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9-30-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Prep For Giants

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Time for some links about getting ready for the Giants, and some of the work Beanie did yesterday.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Breaking down the Cardinals-Giants game
Video: Kent Somers previews the Cardinals home game Sunday against the New York Giants with CineSport's Brian Clark.

Cards Prep For Giant Rush
Notebook: Keith, Brown could see Tuck, Umenyiora; Heap reacts to hit

Word From the Birds Blog - Fitz thinking pink, and makes everyone aware of it
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the NFL takes up the cause in a big way. At the forefront, as usual, is Larry Fitzgerald, because of both his high-profile as a player and his unfortunate circumstances, given that his mother died of the disease when Fitz was still in college.

Campbell Wants To Make A Difference
Defensive end focuses on now while contract talks loom

Arizona Cardinals to face stiff pass rush vs. New York Giants
Levi Brown and Brandon Keith are respectful of the challenges they face Sunday in trying to stop the Giants pass rushers. But the Cardinals' offensive tackles didn't spend the week in the fetal position in front of their lockers, either. Every NFL team has someone with pass rush skills, so this week is not unlike any other, although the Giants have been better at hitting quarterbacks than most teams in recent years.

Depsite 1-2 start, Larry Fitzgerald encouraged by Kevin Kolb -
The Arizona Cardinals offense may have struggled last week against a poor Seattle Seahawks team, but there is a lot of football to be played and a quarterback to develop. "[Kevin Kolb]'s only been here eight weeks and he had a huge disadvantage not having the off-season program and all the time that most quarterbacks have, but he makes the best of it," Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Thursday on Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf show.

Chat wrap: NFC West coaching hot seat - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Bert from Tempe agrees with Matt Williamson's assertion that the Cardinals are basically a six-win team that could fare better against the current schedule. Bert wants to know how warm Ken Whisenhunt's seat might get if the Cardinals suffered through another season with double-digit defeats.

Beanie Wells should be good to go on Sunday -
Thursday was the first day running back Beanie Wells really "opened it up" and tested his hamstring since injuring it at the end of the game two weeks ago, and Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt is pleased with the running back's progress.

Battered and bruised Cardinals prepare for Big Blue -
Returning home, the 1-2 Arizona Cardinals have the pleasure of taking on their second NFC East foe in three weeks. Known for a physical brand of football on the right coast, the Giants like to pound the ball and beat you up. Sounds good.

Cardinals to wear black Sunday against Giants -
The Cardinals are back, and they'll be in black. blogs - Kent Somers - Beanie tries sprinting
Running back Beanie Wells opened up in practice on Thursday, but not in an "Oprah" kind of way. Wells tested his strained hamstring by sprinting in practice, and there were no immediate ill effects. That gives the Cardinals additional hope that Wells will be able to play on Sunday against the Giants. blogs - Kent Somers - Using tight ends
With five receiving yards, the Cardinals tight ends will surpass the yardage total the position produced last season. That says as much about the lack of production in 2010 as it does the improvement in 2011. Through three games, Jeff King and Todd Heap have 13 receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns, both by King. Even with that production, I think the Cardinals can get more out of the tight end position.

Word From the Birds Blog - A-Dub pays it forward
Safety Adrian Wilson has started a new program — "Pay It Forward Fridays" — that will provide some tickets for each Cardinals’ home game to someone who does a good deed. Announced on Wilson’s web site, the idea is for fans to "do a good deed for a child in need, document with a photo and a short paragraph describing the good deed done, and email to:"

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Cardinals' pass defense in focus: Few teams push the ball down the field as aggressively as the Cardinals' Week 3 opponent. Giants quarterback Eli Manning ranks third behind Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger in how far past the line of scrimmage his passes travel on average. The Giants are one of five NFL teams averaging at least 8.8 yards per pass attempt. The Cardinals are one of eight teams allowing at least 8.0 yards per attempt. Manning, coming off a four-touchdown game at Philadelphia, tossed three scoring passes in his last visit to University of Phoenix Stadium (2008). He ranks tied for second in the NFL with eight completions on passes traveling more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage.

Big Red Rage - Rhodes and Campbell
Kerry Rhodes, Paul Calvisi, and Ron Wolfley welcomed DL Calais Campbell to the Big Red Rage.

Cards Daily - Getting Fitz Involved
Team always tailor their coverage towards stopping Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals are finding creative ways to get Fitz the ball without disrupting the offensive flow.

NFL News:

Curtis Painter Could Get Starting Nod For Colts With Kerry Collins' Injury -
The drama of the Indianapolis Colts quarterback situation continues as the team is reportedly preparing Curtis Painter to start Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kerry Collins, who was signed over the offseason with Peyton Manning's status in doubt, suffered an injury last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and missed practice again on Thursday. That means the team could be preparing for the Bucs game with Painter as their starter. Considering the Colts have had one of the greatest quarterbacks in history over the last 13 years, this is quite a step down.

NFC West receiver targets by down, QB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Last week, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was questioning his role as a receiver in the offense. This week, the Arizona Cardinals are seeking ways to get Larry Fitzgerald more involved, while the Seattle Seahawks' leading receiver from 2010, Mike Williams, deals with becoming an afterthought. With an assist from Hank Gargiulo of ESPN Stats & Information, I've put together charts showing the players NFC West quarterbacks have targeted at least five times through three games. An asterisk reveals a total affected by fourth-down targets, which are not shown.

Akers to Feely: Kickers and close games - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Twelve games in Week 3 were decided by no more than seven points. That was the highest number in NFL history, matching totals from 2003 (Week 12) and 1993 (Week 15), according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Giants' Justin Tuck Limited By Nagging Neck Injury, Could Be Sidelined For Cardinals Game -
A nagging neck injury threatens to keep Justin Tuck off the field this weekend for the Giants.

PHOTO: Tim Tebow Billboard Goes Up, Lacks Creativity - From Our Editors -
The Tim Tebow movement has officially entered the billboard phase. Denver Broncos fans have been yearning for Tebow -- who is buried on the depth chart -- and are quite vocal about their desires, going so far as to purchase a large, roadside advertisement begging John Fox to give the former Florida Gators quarterback some playing time. Your billboard has arrived, Mr. Tebow.

Peyton Hillis Status: Hillis Defends His Toughness -
Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis was practicing this week after missing last week’s game against the Dolphins with strep throat. He returns to the field this week against when the Browns play the Titans. Hillis took the opportunity yesterday to defend himself against critics who questioned his absence last week. Here’s what Hillis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer yesterday: