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Arizona Cardinals news 9/18: Fitz challenges Fells, stopping Forte and KC loses

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We are now at Friday. The Arizona Cardinals have one more practice and then will get ready to travel for their first real road game. Catch up on what you might have missed. Here are this morning's Bird Droppings.

Cardinals:

Bruce Arians Will Always Be Aggressive
Gutsy playcalling is what Cardinals' boss is about, long before he got a head coaching role

Just Two Corners For Cardinals
Notes: Safety versatility impacts Bethel's snap count; Jefferson, Bucannon added to injury list

Opposing View: Bears Key on Carson Palmer
What the Bears say about Arizona

Cardinals Blogs | Fitzgerald challenges Fells — in hoops
Darren Fells’ story of how he came to be a tight end is well known. He didn’t play football for a decade after high school, because first he played college basketball at UC-Irvine and then professionally hoops overseas. He had a breakout game Sunday, but let’s face it, he has the experience on the court.

Arizona Cardinals face tough task against Matt Forte

The Saints rushed for only 54 yards last week against the Cardinals, but that doesn’t mean their running backs were unproductive.

Arizona Cardinals' offensive depth being put to test

Over the last three offseasons, the structure of the Cardinals’ roster was reinforced to withstand most of the inevitable calamities brought by each football season.

Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, Darren Fells ready to face off in hoops

Tight end Darren Fells is the only Cardinal who has played basketball professionally, but that doesn’t mean he’s the best basketball player in the locker room, according to receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Carson Palmer appreciative for donated tissue that saved his knee - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Carson Palmer shared his thoughts on the importance of being a tissue donor and what being a tissue recipient has meant to him.

LaMarr Woodley helped start professional bowling team in Pittsburgh - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Arizona Cardinals linebacker LaMarr Woodley was involved with a professional bowling team. Yes, a bowling team.

Fantasy Football - Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer has a favorable matchup against the Chicago Bears

The Week 2 Matchups Map is high on Carson Palmer and low on Philip Rivers.

Justin Bethel overcomes insomnia to play at Pro Bowl level - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Justin Bethel sleeps only four to five hours at a time at night, but he hasn't let his irregular sleep patterns affect his play.

It's "uplifting" that David Johnson's making strides this quickly with Cardinals - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

Johnson feels great knowing that he came in and made an immediate impact on his team with that touchdown. He didn’t have to wait until mid-season or toward the end of the season to make his presence felt; he got it done right off the bat.

Carson Palmer: "We are deep, well-built, (and) well-constructed" - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

The new and improved Carson Palmer met with the media on Wednesday afternoon. Palmer is new and improved because head coach Bruce Arians is seeing that in him.

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski: Palmer made throws that very few QB's can make - Arizona Sports

Ron Jaworski was thoroughly impressed with the way Carson Palmer and the Cardinals played against the Saints. Jaws thinks Carson Palmer could elevate himself to an elite quarterback this season if he can stay healthy.

Bears safety Antrel Rolle: Cardinals 'have a dynamic offense'

Antrel Rolle discusses his memories of playing for the Cardinals and how he views playing them now. Rolle also talks about being a leader for the Bears defense and shares some of his favorite movies.

Arizona Cardinals look to build upon solid Week 1 offensive production - Arizona Sports

Protect the quarterback.  Run the football.  Score points.

ESPN analyst Merril Hoge: Cards can use last year's struggles this year - Arizona Sports

Is Peyton Manning on his way out? Who is the most underrated quarterback in the NFL? What does Hoge think about the Cardinals?

NFL:

Broncos vs. Chiefs 2015 final score: Denver takes advantage of late fumble to win 31-24 - SBNation.com

The Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, with Peyton Manning leading the team to a scoring drive in the final minutes.

You should bet against the Broncos - SBNation.com

Vegas isn't high on Peyton Manning's play this season, and the Broncos are three-point underdogs on the road in Kansas City.

NFL tells Giants that referees blew 2 calls in last-minute loss to the Cowboys - SBNation.com

If not for the missed calls, the Giants probably beat the Cowboys. (They still probably deserved to lose, though.)

The NFL may have finally embraced the up-tempo revolution - SBNation.com

Did things feel faster to you during the first week of NFL action?

You didn’t forget about Jadeveon Clowney did you? - SBNation.com

Last year's No. 1 overall pick had his season all but erased by injuries. He's back in the Texans lineup this season, looking as menacing as ever.

Donald Trump is bigger than the GOP - SBNation.com

It's Trump's world, we're all just lucky enough to still be alive in it.

Peyton Manning reaches 70,000 career passing yards - SBNation.com

Peyton Manning has eclipsed 70,000 career passing yards during Thursday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jamaal Charles fumbles away game in final seconds and OH MY GOD - SBNation.com

OH NO

Jim Nantz delivers sick burn after Jamaal Charles fumbles away game vs. Broncos - SBNation.com

OUCH.

Broncos vs. Chiefs, Week 2: Denver scores twice in final minute to stun KC - SBNation.com

Peyton Manning became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 70,000 yards, then threw the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, one of two Broncos touchdowns in the final minute to stun the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in KC.