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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals ready for Rams test, Cardinals defense improving, defensive line getting healthy and more

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Happy Thursday one and all.

We are closing in on another NFC West matchup, for the first time this year the Arizona Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Rams.

We have all the news from around the web to help us get ready, let’s get to it.

You've Got Mail: Rams Week, Part I
Topics include Inconsistent offense, Kyler leadership, and D-Hop use

Cardinals' Defense Still Reaching For The Ceiling
Despite losses, unit has been solid, but Rams provide annual test

Cardinals, The Arizona Pet Project Hosting Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry
Nearly 100,000 pounds of pet food to be distributed Saturday at State Farm Stadium

Trent Sherfield Activated From COVID list
Leki Fotu, Kevin Peterson return to practice

Johnathan Joseph Solidifying Cornerback Depth For Cardinals
Notes: Fitzgerald iffy against Rams; toy drive set for Saturday at State Farm Stadium

With COVID Lurking, Quarterbacks Know Close-Knit Can't Mean Close
Even before Broncos situation, Cardinals understood

DeAndre Hopkins Named To Forbes 30 Under 30 List
Wide receivers business acumen noted

Beachum: 'It's A Huge Game"
OL Kelvin Beachum discusses the importance of playing complementary football ahead of Sunday's matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Murray Talks Rams Defense
QB Kyler Murray meets the media on Wednesday to discuss the state of the offense heading into Rams week.

Red Sea Report - Back To Work After Another Tough Loss
The Cardinals must move on from their disappointing 20-17 loss to the Patriots in order to prepare for their first meeting with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Craig Grialou, Mike Jurecki and Bertrand Berry try to pick up the pieces from New England.

Cardinals Cover 2 - Defense Solid Without Full Deck Of Cards
Ep. 361 - Despite all the injuries and players landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the defense has performed very well here in 2020. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki go over the numbers that back up the job defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has done in t

Cardinals Underground - That Cold November Pain
The Cardinals head into December's stretch run still in control of their playoff destiny, but after a November that put a dent into those hopes and a brutal loss in New England, Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban and Kyle Odegard try to remember that nothing last

Cardinals Cover 2 - Can’t Pass On The Passing Game
Ep. 362 - If defenses are going to continue to take away his ability to run, then maybe it's time for Kyler Murray to show off his arm more than in previous weeks. There's no question he can make all the throws.

Have teams cracked the code on Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray? - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Murray has been blitzed on 39% of his dropbacks over the past four games, where the Cardinals went 1-3. In the first seven, he was blitzed 17%.

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins added another accolade to his career this week, this time coming from Forbes Magazine.

Patrick Peterson: Sound situational football vital to Cardinals' success
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson addressed the team's need to play fundamental football down the stretch on his podcast Tuesday.

Cardinals activate DL Rashard Lawrence from injured reserve
The Arizona Cardinals activated defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence from the injured reserve/designated for return list on Tuesday.

December represents a critical stretch for Arizona Cardinals' playoff hopes
With only five weeks left in the season, every game matters that much more for teams like the Cardinals jostling for a shot at the playoffs.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray leads ESPN list of top 25 NFL players under 25
ESPN's Mike Clay sees a high ceiling for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who won't turn 25 until August 2022.

Cardinals active WR Trent Sherfield from COVID-19 list
Cardinals wide receiver Trent Sherfield was originally placed on the COVID-19 list last Thursday, along with fellow wideout Larry Fitzgerald.

Rams defense to bring new challenge for Cardinals, Kyler Murray
As the importance of Kyler Murray's rushing abilities gets put further under the microscope, the Cardinals must deal with a new-look Rams defense.

Arizona Cardinals Week 12 offensive snap counts and observations
See how the 74 offensive snaps were divided up in Week 12.

Arizona Cardinals Week 12 defensive snap counts and observations
The Cardinals played 53 defensive snaps on Sunday. See how the playing time was divided up.

Cardinals activate Trent Sherfield from COVID list, make other moves
Evan Baylis returns to the practice squad and two players on IR can return to practice.

Arizona Cardinals rookie Jace Whittaker helped feed 40 families in Tempe
He donated $2,500 to feed 40 Tempe families in need from a local middle school.

Arizona Cardinals’ Kenyan Drake a top 2021 free agent RB
He makes Touchdown Wire's 2021 All-Free Agent Team for offense.