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Arizona Cardinals news 9/28: Week 4 NFL previews

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The Arizona Cardinals aren't playing, but here are some stories you might have missed:


'Playbook': Real or not real
The "NFL Playbook" crew breaks down the 3-0 teams and decides whether or not they are legitimate.

Wired: Andre Ellington vs 49ers

Listen in to RB Andre Ellington wired for sound during the win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Zoom - The Honey Badger Returns

S Tyrann Mathieu makes his return onto the field after a long road to recovery.

Cardinals Blogs | Mathieu works on "just being that guy again"

"As I look back from where I am now, I think the toughest part was being cleared from rehab and having to transition back to the football field," Mathieu said.

Arizona Cardinals gain key production on short notice from Tommy Kelly
"I don't think we'd be 3-0 if he didn't play as well as he has," defensive end Calais Campbell said.

Arizona Cardinals prove Phoenix is a football town at heart

The three other major professional teams in the Valley — the Suns, Diamondbacks and Coyotes — had very strong seasons from a viewership standpoint. Yet their combined per-game rating (6.84) is about a quarter of the average Cardinals telecast.

NFL news:

What makes the Broncos offense so effective? -

The Denver Broncos found the perfect blend of timing, precision and creativity for their offensive playbook. A retired NFL defensive end looks at what makes it so different.

Do bye weeks really matter in the NFL? -

That answer is WAY more complicated than you think.

The Jay Cutler you don't know -

Behind the scowls and glares, there's a different side of Jay Cutler most fans don't know, an intelligent leader who just wants to win.

Game previews:

Panthers vs. Ravens:

Panthers at Ravens: Key Matchups - Cat Scratch Reader

Coming off an absolute mudhole stomping by the Steelers, the Panthers travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens and their new toy acquire from the offseason, Steve Smith. Here are your key matchups

What to watch for when the Ravens host the Panthers - Baltimore Beatdown

Things to look for during Sunday's game.

Packers vs. Bears:

Packers vs. Bears, Week 4: Five Things to Watch For - Acme Packing Company

We preview the second of the Packers' three consecutive divisional games.

Bears Vs Packers: Six-Pack Keys To Victory - Windy City Gridiron

We're offering our six keys for the Bears to take a win over the rival Packers.

Bils vs. Texans:

Bills vs. Texans, NFL Week 4 2014: news, notes, score, preview, & more - Buffalo Rumblings

This Sunday, two 2-1 teams in the AFC coming off of rough Week 3 losses square off for the quarter-season title of conference upstart when the Houston Texans host the Buffalo Bills. Everything you need to know for the game will be here.

Texans-Bills 2014 Game Information: Schedule, Game Time, TV Broadcast, Radio Broadcast, And Online Streaming - Battle Red Blog

Trying to figure out how to catch the Houston Texans' game against the Buffalo Bills? Here's how to do it.

Colts vs. Titans:

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans Preview - Stampede Blue

The Indianapolis Colts (1-2) take on the Tennessee Titans (1-2) on Sunday. Stampede Blue's Josh Wilson previews the matchup and gets you ready for the game, plus gives his prediction.

Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts: Comprehensive Preview - Music City Miracles

An in-depth breakdown of the Titans first divisional match-up of the 2014 season.

Lions vs. Jets:

On Paper: Detroit Lions at New York Jets - Pride Of Detroit

Two of the most dominant defenses in the NFL go head-to-head this week. But which team has the overall edge on paper: the Detroit Lions or New York Jets?

Jets vs Lions Game Preview - Gang Green Nation

Your one-stop source for everything you need to know about the early Sunday game between New York and Detroit. Brought to you by NFL Ticket Exchange.

Dolphins vs. Raiders:

Jets vs Lions Game Preview - Gang Green Nation

Your one-stop source for everything you need to know about the early Sunday game between New York and Detroit. Brought to you by NFL Ticket Exchange.

6 Things to Watch in Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders - The Phinsider

Six things to keep an eye on when the Dolphins and Raiders face off at Wembley Stadium in London.

Buccaneers vs. Steelers:

Buccaneers vs. Steelers: Three key matchups when the Bucs are on offense - Bucs Nation

The Bucs need to win these three key matchups on offense to beat the Steelers.

Weekend Checkdown: the top stories of the week - Behind the Steel Curtain

Winning brings some fresh air and sunshine to Steelers Nation

Jaguars vs. Chargers:

Jaguars vs. Chargers 2014: THE BCC PREVIEW EXTRAVAGANZA - Big Cat Country


The San Diego Chargers will win against the Jacksonville Jaguars - Bolts From The Blue

Each week, John Gennaro gives San Diego Chargers fans three reasons to be optimistic about the team's chances in their upcoming game. This week, the Chargers take on the 0-3 Jacksonville Jaguars.

Falcons vs. Vikings:

The 4 Falcons-Vikings Matchups That Matter In Week 4 - The Falcoholic

Matchups that will make a huge difference for the Falcons vs. Vikings game.

NFL Week 4: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman

All of our coverage of this week's contest between the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings can be found right here for your reading pleasure.

Eagles vs. 49ers:

The Linc - 49ers Scouting Report - Bleeding Green Nation

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/27/2014.

49ers vs. Eagles preview: Battle of the deep ball - Niners Nation

The 49ers are looking to escape September with a .500 record when they host the Eagles on Sunday and to do so, they must put a lid on Philadelphia's vertical passing attack.

Saints vs. Cowboys:

Saints vs. Cowboys: Five Questions with Blogging the Boys - Canal Street Chronicles

Ahead of the showdown between the Saints and the Cowboys on Sunday night, we asked five questions to Dave Halprin, the creator and editor of SB Nation's "Blogging the Boys."

What Can We Expect From Anthony Spencer? - Blogging The Boys
Anthony Spencer returns to the playing field this Sunday night. What kind of performance can be expected from him?

Patriots vs. Chiefs:

Patriots vs. Chiefs: Key Match-Ups - Pats Pulpit
Taking a look at a key match-up on each side of the ball as the Patriots prepare to play the Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

Five things the Kansas City Chiefs must do to beat Patriots in primetime - Arrowhead Pride

Kansas City has a chance to earn a huge win in primetime, and is good enough to get the job done.