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Today, we will get another look at how the Cardinals are developing over the Preseason and Training Camp with todays game against the Packers. Hopefully we can get a more extended look at Kolb compared to the Raiders game as well.

Here are some links to get you ready for the game.

Also, for all of the Eagles haters who don't like how they went all Dan Snyder and just signed every big name Free Agent out there, you will probably like reading about how they played last night.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Expect Cardinals starters to play more this preseason -
Getting ready for just their second preseason game, the Arizona Cardinals are not yet into the part of the season where they truly game plan for an opponent. That makes it even more difficult to integrate a new quarterback, according to Cardinals insider Ron Wolfley.

Arizona Cardinals: 5 things to watch in preseason game vs. Green Bay Packers
Areas of focus during Friday's Cardinals-Packers game:

Three things: Cardinals-Packers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Three things to watch for in the Arizona Cardinals' Week 2 preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET:

Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson's response to failure will be crucial
Just because Patrick Peterson is a high-profile rookie with a fat wallet doesn't mean he can escape the high jinks of veterans. Twice during team meetings at Cardinals training camp he has had to demonstrate his singing voice, opting for the Temptations one day and Lil Wayne the next. "I was good," Peterson said, laughing. "I can't believe nobody has signed me yet." Peterson doesn't lack for confidence but it comes with restraint and a wink. It is a quality the best corners in the league share: a heavy dose of self-assurance that allows them to handle perilous situations, but just enough humility to embrace being a student of the game.

Which Cardinals to watch Friday in Green Bay -
Preseason football doesn't count for much, so when the games are played it's tough to really determine who did well.

Cardinals expect self-discovery in second preseason game
Like surgical implements on a sterile tray, the Cardinals' instruments of measure are laid out, ready to be put to use as soon as Friday's preseason game against the Packers ends.

Measurement In Titletown
Cards' preseason trip to Green Bay can benefit learning curve

On Todd Heap's ability to stretch field - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Regular contributor K.C. Joyner has shared a few NFC West notes from his 2011 fantasy football guide, including this one for the Arizona Cardinals:

Fitzgerald sets a deadline, but what if it passes with no contract? -
September 4, 2011 has suddenly become an important date in Arizona Cardinals history. It's been reported that if the Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald don't agree to a contract extension by then the talks will be put on hold until the season ends.

Word From the Birds Blog - Thursday before the Packers (with a Fitz contract update)
Here we are in Titletown, and what do you know, the team that plays here just won a title – and they haven’t played a home game since then. Now the Cards come to visit. The big "news" today is Jim Trotter’s report about Larry Fitzgerald’s contract talks. Fitz says he won’t talk extension after Sept. 4, but at the same time an agreement is "not too far away." Trotter says on his own he believes a deal will get done, which I have said all along. Since he talked to Fitz for a good 45 minutes the other day, my guess is Trotter got a good vibe (or something more concrete) from Fitzgerald. In the meantime …

Fitz please don't LeBron us -
I trust Larry Fitzgerald. In most walks of life we'd have no reason to question the sincerity of his words. The unfortunate fact though is we are sports fans and Arizona sports fans at that. We've been conditioned to hear someone tell us one thing, only to watch the exact opposite play out.

Chat wrap: 'Gunslinger' mentality at QB? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
William from Oklahoma City has heard the term "gunslinger" attached to Kevin Kolb, triggering visions of careless play and turnovers. "I don't think the Cards have the defense to cover more turnovers and win games," he writes.

Patrick Peterson remains a backup for now | ProFootballTalk
When the Cardinals traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philly, the assumption was that No. 5 overall pick Patrick Peterson would replace him in the starting lineup. That should happen eventually, but it hasn’t happened yet. Peterson continues to run with the backups behind second-year cornerback A.J. Jefferson and Greg Toler. 2011 NFL Offseason Page - Arizona Cardinals - Team Needs, Season Preview, Free Agents, Salary Cap
2011 Arizona Cardinals Analysis: The Cardinals still have major holes on their roster, particularly on the offensive line and at rush linebacker, but they're going to be much better than they were in 2010. Kevin Kolb gives them much-needed stability and leadership at the quarterback position. He obviously won't be as good as Kurt Warner, but thanks to an easy schedule and a terrible NFC West, the Cardinals have a legitimate chance to quality for the playoffs.

