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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals ready for a Bear hunt, Vance Joseph’s defensive growth, Hopkins anxious to return and more

Syndication: Arizona Republic Michael Chow-Arizona Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

Finally, we are back to game day.

The Arizona Cardinals take on the Chicago Bears and it has been a while since we have seen Arizona Cardinals football.

That means we need to get ready with a look around the web, so let’s get to it.

Vance Joseph has built solid Cardinals defense, with team trying to go 7-0 on the road in Chicago
Continuity with coaching has mattered for Cardinals

Three Big Things: Bears Week
A look at the top storylines for Sunday's game

DeAndre Hopkins anxious to return, but he and Kyler Murray remain game-day decisions for Cardinals in Chicago
Wide receiver game-day decision; QB Kyler Murray is same with ankle

Cardinals-Bears has 100-plus years of history, Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins might play, and other notes before Cards-Bears

Top-Seeded Cardinals Aren't Thinking About Playoff Position Yet
Post-bye trip to Chicago is opportunity to go 7-0 on road

Cardinals GM Steve Keim says team doesn't want to lose Kliff Kingsbury to another job, coach has been phenomenal
GM says it's important to keep backup Colt McCoy in future

Cardinals inside linebackers Chandler Jones, Markus Golden remain top 3 at outside linebacker in NFC Pro Bowl voting in 2021
Cardinals tackle Kelvin Beachum, safety Budda Baker both 2nd in NFC

Cardinals Cover 2 - Time To Go Bear Hunting
Ep. 503 - There is some question as to which Bears quarterback the Cardinals will face on Sunday. Will it be Andy Dalton? Or will it be Justin Fields, the rookie out of Ohio State? Players say they have no preference.

Big Red Rage - It Starts Up Front
Ep. 536 - Corey Peters joins Paul Calvisi and Ron Wolfley to talk about the mood at Cardinals HQ coming out of the bye week, the rotation on the defensive line and what to expect from the Bears offense on Sunday.

Cardinals Cover 2 - NFL’s Oldest Rivalry Renewed
Ep. 504 - The first meeting between the Cardinals and Bears happened more than 100 years ago. By the way, the Cardinals won that game. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki break down the Week 13 matchup in Chicago. What's the latest weather forecast?

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins, QB Kyler Murray easing back in practice
The Cardinals saw one of their biggest pieces offensively in wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins make his return to the practice field on Wednesday.

Kyler Murray, Isaiah Simmons not taking the Kingsbury-to-Oklahoma bait
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray isn't putting too much stock into the report that Oklahoma is targeting Kliff Kingsbury as its next head coach.

Bears name QB Andy Dalton starter for Week 13 matchup vs. Cardinals
With Justin Fields still progressing through a ribs injury, the Chicago Bears are turning to quarterback Andy Dalton against the Cardinals.

Cardinals GM on Kingsbury-Oklahoma rumors: 'We don't want to lose Kliff'
Kliff Kingsbury isn't the only Cardinal who GM Steve Keim has to worry about retaining following this season.

Chicago Bears name 3 former Cardinals as captains for Week 13's contest
The Chicago Bears have named three former Arizona Cardinals players as captains ahead of the Week 13 matchup between the teams.

Cold weather Cards: Arizona not overly concerned with Chicago forecast
The Arizona Cardinals' first -- and potentially only -- real taste of the changing seasons comes against the Chicago Bears in Week 13.

Cardinals 'silent assassin' Jalen Thompson exceeding expectations in 2021
"... He’s always kind of thirsting for knowledge since he got here," Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Jalen Thompson.

Bears skating on thin ice entering Week 13 matchup vs. Cardinals
The name of the game for the Cardinals for most of the season has been to stop the run. That couldn't be more true in Week 13.

Pandemic life offered Zach and Julie Ertz a glimpse of their marriage after pro sports
On Sunday, Julie will see Zach and the Cardinals take on the Bears in Chicago, where she played for nearly seven years. She'll do so with life having changed for the both of them.

How good is your NFL coach on fourth-down calls? We rank all 32
Coaches are going for it more on fourth, and they're getting better at it. Which coaches are best and what was your team's most important fourth down?