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Arizona Cardinals news 12/31: Cardinals as favorites, rushing for 2000, more TDs than punts

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Cardinals and NFL links to start your day.

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The Arizona Cardinals were back at practice. We got new odds that favor Arizona as champs. There is talk of their effective running game this year. Here are today's links to kick off the day.

Cardinals:

NFC Playoff Picture - Week 17
The top seed is still alive for the Cardinals heading into the regular season finale

Cardinals Pegged As Super Bowl Favorites
Following Panthers' loss, focus has settled on Cardinals as potential team to beat

Cardinals Blogs | In a rush for 2,000
It’s been a popular question posed to me recently, from fans and when I’m doing radio interviews: What’s the difference between this year’s team and last year’s pre-Palmer knee team? There are a few. But the most obvious — and the most important, in my opinion — is the Cardinals’ ability to run the football.

Arizona Cardinals breaking new ground via the run

Arizona Cardinals breaking new ground via the run

Bird Watch: Cardinals won't shelve QB bucket challenge

By now, you’ve surely seen the video or the photographs of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer prancing around the field in a makeshift grass skirt and bikini top before Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Bruce Arians concerned Markus Golden's knee injury may cost him Sunday - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

If Markus Golden can't play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, the Arizona Cardinals will go with a three-man rotation at outside linebacker.

Cardinals are the most recent team to have more TDs than punts - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

The Arizona Cardinals have 57 touchdowns this season to just 55 punts.

Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson worthy of Defensive Player of Year - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

If you look at the numbers, Patrick Peterson deserves strong consideration for Defensive Player of the Year. So why is nobody talking about him?

Cardinals' Peterson tweets image of quiet football life he leads | FOX Sports

Cardinals' Peterson tweets image of quiet football life he leads

Mathieu on Cardinals' success: 'I still feel like I'm a part of it' | FOX Sports

Mathieu on Cardinals' success: 'I still feel like I'm a part of it'

Calais Campbell laying it all "on the line" for his teammates - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

Talk about being in rare air: the Cardinals are the only team in the NFL that’s ranked in the top five in four categories – Total offense (#1), points per game (#1), total defense (#5) and points allowed per game (#5).

Kurt Warner: 2015 Cardinals better version than 2008

Kurt Warner talks about how different the 2015 Arizona Cardinals are compared to his 2008 Super Bowl team.

Cardinals QB Palmer: 'You’ve got to go out and play'

That 36-year-old Carson Palmer is important to the Arizona Cardinals' Super Bowl hopes is an understood fact.

NFL:

NFL picks 2015, Week 17: Experts favor Packers, Jets and Broncos in critical games - SBNation.com

A lot of playoff seeds are still up for grabs in Week 17 as SB Nation's NFL experts make their final picks of the regular season.

What's next for Chip Kelly? - SBNation.com

Chip Kelly recruited both Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel in 2011 and could coach one of them in his next job.

Broncos announce Peyton Manning will backup Sunday even if healthy - SBNation.com

For the first time since he was a freshman at the University of Tennessee, Manning will be No. 2 on the depth chart if he dresses this week.

Johnny Manziel's season could be over due to concussion - SBNation.com

Austin Davis is preparing to make his second career start for the Browns in Week 17 if Johnny Manziel is unable to play.

Eagles owner says next coach after Chip Kelly needs to value 'emotional intelligence' - SBNation.com

The Eagles' new head coach and player personnel department will return to a collaborative approach to roster decisions.

Steve Smith changes mind on retirement and will play in 2016 - SBNation.com

Smith ended speculation that he would call off his retirement by announcing his intention to return in 2016.

Chip Kelly is gone. Can the Eagles have Taco Tuesday back now? - SBNation.com

Kelly wasn't prepared for an NFL-level power struggle, and he lost. So, what's next for Kelly and the Eagles?