NFL Videos: 2011 Fantasy preview: Cardinals
Michael Fabiano gives the lowdown on who's who in fantasy football on the Cardinals.

Cards Daily: Preparing for Green Bay
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Arizona Sports News:

Diamondbacks drop series amid rain vs. Phillies
John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer, David Herndon tossed three scoreless innings in relief and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Thursday night in a matchup of division leaders.

NFL News:

What we learned: Thursday night | ProFootballTalk
The start of the second preseason week is here. Which means we’re one week closer to the real stuff.

Vick throws three interceptions in one half | ProFootballTalk
Michael Vick just doesn’t look the same after his interview with Will Leitch. Call it the GQ curse.

Aaron Rodgers wanted to play in San Francisco all along - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Those San Francisco 49ers fans who watched veteran quarterback Alex Smith pretty much barf all over himself against the New Orleans Saints in the team's preseason opener should not have been surprised. After all, Smith has been teetering between mediocrity and abject horribleness since he was taken first overall out of Utah in the 2005 NFL draft. The man who was selected 24th by the Green Bay Packers in that same draft, Cal's Aaron Rodgers, has had a slightly better go of it to date. After three years sitting behind Brett Favre, Rodgers finally got his shot, helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV, and has become one of the best at his position in the league.

Dick Vermeil says his St. Louis Rams would not win Super Bowl with current practice limits - ESPN
Former St. Louis coach Dick Vermeil says his Rams would not have won the Super Bowl back in 1999 under the new, limited practice rules of the NFL.

Jim McMahon, other players sue NFL over concussions - ESPN
Seven former players have sued the NFL in Philadelphia over concussion-related injuries, the first potential class-action lawsuit of its kind.

Michael Vick says Philadelphia Eagles were not his first choice - ESPN
Michael Vick credits the Eagles for making him a better quarterback. But he was not convinced from the start that Philly was the best place for him to resume his football career after nearly two years in federal prison, he tells GQ Magazine.

Vick, Eagles don’t like the "Dream Team" label | ProFootballTalk
Early in the FOX broadcast of the Eagles-Steelers preseason game, sideline reporter Pam Oliver had a tidbit regarding the "Dream Team" label applied by the Eagles by backup quarterback Vince Young.

Report: Carson Palmer thinks Bengals are toying with Jordan | ProFootballTalk
So why did the Bengals re-sign quarterback Jordan Palmer at a time when the organization refuses to trade or release his older brother, Carson? According to Dennis Janson of WCPO (via, Carson Palmer has told a "friend" that he believes the team is "toying" with Jordan by giving him reduced reps and by eventually cutting him too late to land with a new team.

NFL Game Recaps:

New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Recap - August 18, 2011 - ESPN
Whether it was just caution because of the delayed start to training camp or not, New England coach Bill Belichick held out most of his starters in the Patriots' preseason opener. On Thursday night, he turned them loose for the first time and they showed him they might already be in midseason form. Tom Brady, the reigning NFL MVP, tossed a pair of touchdowns and completed 11 of 19 passes in the Patriots' 31-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Recap - August 18, 2011 - ESPN
Ben Roethlisberger running around, extending plays, throwing touchdowns. Hines Ward dancing in the end zone, not on the ballroom floor. Troy Polamalu picking off a pass. James Harrison wreaking havoc in the backfield. Does the calendar say August or December? For a couple of dazzling quarters on Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers made it hard to tell the difference. Roethlisberger threw for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Pittsburgh's defense put an exclamation point to Philadelphia star Michael Vick's miserable day, intercepting three of his passes in the first half of a remarkably easy 24-14 victory.