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10-16-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Bye Week Gameday

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Its gameday, but the Cards have this weekend off. Here are a couple of quick links including updates on how the Devils and Coyotes games went down last night.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Weekend off welcome for beleaguered Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
Sometimes a bye week is welcome to heal an NFL team's physical wounds. Sometimes it's the mental fatigue that needs rest. Count the beleaguered Arizona Cardinals in the latter faction. "It's a chance to just breathe," defensive end Calais Campbell said, "relax a little bit and just restart up again."

Cardinals to "Self Check" During Bye Week
Jody Jackson takes a look at the Cardinals heading into the bye week.

Wired - Daryl Washington @ MIN
Cardinals LB Daryl Washington was wired for sound in Minnesota.

Arizona Sports News:

Oregon pulls away in second half to top ASU football
On a wet Saturday night at Autzen Stadium, everything lined up for Arizona State. Oregon's best running back, Heisman Trophy candidate LaMichael James, stood on the sideline in sweats, out because of an injured elbow. In the second half, the Ducks lost their quarterback, Darron Thomas. And still, Arizona State was powerless to stop a second-half tidal wave, one that wiped away a strong start and showed the gap that exists this season between the Pac-12's South and North divisions. Oregon's 41-27 win, in front of a stadium-record 60,055, boosted the No. 9 Ducks to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Pac-12 action, a half-game behind Stanford in the North.

Coyotes open home schedule with win over Jets
Hype will give way to hockey. That, in a nutshell, is how Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said things would unfold in the home opener against the Winnipeg Jets, back in the NHL 15 years after the franchise departed for Phoenix. And he was right. Only seconds after the initial wave of excitement had passed, it was business as usual for a Coyotes team that kept things simple, applied pressure and found yet another player who made a surprise contribution. Two goals by young defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson triggered a 4-1 win in front of 17,132 on Saturday at Jobing.com Arena.