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11/6 Arizona Cardinals news: Peterson getting better and midseason report

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Patrick Peterson all but shut out Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant last week just days after stating the season was about to turn around for him. And Justin Bethel won the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week award for his field goal block.


"Only Going To Get Better" For Patrick Peterson
Injuries, penalties slow cornerback, but Cowboys game could be harbinger

Different Mindset For Carson Palmer Passes
Notebook: Drops cost Cardinals; Massie sits but should be OK

Block Earns Justin Bethel NFC Award
Cardinals win their fourth NFC weekly award halfway though the season

Arizona Cardinals Midseason Report: Are Weaknesses a Threat to Derail Season? | Bleacher Report
The saying in sports is “winning cures all.” The Arizona Cardinals sit atop the NFL at the midway point of their season, winning four straight games since their lone loss at the hands of the Denver Broncos. At 7-1, most things have gone right for the Cardinals this season. But does winning really cure all?

Arizona Cardinals' penalized All-Pro Patrick Peterson finding his stride
Patrick Peterson's best game of the season wasn't perfect. Not close. Even though he covered Dez Bryant the way cold covers ice, shutting down the Cowboys' best wide receiver until the final two minutes of last Sunday's 28-17 victory in Dallas, the Cardinals' All-Pro cornerback still had his issues.

Arizona Cardinals tight end John Carlson not concerned about drops
Cardinals tight end John Carlson has been targeted 14 times over the past two games and in Sunday's 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys finally corraled his first touchdown catch of the year. Still, out of those 14 targets have come just four catches. Three of the missed connections have been drops.

Best record, great start not enough to impress Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are 7-1 for the first time since 1974, and currently hold the best record in the NFL as well as a two-game lead in the NFC West. Yet, they're not impressed.

Rest of NFC West

Marcus Lattimore announces his retirement from football - Niners Nation
49ers running back Marcus Lattimore has officially decided to end his comeback attempt. The 49ers 2013 draft pick announced his retirement and will return to school to complete his degree.

Kendall Hunter contract details emerge - Niners Nation
Details are emerging about Kendall Hunter's contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers. We break down the details.

As Seahawks head into second half, are they ready to explode? - Field Gulls
As Seahawks head into second half, are they ready to recapture their identity?

Seahawks advanced stats: Winning big and small - Field Gulls
Seattle almost dominated the Raiders on Sunday, except that they didn't. A closer look at who was rad and bad, Richard Sherman remaining the best corner in the game, and Russell Wilson's need to pad those stats in the second half.

Rams-Cardinals: Odds Give St. Louis More than a Touchdown Cushion - Turf Show Times
The oddsmakers are giving the Rams a touchdown and more as they head to Arizona to take on the NFC-leading Cardinals.

Rams-49ers: Key Stats Analysis - Week 9 - Turf Show Times
Throughout the 2014 season, I'll be keeping track of four key team statistical measures, and how they affect the outcome of every Rams game: Turnover Differential, Big Play Differential, Points Per Drive Differential, and Team Penalty Yards Differential. In addition, I'll keep track of the score at half-time. Is there a correlation between these statistics and the Rams' win/loss record?