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Arizona Cardinals news 11/15: Game previews, a goal of 30, Dockett's future

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The Arizona Cardinals touched down in Jacksonville Friday night. The Friday Cardinals news cycle had injury reports, talk of Larry Fitzgerald and Darnell Dockett, more discussion of Rashard Mendenhall and how the offense wants to get to 30 points.


Cardinals Blogs | Friday before the Jaguars
"In this league, you have to overcome injuries, problems, coaches getting fired," Tillman spouted. "Nobody cares (about excuses). Don’t tell me about the pain, show me the baby. We’re not showing the baby right now, we’re just bitching about the pain."

Cardinals Blogs | With Fitz, nothing to see here

For a second straight year, Larry Fitzgerald’s biggest game of the season — around the midway point on the schedule — has preceded games in which he just hasn’t been able to make a big impact.

Friday Five: Cardinals At Jaguars

A glance at five top storylines for Sunday’s Cardinals-Jaguars game in Jacksonville:

Lining Up the Jaguars

Get to know the starters for Jacksonville

Cardinals Strive To Hit 30

Notebook: Point-mark would help; Floyd expected to play Sunday

WR Floyd questionable but will play - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

"Michael should be ready to go," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "(He) looks pretty solid."

Rashard Mendenhall to remain Arizona Cardinals' starter at RB - ESPN

Despite objections from the Arizona Cardinals’ fan base, the starting running back will remain in that position coach Bruce Arians said this week.

Double Coverage: Cardinals at Jaguars - Jacksonville Jaguars Blog - ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco and Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss break down Sunday's matchup at EverBank Field:

Cardinals fantasy forecast: Start Andre Ellington - ESPN

The Cardinals don’t want to overwork Ellington and wear him down, but expect him to be more involved in the passing game Sunday at Jacksonville. If he can break free for another touchdown, he’ll bring smiles to a lot of his fantasy owners.

FTP: Cardinals now No. 2 defense - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Last week, Football Outsiders made a splash, naming the then 4-4 Cardinals the best defense in the NFL.

Dockett content with present, no matter what future brings

Dockett doesn't have big stats or certainty in future, but he's still a big-time player for Cardinals.

Playoff-hopeful Cardinals must avoid Jaguars' trap

Cardinals beware: In parity-rich NFL, no game is automatic, even against woeful Jaguars.

Playoff run by the Arizona Cardinals would boost the legacy of quarterback Carson Palmer

Opportunity awaits Carson Palmer. Ten-plus NFL seasons go a long way in shaping perception, but how the Cardinals finish off 2013 could help alter the veteran quarterback’s legacy.

Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars - scouting report, prediction

The Cardinals look to win on the road as they head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. azcentral sports' Kent Somers has more on the matchup.

Arizona Cardinals ready to stop Jaguars' Jones-Drew

"Maurice Jones-Drew has been doing a good job for them," said defensive tackle Dan Williams. "They're a pretty good offense once they get the running game going."

NFL analyst: Fitzgerald would be 'really hard' to trade

"I know he's not healthy," Rapoport began. "He still looks like the same guy. It's just, when you're a guy who runs for a living and you have hamstring issues, you're not going to get 100 percent, because he's just not fully healthy and he might not be this season."

NFL analyst: Big Ben would make Arizona Cardinals 'instant contenders'

"To play with really one of his close friends, Bruce Arians, a guy where's he had the most success and is familiar with the system," Rapoport said. "To me, that'd be a perfect situation for all parties.

Notes from the Nest: Arizona Cardinals practice - Nov. 15

Practice notes and observations from Adam Green of Arizona Sports.


Staying grounded: Chiefs vs. Broncos will hinge on the running game -

The winner of Sunday's mega matchup between Denver and Kansas City will be determined by which defense best neutralizes the opposition's running attack.

About a man's game -

The advent of a new test for CTE means that a generation of NFL players might get some answers about their post-football suffering. They, and the rest of us, will have to figure out what to do with this new knowledge.

Bunches of fun: The offensive formation taking the NFL by storm -

What's that gaggle of receivers crowded off the offensive tackle? It's a bunch formation, and it's rapidly becoming one of the most important offensive concepts in the NFL. Danny Kelly heads to the film room for a closer look.

Running Backs- The Walking Dead -

The NFL's a quarterback-driven league, people forget that sometimes. Eventually, the best teams won't even bother drafting running backs. PFT Commenter explains the future of the NFL.

NFL coaches on the hot seat: Greg Schiano wins, Mike Munchak struggling -

Greg Schiano picked up his first win of the season and Ron Rivera is nearing job security as we examine the coaches on the hot seat through Week 10 in the NFL.

2013 NFL Rookie of the Year: Tavon Austin, Larry Warford impress in Week 10 -

Tavon Austin lives!

Delanie Walker calls Erik Walden head butt 'bush league' -

Delanie Walker fired back at Erik Walden for the linebacker's head butt during Thursday night's game between the Colts and the Titans. Will Walden face additional punishment from the league?

Keepers Week 11: Ben Tate and Bobby Rainey to the rescue -

Need sits and starts for Week 11? Are you an Arian Foster or Mike James owner looking for help? Keepers is here with fantasy advice for Week 11 in the NFL.