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Arizona Cardinals news 10/17: Getting ready for Pittsburgh

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Cardinals:

Cardinals Blogs | After Greenbrier, Friday before the Steelers
"Coach did a good job of taking care of us earlier this week," safety Rashad Johnson said. "We’re going to be fine."

Pasch Factor: Freeney And Vick Meet Again

Cardinals' broadcaster did Syracuse play-by-play when the stars dueled in college

Opportunities Knock For Rashad Johnson

Notes: Safety has flourished since finger injury; Iupati should play against Steelers

Larry Fitzgerald reminds Gary Player of Nelson Mandela - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

While staying at the Greenbrier, Bruce Arians and a few players had dinner with golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.

Arizona Cardinals go from worst to first in rushing yards per carry - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Heading into Pittsburgh, the Cardinals' backfield is averaging an NFL-best 4.96 yards per carry -- compared with a league worst 3.29 last year.

Even with early season success, Chris Johnson staying "focused" on task at hand - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

What a difference a year can make when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals and their running game. Last season, they were next to last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (81.8), and they were dead last in the league in rushing yards per play (3.29).

Tony Jefferson: "We're playing fast, we're playing physical, we're playing smart" - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

"I kind of like this. It’s kind of tight. We get to bond more with our teammates and stuff," Jefferson said. "At the same time, I do miss my son, but it’s all part of it."

Cardinals running game blossoms with three big-play backs | FOX Sports

For as long as most of their fans can remember, the Arizona Cardinals have had a hard time running the ball. So far this year, that's not been the case.

Cardinals vs. Steelers high on NFL.com's list of Week 6 revenge games - Arizona Sports

Revenge will be on the team’s mind and that has Sunday’s game at No. 2 on NFL.com’s Adam Schein’s nine revenge-infused games in Week 6.

Johnson, Minter land on Grantland's All-Surprise Team

Over at Grantland.com, Bill Barnwell created an "NFL All-Surprise Team," and a pair of Cardinals made the list.

NFL:

Which NFL coach is getting fired next? - SBNation.com

SB Nation NFL contributors Danny Kelly and Stephen White discuss the teams at the bottom of the pile and the coaches who helped put them there.

An analysis of the worst sports talk radio commercial ever - SBNation.com

It's the most generic, worst piece of radio copy I've ever heard.

Johnny Manziel pulled over by police after arguing with girlfriend, drinking - SBNation.com

The Browns quarterback was not arrested or charged with anything.

Michael Bennett fined $20,000 for demolition of Andy Dalton - SBNation.com

Michael Bennett drew his third fine of the 2015 season for needlessly picking on Andy Dalton.

J.J. Watt dresses up as Batman, surprises kids at Texas Children's Hospital - SBNation.com

Very cool.

Key and Peele donated to Von Miller's charity after NFL fined him for thrust dance - SBNation.com

The guys gave back to Miller's charity in the amount of the NFL fine.

Indianapolis bakery prepares for Patriots game with deflated football cakes, broken phone cookies - SBNation.com

Delicious.