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9-26-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Seahawks Aftermath

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After another frustrating loss by the Cardinals, here are some links.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Tarvaris Jackson's TD run gets Seattle Seahawks win over Arizona Cardinals
Blame this one on the offense. The Cardinals faltered time and again in critical situations at CenturyLink Field, blowing every opportunity the Seahawks handed them. A 13-10 loss in the season's third week doesn't seem so damaging, but dropping a division game against a struggling opponent puts it in some context. The Cardinals fall to 1-2 in what figured to be the cushiest part of the season. The Cardinals led, 10-6, at halftime, but muddle through the third quarter while the Seahawks did a little something. Seattle drove 72 yards, with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson scoring from 11 yards out, to take a 13-10 lead with 5:57 left.

Cards Can't Capitalize In Seattle
Late possessions don't equal points in 13-10 loss to Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks - Recap - September 25, 2011 - ESPN
Tarvaris Jackson knew it wouldn't be a comfortable situation stepping in for 10-year veteran Matt Hasselbeck, the face of the Seattle Seahawks for the majority of a decade. So when the boos started echoing early in the second quarter Sunday and the chants for his backup followed, Jackson wasn't bothered. That made the highlight he provided for all those fickle fans that much sweeter in a 13-10 victory over Arizona.

Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Kam Chancellor intercepted Kevin Kolb with 1:04 remaining while Arizona was inside the Seattle 40-yard line, helping the Seahawks hang on to defeat the Cardinals 13-10.

Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 13, Cardinals 10 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' victory over the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field in Week 3:

Word From the Birds Blog - Seahawks aftermath
It just felt, by the time the Cards got to the fourth quarter Sunday, that everything offensively was going to be so hard. Yes, they had the ball and yes, they moved it a little, but each play – even if it gained yards – didn’t seem to correspond with the effort that was going into it. The quarterback took the brunt of the blame, and certainly, it wasn’t Kevin Kolb’s finest day. This was one you knew would come at some point, that hiccup because in all fairness he just hasn’t been in the offense long enough nor does he have the experience yet to overcome everything. You would wish it didn’t come in such a winnable game against a division foe.

With Beanie out, Smith Gets Chance
Notebook: Fitz sets franchise TD record; Campbell sack-happy vs. Seahawks

Tough lessons for Kevin Kolb, Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
When the Arizona Cardinals needed their quarterback to drive them into field-goal range with the game on the line, Kevin Kolb threw an interception. Fluke play? Not for the Cardinals during an unsightly 13-10 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Kolb had faced a similar set of circumstances right before halftime. The Seahawks picked him off that time as well, one of the leading reasons the Cardinals left Seattle with the same point total they managed with Max Hall and Derek Anderson as their quarterbacks during a 22-10 defeat here last season.

Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald becomes franchise leader in touchdown catches
When Larry Fitzgerald scored in the second quarter Sunday, he flipped the ball to an official, as his custom. A Cardinals employee had to do some legwork to retrieve the ball, although it will be hard for Fitzgerald to immediately appreciate a memento from the 13-10 loss. The 12-yard reception was Fitzgerald 67th receiving touchdown, moving him ahead of Roy Green for the most in franchise history

Dockett: Seahawks 'soft as cotton' on road - NFC West Blog - ESPN
This Week 3 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals was notable for the bad blood spilled throughout. Play after play, and often after the play, these NFC West rivals went after one another until Seattle prevailed, 13-10, at CenturyLink Field. The scuffling carried well past the whistle, with Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett landing one last shot, this one verbal, from the visiting team's locker room.

This time, the Arizona Cardinals offense is to blame for a squandered opportunity
Ugly matters only when you lose. The Cardinals aren't learning fast enough. They are 1-0 against rookie quarterbacks in the comfort of home. They are 0-2 with the ball in their hands and a chance to win a road game at the end. It's only September, a time for observations and not conclusions. But those are not character traits associated with championship teams.

Cardinals rewind: What we learned in loss vs. Seahawks
Kent Somers breaks down what we learned in the Cardinals' 13-10 loss to the Seahawks.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks highlights
Seattle WR Sidney Rice's 109 yards receiving help the Seahawks to their first win of the season over the Cardinals 13-10.

Fitzgerald: All-time TD leader
Arizona QB Kevin Kolbs 12-yard touchdown pass makes WR Larry Fitzgerald the Cardinals all-time touchdown leader.

