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11/20 Arizona Cardinals news: Cards are underdogs again; Stanton tries to avoid picks

Your Thursday roundup of Arizona Cardinals and NFC West news.

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The Arizona Cardinals enter Seahawks week as underdogs. That's OK, though, because this is the same old song and dance for the NFL's last remaining one-loss team.


The Cardinal Rule | Michael Silver,
The story of Bruce Arians' unlikely ascent to the high-profile perch that should have been his destiny -- coaching an NFL team into a position of Super Bowl-contention and ignoring every one of his profession's most bloated constraints and clichés along the way -- is a titillating tale that stretches from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to the Valley of the Sun.

Win In Seattle Resonates For Cardinals
Beating Seahawks in Arians' first season solidified belief in the path of new regime

Avoiding Picks Focus For Drew Stanton
Notebook: Fitzgerald "iffy" to play Sunday, Shaughnessy returns to practice

Cardinals Blogs | Hall nominees with Cards ties, and Keim’s story
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has whittled its potential 2015 class to 26 names, and included in there are a three major contributors to the Cardinals over the years.

Arizona Cardinals aren't offended, or motivated, by underdog status
"Going up there, everybody is usually an underdog," coach Bruce Arians said. "We don't really need any more extra motivation to go play them, especially at their place. They're the world champions. We're just 9-1, we haven't done s--t."

Arizona Cardinals tight end Darren Fells' impatient wait may be over
"He's more than capable," head coach Bruce Arians said. "He's shown flashes of being a very dominant blocker. This is a great opportunity for him. We need him to step up."

Lessons learned in college shaped who Cardinals' Drew Stanton is today
Drew Stanton's leadership skills have surfaced since taking over for Carson Palmer as the Arizona Cardinals' starting quarterback -- skills he honed at Michigan State under coach John L. Smith.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians: 'I thought we'd be 10-0'
"I thought we'd be 10-0," he said with a wry smile as a guest of We Need To Talk on CBS Sports Network. "You never look at the schedule and think you're going to lose one. But, I think with everything that's happened to this team this year, our guys have galvanized and it's kind of us against the world."

Rest of NFC West

Jim Harbaugh talks Ahmad Brooks, secondary, RG3, Vernon Davis in red zone - Niners Nation
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh met with the media on Wednesday, and there was plenty to discuss. He opened talking about Ahmad Brooks, but also got into the secondary, Robert Griffin III, and some red zone issues. We have a transcript.

Ahmad Brooks benched for lashing out at Jim Tomsula, apologized to coach, team - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers appear to have cleared up the situation with Ahmad Brooks. He spoke with the media Wednesday to explain the situation.

Tom Cable on ESPN: Patrick Lewis likely to get the start at center this week; Seahawks' improving at pass protection - Field Gulls
Seahawks assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tom Cable joined Danny, Dave and Moore on 710 ESPN Seattle yesterday and had some interesting things to say about the state of the offensive line.

Marshawn Lynch fined total of $100K by NFL -
Marshawn Lynch will pay a hefty fine after refusing to talk to the media following Sunday's loss against the Chiefs.

Rams-Broncos: Greg Zuerlein Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week - Turf Show Times
The Rams' kicker went five for five padding the 22-7 win over the Broncos and picked up the weekly accolade for his efforts.

Rams-Chargers: Initial Injury Report Shows Season Taking Toll On Veterans - Turf Show Times
The NFL season is a multi-month challenge to the human body to endure incredible violence and pain. It's starting to have an effect...