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10-10-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Vikings Aftermath

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Well, at least it is the bye week so we know the Cardinals won't lose this week.

That is all I really have to say after such a pathetic loss. And now here are some links.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals lose on the road to the Minnesota Vikings
It seemed laughable on Sunday when Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb gathered teammates outside the locker room before the game against the Cardinals and told them, "Ain't no reason we shouldn't blow these guys out." The Vikings, after all, were 0-4 and had McNabb at quarterback. Turns out, McNabb was far more accurate with his mouth than his arm. The Vikings led 28-0 after the first quarter and 34-10 after four. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Cardinals (1-4), who haven't won a game outside Glendale since the 2010 season opener - a string of 10 games. Coach Ken Whisenhunt usually is cool after the game, but his temper was unseasonably warm Sunday, like the weather here.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings - Recap - October 09, 2011 - ESPN
Adrian Peterson rammed his way into the end zone to make Minnesota's early lead even larger, lowering his shoulder to finish the run as if to pour four weeks of frustration out on his unsuccessful tackler. The Minnesota Vikings finally ended their troubling habit of stumbling down the stretch. Peterson powered in for three first-quarter touchdowns to build a cushion so big even Minnesota couldn't lose it, and the Vikings earned their first victory Sunday by beating the bumbling Arizona Cardinals 34-10.

Wrap-up: Vikings 34, Cardinals 10 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 34-10 road defeat against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5:

Cards Dig Too Deep A Hole
Notebook: Peterson carries Vikings, Housler gets first start

Minnesota Vikings fans boo despite success vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Vikings led the Cardinals 28-3 at halftime on Sunday, yet the crowd at the Metrodome booed intermittently throughout the half. Quarterback Donovan McNabb was a constant target because he completed 4 of 12 passes. So was coach Leslie Frazier, who decided not to run another play when the Vikings were near midfield before the half. Fans not only booed McNabb, they also chanted for an appearance by rookie Christian Ponder.

Good Bye After Minnesota
Cardinals head into break after painful 34-10 loss to Vikings blogs - Kent Somers - Post-game spread
I don't have any deep thoughts after the Cardinals 34-10 drubbing at the horns of the Vikings. So here are some shallow ones:

Arizona Cardinals vs Minnesota Vikings Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Adrian Peterson had a huge day on the ground, rushing for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-10 drubbing of the Arizona Cardinals.

Social media: How to fix the Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are 1-4 after losing 34-10 to the previously winless Vikings. We ask our Twitter followers for some solutions on how to handle a badly scuffling football team.

Cardinals rewind: What we learned in loss to Vikings
Rewind: Kent Somers breaks down the Cardinals' 34-10 loss to the Vikings, which puts Arizona at 1-4 on the season.

Arizona Cardinals-Minnesota Vikings play of the game
The setup: The Cardinals had the ball and were trailing 14-0. It was second and 1 from the Cardinals 29-yard line. There was 8:22 remaining in the first quarter.

Arizona Cardinals presented with a plethora of problems
All right now. Take that paper bag off your head before someone gets hurt. You must face the carnage, Cardinals fans. Your team is a mess. Sunday's 34-10 debacle at the Metrodome exposed the team's biggest flaws, all rolled into one big ball of manure. Let's get at it, shall we?

Word From the Birds Blog - Vikings aftermath
Beanie Wells came around the corner, looked at Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin, lowered his shoulder and blew Griffin up. Griffin’s helmet and skullcap went flying. Wells picked up nine yards. It was an angry run, and why wouldn’t it have been? The Vikings were already ahead, 28-3. There was no reason to be anything but upset if you were a Cardinal. "I don’t know what it was," Wells said, with a disappointed chuckle. "I was just trying to run the plays." It was fitting in some ways, Wells’ run. It came in the middle of the Cards’ longest drive of the day, one that ultimately ended with a punt after QB Kevin Kolb couldn’t connect with tight end Rob Housler for a touchdown, and then Kolb being sacked for a 17-yard loss.

Kevin Kolb and questioning Cards' tack - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Frustrations rise following lopsided defeats, sometimes impeding clear analysis. Other times, frustrations lower inhibitions, leading players to speak truths they might withhold under different circumstances. I tend to think Kevin Kolb's comments following the Arizona Cardinals' 34-10 defeat Sunday fall into the second category. They were too specific to qualify as something he wasn't really feeling. They carried additional credibility coming from a quarterback than if they'd come from a player with a less global view of the team's preparation.

