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A look around the web at the best Arizona Cardinals news and notes.

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The Arizona Cardinals are on their bye week, but there is plenty of fantastic information from around the web.

Player Of The Month Honor For David Johnson
Running back's five-game stretch in October earns him NFC award.

John Wetzel Emerges From The Shadows
Backup lineman will be thrust into critical role of starting left tackle.

Seahawks' Sherman lists Fitzgerald as one of toughest receivers he's covered
Seahawks corner Richard Sherman listed Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald as one of the toughest receivers he has ever covered.

Trending: A look at the Cardinals at the season's midway point
Some Cardinals are on pace for monster seasons while others are having down years.

Cardinals chasing at least 4 teams in wild card race | Cards Wire
The Arizona Cardinals sit at 3-4-1 in their bye week. It isn't where anyone predicted they would be. Considered a favorite to win the NFC at the start of the season, they now sit in 10th place in the conference. However, in terms of the playoff picture, they are still in it.

Bruce Arians says Cardinals still have ‘a ton to practice and play for’ in 2nd half of season | Cards Wire
Despite sitting at 3-4-1, the division title is still very much within reach.

David Johnson, Tony Jefferson among top breakout stars at midpoint of season | Cards Wire
Despite disappointing team play, two Cardinals have broken out for their individual play this season.

NFL 2016 - Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen Week 9 notebook - If Chargers traded Philip Rivers to draft Marcus Mariota
San Diego had a chance to trade its franchise quarterback for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, which would have landed Marcus Mariota. What if they had gone through it?

Notes from the NFC West

Cliff Avril gets the recognition he deserves - Field Gulls
Cliff Avril has been under-appreciated for years, a zero-time Pro Bowl defensive end with 69 career sacks, a humble guy who doesn’t giggle about that number. But perhaps he can fly under the radar...

Which LA Rams Improved The Most In 2016? - Turf Show Times
Coming out of the bye week, the Rams will need these players to continue their positive development.

Trent Baalke scouted Western Michigan-Ball State on Tuesday, Toledo-Akron on Wednesday - Niners Nation
Chip Kelly has not had a chance to discuss Josh Huff yet, in part because he just found out about his release, and in part because 49ers GM Trent Baalke just got back from a scouting trip.