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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals playoff clinching scenarios, ready for the test of Jonathan Taylor and more

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Happy Saturday and Merry Christmas one and all.

The Arizona Cardinals take on the Indianapolis Colts this evening and to help us get ready we have all the news from around the web on your Arizona Cardinals.

Let’s get to it.

Three Big Things: Colts Week
A look at the top storylines for Saturday's game

Pro Bowl Cardinals running back James Conner is questionable for game against Colts on Christmas
Notes: Winslow to punt; Garcia game-day decision; Jones' Pro Bowl pick

Cardinals Hope To Turn Colts Game Into Merry Christmas
Playoff spot available to be clinched for third time

Twas the Friday before the Colts for the Cardinals, and notes and thoughts before Arizona and Indianapolis

Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones talked about a recent players meeting, and the need for players to understand postseason opportunity
Chandler Jones echoing 2008 sentiments of Kurt Warner

Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt refused to accept 4-to-6 month prognosis on injured shoulder, rehab going 'really well'
Defensive end appears on Houston teen's YouTube show

Cardinals Cover 2 - ‘The Challenge’ That Is Jonathan Taylor
Ep. 514 - The Cardinals have faced their share of first-class running backs this season. Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey just to name a few. And now, Jonathan Taylor, who in 2021 may be in a class all his own.

Cardinals Folktales - Snow Day To Tampa Bay, The Podcast
Ep. 11 - When the 2008 Cardinals were dismantled by the Patriots in wintery conditions, many experts gave Arizona a snowball's chance in hell to succeed in the playoffs. After some brutal practices in the rain, the newly-focused Cardinals played well

Cardinals Cover 2 - Our One Christmas Wish: A Week 16 Win
Ep. 515 - It's not too much to ask for, is it? And if the Cardinals do win on Saturday, the gift is threefold. They clinch a playoff spot (which is first and foremost), snap a three-game home losing streak and end a two-game slide in primetime.

Arizona Cardinals come to grips with upset loss to Detroit Lions 'Love Actually'-style
The Arizona Cardinals use a 2003 romantic comedy to help them come to terms with a recent upset loss against the Detroit Lions.

Ron Wolfley, the voice of the Arizona Cardinals, 'just sounds like football'
Wolfley's husky voice and unique catch phrases -- "Kurt Warner can throw a Twinkie into a toaster" -- were born from painful memories and a love of literature.

Colts' Carson Wentz, Michael Pittman Jr. not to be overlooked by Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor isn't the only threat offensively the Arizona Cardinals have to contend with on Christmas.

RB Jonathan Taylor: The unquestioned lifeblood to Colts' 2021 success
You don't have to look hard to find the Colts' biggest threat offensively in running back Jonathan Taylor. The numbers speak for themselves.

Cardinals' Jordan Phillips out vs. Colts, Conner a game-day decision
The Arizona Cardinals will be without defensive lineman Jordan Phillips when they take on the Indianapolis Colts on Christmas.

Cardinals' Budda Baker grateful for Pro Bowl nod but prefers Super Bowl
Even in the midst of a season that led to a fourth Pro Bowl honor, Cardinals S Budda Baker is focused on one thing: winning a Super Bowl.

Cardinals leaders driving home importance of seizing 2021 opportunity
The Arizona Cardinals did some reflecting inward ahead of their Christmas Day matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

Themes from the Arizona Cardinals' failed playoff-clinching opportunities
Twice in each of the past two years, the Cardinals have stepped onto the field where a win would have helped thrust them into the playoffs.

PFF grades Cardinals' Zaven Collins as 6th best rookie linebacker
Cardinals linebacker Zaven Collins was graded as the sixth best rookie at his position by Pro Football Focus.

Christmas Cards: Kyler Murray and Co. 'honored' to play a holiday game
Playoff implications aside, Saturday's Christmas matchup was already a big game in the eyes of many in the Cardinals' locker room.

J.J. Watt seeking return ‘smartly and safety’ but refuses to accept 4-6 month timeline
He is rehabbing and working as hard as he can to possibly be any part of a playoff run the Cardinals can make. The initial prognosis was season-ending.

Arizona Cardinals prepared for heavy rushing attack from Colts, Jonathan Taylor
Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph details what the Cardinals must do against Jonathan Taylor, Colts.

NFL playoff picture: Arizona Cardinals can clinch with win, 6 other scenarios
The Cardinals need a win to clinch a postseason berth. There are six other ways to do it, but beating the Colts is the best way to go.

Cardinals-Colts preview: Keys to an Arizona victory in Week 16
This is what the Cardinals must do on Christmas night to improve to 11-4 and clinch a spot in the postseason.