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11-27-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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So... Did anyone watch that Boise game last night? Amazing ending.

Sharing With Beanie And Tim
It was born of necessity, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. That’s the reason Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells were in the lineup together for a couple of plays last weekend in Kansas City.

Niners game a sellout
Fear not, those worried about a TV blackout — the Cardinals’ 50th game at University of Phoenix Stadium (including preseason and postseason games) on Monday night against the 49ers is a sellout. That makes the Cards 50-for-50 in sellouts at home and should make for a great backdrop for the national ESPN telecast.

Vernon Davis' big chance vs. Cardinals? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Watching Seattle Seahawks tight end Chris Baker streak through the middle of the Arizona Cardinals' defense to catch a deep ball for a 44-yard gain had to catch Vernon Davis' attention during San Francisco 49ers study sessions this week. If Baker could get deep for what stands as his second reception longer than 36 yards in 125 career games, imagine what opportunities might be available to the 49ers' tight end. Davis ranks tied for the NFL lead among tight ends with two receptions of at least 40 yards this season.

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Walking the walk on Monday night. The Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers have some big names. Some were high draft choices. Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Wilson, Darnell Dockett, Joey Porter, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis, Michael Crabtree, etc. Which ones will show up on a national stage Monday night? Gore's the one to watch. He has 167, 112 and 99 yards rushing in his past three Monday night games (two against Arizona). Fitzgerald surprisingly hasn't finished a Monday night game with more than 46 yards receiving. Ex-Card Anquan Boldin (136) and current No. 2 wideout Steve Breaston (124) own the Cardinals' highest totals for receiving yardage on Monday nights since 2000.

Arizona Cardinals struggling with screen plays
The Cardinals have tried to incorporate screen passes to the running backs into the offense this season, although it has been hard to tell at times. Many of them have failed, due to poor execution, good plays by defenders, or both.

Phoenix Suns hold off rally this time, beating Los Angeles Clippers 116-108
After losing a game in which they led by 23 points to Chicago on Wednesday, Suns coach Alvin Gentry warned his team in the postgame locker room that they do not want to earn a reputation in the NBA as a team that is vulnerable to big rallies. Too late. The Suns even gave hope to the NBA's worst team, the 3-14 Los Angeles Clippers, on Friday night by letting a 25-point lead get cut to four before recharging the offense in a 116-108 victory at US Airways Center.

Arizona State football defeats UCLA behind Brock Osweiler's 4-touchdown passes
For Arizona State, Friday offered an escape. From all the near misses. From all the missed details. From all the hair-pulling frustration. This was about big plays, a goal-line stand and kickoff returners who set school records. It was also about the Sun Devils smiling, for once, as they left Frank Kush Field. Brock Osweiler came off the bench to throw for 380 yards and four touchdowns, leading Arizona State to a 55-34 win over UCLA in front of a crowd of 44,555 at Sun Devil Stadium. The sophomore's performance helped lift the Sun Devils from a 17-point deficit. It kept their bowl hopes, already slim, alive. And it presented an interesting question entering next week's showdown at rival Arizona.

Arizona Wildcats can't keep pace with No. 1 Oregon Ducks
Arizona Wildcats can't keep pace with No. 1 Oregon Ducks, Wildcats dropped their third straight game entering regular season finale with ASU. Oregon win 48-29.

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Anthony Edwards - Team Mentor

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Whisenhunt - Friday before 49ers

Predictions For The Valley’s Football Weekend: Food Coma Edition - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Ah, the day after Thanksgiving. Such a strange contrast of activities. Half the state embarks on the 2 a.m. human stampede that is Black Friday, while the other half mails it in and sleeps off the Thursday feast before going back for round two (or three, or four, or...). That being said, I hope everything had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hopefully we can use some of this newfound holiday cheer to reverse the failing football fortunes in Arizona. With the combined losing streak now stretched to nine games, we're almost reaching critical mass. Another 0-3 week may just cause the state spontaneously combust. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be too surprising.

NFC West Penalty Watch: Week 11 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at which players have been flagged most frequently while playing for NFC West teams through Week 11 this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information:

Mailbag: Revisiting Gruden and 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Calvin from Tucson writes: Can you shed some light as to why the Cardinals aren't even considering playing John Skelton? Could he possibly be worse than Derek Anderson or Max Hall?

Boise State Broncos vs. Nevada Wolf Pack - Recap - November 26, 2010 - ESPN
Two missed kicks, and Boise State went from being the darling of BCS busters everywhere to just another team looking for a bowl game. After winning 24 straight games, maybe it was just not meant to be.

The 50 Most Overrated QBs in NFL History | Bleacher Report
The 50 Most Overrated Quarterbacks in NFL History will not go without some controversy, in large part because they are subjective—different people measure a quarterback's ability in different ways.

(This guy just looks at their QB rating and ignores that the game was played differently during the time when most of these guys were playing)

Brian Urlacher, Bears defense face test vs. Eagles' Michael Vick - Peter King -
Before we start on Sunday's games, a word about one of the true good guys in the NFL. Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger will undergo chemotherapy for an undisclosed form of cancer, which makes the Nashville melodrama of the last few days seem incredibly unimportant. Best wishes to Mike and his family in these tough days ahead.

Thanksgiving ratings a bonanza for all three networks | ProFootballTalk
A monster season of NFL ratings continued as viewers feasted on an unusually entertaining slate of Thanksgiving games.

Alphonso Smith blames himself for Lions loss | ProFootballTalk
It was hard not to feel bad for Lions cornerback Alphonso Smith Thursday while Tom Brady and the Patriots abused him repeatedly in the second half. (If not then, Rex Ryan’s jab the following day did the trick.)

Signs point to Bruce Gradkowski starting on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
In an Associated Press item published earlier today, Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell was quoted as saying that he isn’t concerned about being benched during games, even though it has happened twice this year. It could be that he’s not concerned about being benched this weekend against the Dolphins because he already knows he won’t be starting.