Cards Daily - Postgame Reaction Seattle
After a tough loss to division foe Seattle, Coach Whisenhunt and others give reaction after the hard fought game.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks complete sweep of San Francisco Giants
A fastball from San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum glanced off the bill of Justin Upton's helmet in the first inning Sunday afternoon, rattling just about everyone at Chase Field - including Lincecum. But early indications are it didn't rattle the Diamondbacks' star right fielder too badly. Upton initially remained in the game to run the bases, but he was removed after experiencing nausea upon returning to the dugout. But he passed neurological tests administered by the team's medical staff and a CT scan checked out normal, according to team physician Dr. Michael Lee. "He looks very, very good," Lee said. The Diamondbacks kept right on rolling without him, pounding Lincecum for five runs in five innings to win 5-2. It was their fourth victory in a row, and they remain a game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the race to secure home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

ASU football breaks back into AP Top 25
The Sun Devils slipped back into the rankings at No. 25 after snapping an 11-game losing streak to Southern California with a 43-22 victory.

Phoenix Mercury eliminated by Minnesota Lynx in WNBA Western Conference finals
Sometimes you just have to acknowledge that the other team is better. On Sunday, the Mercury did the little things that usually result in a victory. They kept turnovers down, rebounded well, and they scored in the paint and in transition. Yet their season is over. It's over thanks to the Minnesota Lynx, whom Mercury coach Corey Gaines called the WNBA's "No. 1 team." The Lynx beat the Mercury 103-86 in front of 8,617 at US Airways Center to close out the Western Conference Finals with a two-game sweep.

NFL News:

Wrap-up: 49ers 13, Bengals 8 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3:

Wrap-up: Ravens 37, Rams 7 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' Week 3 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in the Edward Jones Dome:

Michael Vick Injury Video: Eagles QB Breaks Hand After Awkward Fall -
For the second week in a row, Michael Vick didn't finish a game. Last week, it was a brutal hit that knocked Vick out, resulting in a concussion. This time around, Vick was battered again, but it wasn't his head that was the problem. Instead, an awkwardly landing resulted in a broken right hand, eventually forcing him from the game.

Michael Vick Suffers Broken Hand, Complains About Officiating -
Michael Vick was banged around again this week as the Philadelphia Eagles took on the New York Giants, suffering a broken right hand as a result of the hits he took throughout the game. Just like last week, Vick was hit early and often, sometimes after the ball was released. And after the game, Vick blasted the officials, saying they have to do their job and protect him.

Kenny Britt Injury: Tennessee Titans WR May Have Torn ACL, MCL -
Kenny Britt was carted off the field with a right knee injury in Week 3. The team reportedly fears he may have torn ligaments in the knee.

Michael Vick's Broken Hand Headlines NFL Week 3 Injury Report -
SB Nation's Medical Expert analyzes all the major injuries from NFL Week 3, including Michael Vick's broken hand, which could sideline the Eagles QB for 3-4 weeks.

Peyton Manning Injury: Jim Irsay Says Manning Isn't Definitely Out For Entire Season -
If you were not previously aware, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay really likes twitter. He also really likes using incorrect punctuation and text-speak on twitter, but that's entirely beside the point. Earlier today, a number of outlets reported that Irsay himself said that Peyton Manning would be out for the entire season due to his neck injury. However, Irsay has taken to twitter to deny a portion of those reports, stating that Manning has a slight chance of returning in December and that he never claimed the quarterback was definitely out for the year.

Michael Vick, Referee Complaints, And The Politics Of 15-Yard Penalties -
Michael Vick left the Eagles-Giants game with a broken hand, and afterward he complained to the media about the way referees call his games. And he's absolutely right, but not for the reasons you think.

QBR ranks: Sacks dragging down NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
An NFC West game produced a notable quarterback performance for a second week in a row. Baltimore's Joe Flacco left St. Louis with the highest QBR of any quarterback in Week 3, pending the Monday night game between Dallas and Washington. The Cowboys' Tony Romo had produced the highest QBR for Week 2 in beating San Francisco. The "Total EPA" column in the chart below refers to the expected points each quarterback added to his team through passing, rushing, sacks and penalties, adjusted for situations.

Power rankings: Rams NFL's worst team? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks ranked last in ESPN's most recent NFL power rankings. Should another team from the NFC West replace them at No. 32? Five things to consider regarding the St. Louis Rams:

Score to settle: NFC West 43, Saints 40 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West teams combined for 43 points in Week 3, the lowest total for any division. Teams from the NFC East scored 45 despite having only two teams playing Sunday. The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys will add to that total when they play Monday night. New Orleans, with 40 points against Houston, nearly outscored the NFC West.