Playoffs? Cue Mora rant on 1-4 Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With apologies to the elder Jim Mora, who famously intoned against playoff talk for the Indianapolis Colts team he was coaching years ago, I'll size up the Arizona Cardinals' postseason chances in two words. Not likely. Five of the previous 100 teams to start 1-4 earned postseason berths, all since 1990.

Four Down Territory: Tivo a blessing, a curse for watching Cardinals -
Tivo: It's a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I was able to go to my son's baseball tournament on Sunday and still watch the Cardinals game. A curse because…I was subsequently forced to watch the Cardinals game. In the old days of the VCR I could've blamed a bad tape or the blinking "12:00 am" on the display.

Cards Daily - Postgame Reaction MIN
Coach Whisenhunt and the Cardinals got behind early to the Vikings and were never able to recover. Listen to sounds from the locker room after the game.

Cardinals vs. Vikings highlights
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson torches the Cardinals for 122 rush yards, 3 TDs in a 34-10 victory.

Arizona Sports News:

ASU football up to No. 18 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll
Arizona State jumps up to No. 18 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 20 in The USA Today Top 25 Poll after its win over Utah on Saturday.

NFL News:

Rapid Reaction: 49ers 48, Buccaneers 3 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 48-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their Week 5 matchup Sunday at Candlestick Park:

Wrap-up: Seahawks 36, Giants 25 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 36-25 victory over the New York Giants in Week 5:

NFL Week 5 Injury Report: Mario Williams Might Miss Time; Chargers' Backfield Banged Up -
SB Nation's Medical Expert updates all the significant NFL Week 5 injuries, which includes Mario Williams, who may join Andre Johnson on the Texans' inactives.

NFL Week 5 Debrief: Packers Look Unbeatable, Eagles Lose Again And It's Tim Tebow Time -
The Packers look like the NFL's best team, the Eagles move to 1-4 and the Tim Tebow era may have started in Denver. It's all part of this week's NFL Debrief.

Week Five Monday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk
So what are the most interesting story lines from a Sunday that seemed a lot bigger than usual, even with six teams sitting this one out? Here are 10 of them, as usual.

Mario Williams Injury: Texans LB Out For Entire 2011 Season, According To Report -
The Houston Texans are shutting down Mario Williams for the season, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. It was reported on Monday morning that Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle and his 2011 season was in jeopardy. It appears his season will end.

Will Tim Tebow Be Named Denver Broncos Starting QB? -
The Denver Broncos nearly completed a comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers in Week 5 after the Tim Tebow replaced Kyle Orton as the quarterback in the second half. Tebow's numbers weren't very impressive -- 4-of-10 for 79 yards and 38 rushing yards -- but he did lead his team on a pair of scoring drives and kept them in the game.

NFL experiencing record run of 400-yard passing games | ProFootballTalk
NFL fans may some day be able to tell their children and grandchildren about a time when the 400-yard passing game was something truly special. The year 2011 may go down as the season when that time ended.

VIDEO: Tennessee Titans' Onside Kick Leaves Referees Completely Confused - From Our Editors -
A surprise onside kick can be a game-changer when executed correctly, and the Tennessee Titans were able to pull off the feat on Sunday. But it wasn't just the Pittsburgh Steelers who were surprised by the kick. Instead, the ensuing scramble for the loose ball left the referees without a clue, adding up to a ball of hilarity for those trying to keep track of the action at home.

Josh Morgan Injury: 49ers Wide Receiver Has Fractured Ankle, According To Report -
At what price victory, the San Francisco 49ers are likely asking themselves right now. The 49ers lost wide receiver Josh Morgan late in the fourth quarter to an ankle injury. According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, Morgan suffered a fractured right ankle when he was tackled with less than four minutes left in the game. There is no timetable for Morgan's return, but if his ankle is fractured, the rest of Morgan's season could be in jeopardy.

VIDEO: Tim Tebow's Hail Mary Attempt Featured A Pirouette - From Our Editors -
Tim Tebow replaced Kyle Orton, perhaps for good, and nearly brought the Denver Broncos all the way back to beat the San Diego Chargers, falling just short as time expired. But what a way to go out. The Broncos nearly made up a 16-point deficit and had a shot to tie it as time expired, with only 30 yards and a Hail Mary separating them from a win. And what a hilarious Hail Mary attempt it was. Video after the jump.