortunate what the game does to you."

Al Davis wants Jason Campbell to start for Raiders |
Raiders coach Tom Cable is wavering about his quarterback situation. Raiders owner Al Davis may be the cause of that wavering. Although Cable has insisted that the starting job is Bruce Gradkowski's as soon as Gradkowski is healthy, Davis has reportedly told Cable that Jason Campbell should remain under center.

Childress-led Vikings still in turmoil |
Think the Vikings solved their in-house problems with a stunning, late-game turnaround against the Cardinals, which saw a 14-point deficit erased and a three-point win achieved in overtime? Think again.

Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Philip Rivers is back on the MVP Watch list now that the San Diego Chargers are winning again. He's close to overtaking Peyton Manning for the top spot, even. Only a bye week can stop Rivers in Week 10.

Locker-room chatter points to possible Henne benching |
When new Tennessee receiver Randy Moss plays his first game as a member of the Titans in Miami on Sunday, Moss could be getting an up-close look at one of his former college teammates. There's talk in the locker room that Dolphins backup quarterback Chad Pennington could soon be replacing Chad Henne.