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10-23-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Gameday

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Its time for the Cardinals to play the Steelers. Hopefully this game goes more like the one from 2007 than the last couple of minutes of the Super Bowl.

Also, did anyone see that hail mary for Michigan State against Wisconsin last night? Amazing play.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Needing A Win
Cards return after the bye facing Steelers, losing streak

Arizona Cardinals face pivotal game vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Most NFL games pivot on a handful of plays within a game that leave the losers asking themselves, "What if?" There are games within a season that share that same quality, and the Cardinals find themselves at that point Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Steelers. The Cardinals (1-4) have lost four consecutive games and are 3 1/2 games behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. A loss Sunday would drop the Cardinals to four back with four of the next five games away from home. A win would give the Cardinals some life and some confidence.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is looking for survival against the Steelers, not revenge
Ken Whisenhunt is a smart guy. But what has he done for us lately? It is a prickly, premature question that has Cardinals fans wondering. Soon, they might be screaming. "We're so sick that we're in this position right now for a bunch of reasons," new quarterback Kevin Kolb said. "One of them is we want this staff and core group of players to be here for a long time because we get along very well." Beat the Steelers on Sunday, and the mob is instantly muted. The 1-4 start can be shaped into a more pleasant narrative. It will allow the Cardinals to blame their record on growing pains, attributing the dog-breath performance in Minnesota to the psychological fallout of three heart-wrenching losses in succession. Beat the Steelers and the season is (temporarily) saved.

2011 Cardinals Week 5: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed when watching the Arizona Cardinals' 34-10 defeat at Minnesota in their most recent game (Week 5):

At 34, Joey Porter knows he’s getting old | ProFootballTalk
There was a time when a reporter who asked Joey Porter if his production was declining would expect to get his head bitten off. But now Porter, at age 34 and in his 13th NFL season, nods in agreement when asked if he’s getting old.

Stewart Bradley has barely been on field for Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
Kevin Kolb has taken a lot of the heat for his struggles in Arizona, but there are plenty of holes on the Cardinals roster. The offensive tackles are struggling. The defense is well below average. Some snap count numbers from Mike Sando of helps point out why they are struggling. Arizona just isn’t getting enough from too many young players.

FS Johnson Ready For Starting Role
With Kerry Rhodes out with a broken foot, Rashad Johnson is ready to move into the starting role at free safety. Jody Jackson has the story.

Cards Hope Team Meeting Has Positive Impact
Paul Calvisi attempts to get to the bottom of a recent Cardinals team meeting.

All In - LaRod Stephens-Howling
Go "All In" with LaRod Stephens-Howling, one of the Cardinals most versatile players.

Building the Gameplan - PIT
Ron Wolfley and Jody Jackson build the gameplan for the Cardinals and Steelers match-up.

NFL News:

NFL Injury Report, Week 7: Jahvid Best, Sam Bradford Out -
As Week 7 of the NFL season approaches, SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi discusses some of the most significant injuries impacting this weekend’s games and how they might affect your fantasy rosters.

Sam Bradford Injury Status: Rams Quarterback Out, A.J. Feeley To Start Against Dallas Cowboys -
The injury to Sam Bradford that occurred last week in the St. Louis Rams game against the Green Bay Packers was diagnosed as the dreaded high ankle sprain. "Dreaded" because it's difficult to put a timetable on recovery for that sort of injury, but it's been determined that the Rams quarterback will at least miss Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys as A.J. Feeley gets a spot start.

Chris Cook Arrested For Domestic Assault -
The Vikings will likely be without Chris Cook on Sunday against the Packers, thinning out an already depleted secondary. Cook was arrested last night for domestic assault, according to a report.

Aaron Smith Injury: Steelers DE Placed On Injured Reserve -
Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith will miss the rest of the season after being placed on injured reserve, the team announced today. The 13-year veteran suffered a foot injury on Oct. 2 against the Texans and hasn't played since.

Carson Palmer Trade: Jason Campbell Was The Last To Know -
Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone in last Sunday's game. On Monday, he was having surgery on said collarbone. During his recovery laying in bed on Tuesday, Campbell saw a rather peculiar and confusing press conference. He was watching the Carson Palmer Oakland Raiders introduction press conference. "On Sunday night I had some pain pills for my shoulder, so I was pretty much sleeping all night Sunday," Campbell told 95.7 FM The Game in Oakland. "And then Monday I had my surgery, so I was pretty much out of it then."

Darrelle Revis hangs up on popular radio host Mike Francesa - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The New York Jets, who just two weeks ago were airing their dirty laundry publicly to the media, are now taking potshots at the media in another bizarre instance for a franchise that seemingly can't get out of its own way. On Friday afternoon in a call-in with WFAN's Mike Francesa, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had his interview abruptly halted by a member of the Jets media relations staff. Francesa was incessantly asking Revis about his 100-yard interception of Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, where Revis seemed to get away with holding and downfield contact on intended target Brandon Marshall.

No Bradford: Feeley last won start in 2004 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Quarterback Sam Bradford did not miss a snap during his 2010 rookie season with the St. Louis Rams. Bradford did not make it through the Rams' first game this season, missing the final nine offensive snaps against Philadelphia after injuring a finger. The pounding Bradford has taken caught up with him Saturday when the Rams downgraded him to doubtful for their game against Dallas in Week 7. A.J. Feeley will start. Signing Tom Brandstater from the practice squad indicates Bradford won't be available.

Pryor could make his debut for Raiders on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Kyle Boller reportedly will get the start for the Raiders on Sunday. Newcomer Carson Palmer reportedly won’t. Lost in the shuffle is rookie Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback for whom the Raiders gave up a third-round pick in the 2012 draft, via the 2011 supplemental draft. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Raiders have installed specific packages for Pryor, who could make his debut against the Chiefs.