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10/31 Arizona Cardinals news: Halloween links after final practice

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The Arizona Cardinals had one last practice before they have the weekend off. Bruce Arians talked about not being tased on South Beach. Here are the links to kick off the days off and to fill your morning before you fill your evening with costumes and candy.

Cardinals:

Cardinals Blogs | Defense looks a lot like last year
At this point, the Cardinals are 15th in overall defense (which is yards per game), 13th in scoring defense, tied for 10th in sacks, tied for first in fumble recoveries (7) and tied for third in interceptions (12).

Cardinals Blogs | On time off and avoiding the Tasers

"Hopefully we come back Monday at practice and we are ready," Arians said. "Don’t be ‘The Guy.’ "

Infographic: Larry Fitzgerald's Journey to 800

Chart looking at how Fitz became the youngest player to reach 800 career receptions

Rashad Johnson Just Wants To Play

Despite finger injury, Mathieu emergence, veteran safety finds his role as leader

Happy Halloween From the Cardinals

RT Bobby Massie's improvements could lead to more action - ESPN

After a training camp riddled with more than 40 mental errors, Massie saw his first playing time of the season and notched just one mental error.

Navy SEAL prepares Arizona Cardinals for bye week - ESPN

When a Navy SEAL talks, the Arizona Cardinals listen.

QB Watch: Cardinals' Carson Palmer - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

A weekly examination of the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback play:

NFL Nation Buzz: Arizona Cardinals - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

ESPN.com Arizona Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss talks about the 4-4 Cardinals, who head into the bye week with renewed hope thanks to back Andre Ellington.

Flush the Pocket: Bid for date with Bethel - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Bethel is expected to be among the bachelors auctioned off.

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to team: 'We don't need any distractions' ArizonaSports.com

"Don't be ‘the guy,'" he said. "Too many times, when a guy gets a day off he gets tased in Miami, in South Beach or something. We don't want any of that stuff; we don't need any distractions, that was the message."

Healthy, Ryan Williams waits for chance with Arizona Cardinals ArizonaSports.com

"Hard work always shines at the end, so I'm going to continue to work hard and get through everything that I've been through and continue on my path to trying to be great."

NFL:

The Notebook: Blown coverage and broken plays costly for Cowboys, Steelers - SBNation.com

Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White looks back at what happened to the Cowboys defense on the last drive in a Week 8 loss to the Lions. Also, a couple candidates for Defensive Player of the Year and Miami's new offensive tackle.

Breaking Madden: Brett Favre returns to the Rams, and brings Quincy Carter and friends with him - SBNation.com

The Rams reportedly asked 44-year-old Brett Favre if they could talk him out of retirement. Tragically, he said no. Let's create him in Madden, experience his Gunslingin' majesty in GIFs and videos, and give him one last ride into the sunset.

London reacts to the NFL - SBNation.com

The idea of a London-based franchise feels like a foregone conclusion, but there's little interest from British media.

NFL Week 9: Experts' picks for all 13 games - SBNation.com

There are no easy games in the NFL, and this week's picks from SB Nation's panel of experts exemplify the league's parity.

Todd McShay: Some people are getting carried away with how good this QB class can be - SBNation.com

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay held a 30-minute conference call on Tuesday answering draft and college football questions. McShay talked about a few notable things.

Matt Ryan has a Cardinals problem - SBNation.com

Matt Ryan and the Falcons are probably glad they don't play in the NFC West; the Cardinals seem to have his number.

Ravens cut Marcus Spears, Michael Huff; call up Omar Brown, Brynden Trawick - Baltimore Beat Down

Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick were called up from the practice squad to replace them.