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The John Skelton era will begin shortly, meanwhile, God sent a snow storm to delay the Vikings/Giants game and preserve Brett Favre's streak.

NFL Week 14: Broncos at Cardinals 2:15 AZT, The John Skelton Era Begins - SB Nation Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals are facing off against the Denver Broncos at University of Phoenix Stadium and for the third time this season will start a rookie quarterback. However, it will be the second different rookie to start. After Derek Anderson struggled with effectiveness and suffered a concussion in a 19-6 loss to the St. Louis Rams and Max Hall was lost for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder, John Skelton gets the start. Skelton, the fifth-round pick of the 2010 draft by the Cardinals, is making his first NFL start after finishing last week's game, going 3/6 for 45 yards. He will lead a 3-9 team that is in last place in the NFC West up against another 3-9 last place team in the Broncos, who just this week fired their head coach Josh McDaniels and replaced him for the rest of the season with running backs coach Eric Studesville.

Time to circle the Arizona Cardinals' top quarterback possibilities in the 2011 NFL Draft
It's beginning to feel a little like the audition for the Cardinals' next quarterback already has begun. Three of the four quarterbacks expected to land in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft will have come through Arizona by the conclusion of the college football season. Washington's Jake Locker played in Tucson's Arizona Stadium on Oct. 23, Stanford's Andrew Luck showcased his skills in Sun Devil Stadium on Nov. 13 and Auburn's Cam Newton will perform at University of Phoenix Stadium on Jan. 10 in the BCS title game. Only Arkansas' Ryan Mallett didn't make it to the desert. Will one of them be on the Cardinals' roster next season? To quote the world's most knowledgeable sphere: Signs point to yes.

John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals seek to end seven-game skid vs. Denver Broncos
It was just a coincidence, John Skelton said, that a small bottle of Pepto-Bismol was on his locker shelf Friday, two days before Skelton's first NFL start. "That's been there for a while," Skelton said with a little smile. With a 3-9 record and a seven-game losing streak, it's surprising the Cardinals aren't dispensing the stuff as if it's Gatorade.

Something To Play For
It’s been a few years since the Cardinals got to this point in the season – four games left – and weren’t making some kind of effort toward a playoff berth. That’s where the Cards are now though, hosting Denver Sunday, with mathematics the only thing keeping postseason hopes away from an official death. The normal motivations are lost. Motivations aren’t gone, however. They are just adjusted.

Is Cam Newton A Good Draft Option For The Arizona Cardinals? - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
At 3-9, most fans of the Arizona Cardinals have given up on the season, except for one thing-securing a solid draft pick. There certainly more than a little chatter calling for the team to tank the rest of the season (and some saying that they don't even need to try to tank-they are that bad). And while there are a lot of needs the team has, the most glaring one is that of quarterback. With that being said, Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallett, Jake Locker and Cam Newton will likely all be available in the 2011 draft. Most agree that Luck is the best NFL prospect, but the most intriguing guy in that group is the (probably) soon to be Heisman Trophy winner, Cam Newton.

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Week 14: Cards-Broncos Preview

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A preview of the Week 14 matchup between the Broncos and the Cardinals.

Shane Doan misses hat trick, but still leads Phoenix Coyotes to 5-2 win over Dallas Stars
One of those "it finally happened" nights seemed to be in the making for Coyotes captain Shane Doan. Doan, in his 15th season in the NHL, had gone 1,064 games without a hat trick - and Saturday night he came oh, so close. He scored twice in the first period and hit the post on a power play with 5:56 remaining. Still, it was a red-letter night for the Coyotes, who responded from an ugly loss to defeat Dallas 5-2 at Arena on Saturday night in front of 11,410.

Glendale, Phoenix Coyotes' prospective buyer strike deal; city council vote pending
Glendale has struck a deal that would pay the Phoenix Coyotes' prospective buyer $197 million over the next five years, more than the city spent to build an arena for the team seven years ago. Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer would get $100 million, which Glendale will raise from a bond issue, as soon as the deal is signed.

New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings to play on Monday because of snowstorm in Minneapolis
A snowstorm has pushed the New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game to Monday night. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the decision in an e-mail message Saturday night, with the Giants stuck in Kansas City because of the weather in Minnesota that brought 15 or more inches of snow.