Week Three Monday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk
Sunday presented one of most compelling slates of games in a long time, with hyped contests living up to their billing and, ultimately, 11 of 15 games being decided by seven points or fewer. From that many great games, it would be easy to draw 50 interesting story lines. For now, we’ll limit it to 10.

Vikings won’t change quarterbacks | ProFootballTalk
The Vikings have reached 0-3 in the most nauseating way possible.

VIDEO: Johnny Knox Punt Return Nullified By Mysterious Hold - From Our Editors -
In the fourth quarter of Sunday's matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, Devin Hester played the role of decoy to perfection. He executed it so well on a punt return that he drew the cameraman and the Packers entire punt coverage to his side of the field as Johnny Knox fielded the punt near the sideline, then bolted with nothing bu daylight in front of him. But there was one problem: A flag on the play and a mysterious holding call.

VIDEO: Haloti Ngata Scores Fat Guy Touchdown - From Our Editors -
One week ago, NFL fans were treated to Vince Wilfork's interception, but they were disappointed when the defensive tackle came up short on his run for a touchdown. This week, anyone who had the chance to watch the Baltimore Ravens take on the St. Louis Rams were treated to a fat guy touchdown.

VIDEO: Jeremy Kerley Attempts Punt Return Without Helmet, Result Is Predictable - From Our Editors -
On a punt return against the Oakland Raders, New York Jets' receiver and returner Jeremy Kerley had his helmet ripped off by the first man who reached him. Kerley did not go down and decided to keep running. This ultimately proved to be a poor decision. Ouchies are after the jump.

VIDEO: Kevin Walter Catches 20-Yard Touchdown Off A Defender's Leg - From Our Editors -
This Kevin Walter touchdown to give the Houston Texans a 33-32 lead over the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter is one of the best catches you'll ever see. Not only was it an incredible catch, but it also came at a huge moment in the game. The Saints had all the momentum in rallying from a two-score deficit, but not after this play.

NFL Game Recaps:

New England Patriots vs Buffalo Bills Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Rian Lindell kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired, and the Buffalo Bills snapped a 15-game losing streak to New England with a 34-31 win at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
A maligned Giants defense peppered Michael Vick with hits, knocking him out with a broken hand, and Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes Sunday to lead New York to a 29-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Denver Broncos vs Tennessee Titans Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Will Witherspoon intercepted a Kyle Orton pass, which was tipped by defensive tackle Jason Jones, with 1:39 to go to seal a 17-14 win for the Tennessee Titans over the Denver Broncos.

Miami Dolphins vs Cleveland Browns Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Colt McCoy's touchdown throw to Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter lifted the Cleveland Browns to a 17-16 victory over the still-winless Miami Dolphins.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Carolina Panthers Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Cam Newton's 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 4:20 remaining lifted the Carolina Panthers over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 16-10.

San Francisco 49ers vs Cincinnati Bengals Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Kendall Hunter's touchdown run late in the fourth quarter put the 49ers ahead for good as San Francisco took a hard- fought 13-8 decision over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
It was 1997 the last time Detroit won in Minnesota, but thanks to a third straight second half meltdown from the Vikings, the Lions were able to snap that streak with a 26-23 overtime victory.

Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Mark Ingram's first career touchdown proved to be the game-winner, as the Saints defeated the Texans, 40-33, in a wild finish at the Louisiana Superdome.

Baltimore Ravens vs St. Louis Rams Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Rookie Torrey Smith didn't have a reception in his first two games. That changed in a huge way Sunday. Smith caught all three of Joe Flacco's touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the Baltimore Ravens pounded the St. Louis Rams, 37-7, at the Edward Jones Dome.

Kansas City Chiefs vs San Diego Chargers Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Ryan Mathews ran for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as the Chargers held on for a 20-17 victory over the struggling Chiefs.

New York Jets vs Oakland Raiders Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Darren McFadden had two of Oakland's four touchdown runs, and the Raiders opened the home portion of their 2011 schedule with a 34-24 win over the New York Jets.

Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Josh Freeman threw for 180 yards and rushed for 35 yards and a score to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 16-13 victory over NFC South division foe Atlanta.

Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to tight end Jermichael Finley, and the Packers rolled to a 27-17 win over the Bears on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts Recap - September 25, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Shaun Suisham's 38-yard field goal with four seconds left in regulation helped the Pittsburgh Steelers escape Lucas Oil Stadium with a 23-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.