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Arizona Cardinals news 10/20: Larry Fitzgerald and Minnesota, game previews and more

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There is a game on Sunday for the Cardinals. They head to Minnesota to play the Vikings. So we just wait for the game. In the meantime, here is some news from around the web.

Cardinals Game Preview vs. Vikings: Analysis, prediction, TV info -
John Skelton returns to the starting lineup for an Arizona team reeling from injuries and two straight losses after a 4-0 start.

Word From the Birds Blog | Friday before the Vikings
Trips to Minnesota since I’ve been covering the Cardinals have frequently ended poorly. OK, not frequently. Always. My first trip there was for a 2000 preseason game, where four or five Cardinals suffered serious injuries on the one-time crappy turf, including the ACL tear for wide receiver Rob Moore.

Hoping For Run Game Ramp-Up
A struggling ground game erupted for 182 yards against Buffalo, and while some details can’t be ignored – the Bills were having trouble stopping the run coming in, and 66 of the yards came via scrambles from quarterback Kevin Kolb – it was a step forward for a team that hadn’t been running the ball well enough.

Larry Fitzgerald's Minnesota Love Affair

The house itself isn’t really a mansion, although it’s big and fits the upper-class neighborhood in this Twin Cities suburb. Walk out the back, however, and there is the vision of what Larry Fitzgerald loves about home.

Word From the Birds Blog | Defense sure it is spelled t-e-a-m, and some notes

"We all get off the bus together, we all are in the locker room together," defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. "But we have to focus on what we do on defense. They’ll get it together.

Word From the Birds Blog | Different place, but D-Wash remembers Simpson

Perhaps you remember that Simpson, playing for the Bengals last Christmas Eve, made sure Washington was front-and-center of all the highlight shows when he did a full-on flying somersault over Washington at the end of a catch-and-run to score a touchdown. Simpson landed on his feet, Washington was left grabbing at air, and it was a blow in a terrible first half in Cincinnati.

Dealing With Metrodome Noise

The Cardinals, who haven’t won in Minnesota since 1977 and have never beat the Vikings in the Metrodome, have been using giant speakers to pump in noise during practices all season.

Arizona Cardinals’ Ray Horton praises Minnesota Vikings offense

Let the record show that the Cardinals still are playing the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at Mall of America Field. From defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s perspective, though, the Vikings look a lot like a certain team that won three Super Bowl titles during a memorable run toward a dynasty.

Peterson, Harvin double trouble for Cards? - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Levi Brown's injury and an underwhelming quarterback competition were supposed to doom the Arizona Cardinals in 2012. The team surprised skeptics by

And the NFL in general:

Roger Goodell recuses himself from Saints bounty appeals, Paul Tagliabue will take his place -

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from hearing the appeals of four players suspended as part of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

Saints LB Jonathan Vilma ready for season debut in Week 7 -

Suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is expected to be activated and play in the team's Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL fines Redskins, Bills for mishandling injury reports on Griffin, Mario Williams -

The Bills and Redskins both were fined by the NFL on Friday for improper reporting of injuries.