Metrodome roof collapses under weight of snow - ESPN
The Metrodome will not be available for Monday night's game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings after the stadium's inflatable Teflon roof collapsed under the weight of snow from a heavy storm that passed through Saturday.

NFL Fantasy Football Week 14 Predictions: John Skelton Makes First NFL Start Against Orton And The Broncos - SB Nation Arizona
Predictions and analysis for the top seven NFL fantasy football options in Sunday's match up between the 3-9 Arizona Cardinals and the 3-9 Denver Broncos.

Valley is a tough marketplace for bad sports teams
Tickets can be a wonderful holiday gift, especially in a region where fandom is considered civic duty. In Arizona, it's like boxing up a pair of tube socks. In our prickly marketplace, LeBron James sells. So do the Cowboys on Christmas. So do the Red Wings on a Saturday night. So do really big events, the ones that create a vortex of excitement and the illusion of a thriving sports metropolis. The rest of the seats aren't so hot. In our reality, street value rarely exceeds face value. Franchises lure new customers with creative pricing while insulting loyal long-term fans who sheepishly pay top dollar. And forces that conspire in the desert - a state hit especially hard by the recession, creating even less discretionary income for notoriously fickle spectators - has made it a tenuous time for everyone.

Sifting through NFC West QB performance - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts while searching for better ways to use the play-by-play offensive personnel charting I've been amassing since at least the 2006 season:

Not the three-peat Arizona had in mind - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Sixty-three teams have played three games in a row at home over the last 10 NFL seasons. Fifty-nine of them won at least one of the three games. That's 93.7 percent. The Arizona Cardinals need a victory against Denver on Sunday to avoid joining the four teams since 2001 to lose all three games of a three-game home stand. They lost at home to San Francisco in Week 12 and at home to St. Louis in Week 13. The Rams and Kansas City Chiefs lost three in a row, all at home, last season. The 2008 Detroit Lions and 2001 Carolina Panthers were the only other teams since 2001 to suffer such a run. news: Titans owner Adams plans to evaluate team, coach after season
Titans owner Bud Adams told The Tennessean on Friday that he is "not too happy" with his team's performance and plans to evaluate coach Jeff Fisher's status at the end of the season. "We'll go up to the end of the season, and then I'll make my decision," Adams said. "I am not very pleased with what has happened here, though. It's not what I had in mind." Unlock HQ Video HQ video delivered by Akamai The Titans started the season 5-2, then racked up a six-game losing streak, their second in the last two years. They're also on the verge of missing the playoffs for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.

Kansas City Chiefs lock in Jamaal Charles with 5-year, $32.5 million deal - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs have reached agreement with running back Jamaal Charles on a five-year, $32.5 million deal that includes $13 million guaranteed, according to a league source.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel to miss game vs. Dalllas Cowboys - ESPN
Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel won't play against the Dallas Cowboys because of a knee injury.

Defensive players still confused about illegal hits, league fines - ESPN
Seven weeks after the NFL's crackdown on illegal hits, players remain confused about what they can and can't do. The league says there should be no such uncertainty. Many players questioned by The Associated Press over the past week believe there's a lack of consistency in calls; don't understand the disciplinary process through which fines are handed out; say the punishments often don't fit the crime; and even suggest some players are being targeted by game officials and the NFL.

QB Matt Cassel out for Chiefs' showdown at San Diego - NFL -
Quarterback Matt Cassel didn't travel to San Diego on Saturday and is out for the Chiefs' game against the Chargers. Cassel, having the finest year of his career for the AFC West-leading Chiefs (8-4), underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning. The Chiefs refused to say all week whether he would be available for the game against the Chargers, who are in second place behind Kansas City in the AFC West.

Times are a-changin, especially with healin - Will Carroll -
Herewith the latest for Week 14:

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting the Arizona Cardinals | Bleacher Report
Cardinal fans. Let's be honest. Arizona does not have the best record when it comes to the NFL draft. Yet, it has been very clear that the Cardinals are in desperate need of improvement all over the field.