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Arizona Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley Getting Plenty of Respect from Seattle Seahawks

December 21st, 2014 at 7:15 AM
By Steve Smith

This is Ryan Lindley's big day. it's also the most important day for the Arizona Cardinals in many years.

The 11-3 Red Birds face the 10-4 Seattle Seahawks tonight at University of Phoenix Stadium in a battle for the NFC West crown. A victory would seal home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs for the Cards – and they are starting their third-string quarterback.

By now, everyone knows the numbers – the San Diego State product has thrown 181 career passes in the NFL without a touchdown pass, a dubious league record. Lindley also has tossed seven interceptions and owns just a 52 percent completion rate.

That doesn't matter to the Seattle Seahawks at all.

"We’re going to give him a tremendous amount of respect,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said of Lindley via espn.com. “We’re going to attack them the same way we’d attack if he were the No. 1 quarterback.”

The two-time All-Pro cornerback said he expects the Cardinals to do the same things offensively they were doing when Carson Palmer and second-string QB Drew Stanton were on the field.

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Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton Practicing on a Limited Basis; Doubtful for Sunday

December 20th, 2014 at 7:01 AM
By Steve Smith

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton has been practicing on a limited basis this week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's huge game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Ryan Lindley will start against the defending Super Bowl champions. He has no touchdown passes and seven interceptions in his three-year NFL career.

The Seahawks are listed as eight-point favorites. The winner will most likely win the NFC West and earn a first round bye in the NFC playoffs. The Red Birds are 7-0 at home and have clinched a playoff berth.

The 30-year-old Stanton has been dealing with ACL and MCL sprains in his knee since he was sacked in third quarter of last week's 12-6 triumph over the St. Louis Rams. He will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

“He’s made pretty decent progress,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said via the team's website.

If Stanton is able to play, he'll back up Lindley. If not, rookie signal-caller Logan Thomas will have the honor and may play in certain situations against Seattle's top-ranked defense.

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Huge Test Awaits Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Ryan Lindley

December 18th, 2014 at 6:36 AM
By Steve Smith

So what can we expect from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley on Sunday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks?

It's the most important game for the Red Birds in five years. The winner will most likely win the NFC West. Sure, the 11-3 Cards have clinched a playoff berth but they would love to have the number one seed in the conference and home field advantage throughout the playoffs that comes with it.

A first round bye wouldn't hurt either.

So is the third-year signal-caller up to the task at hand? Let's not forget that Lindley has not thrown a touchdown pass in his career and has seven interceptions to boot.

Rookie QB Logan Thomas may see some action in certain packages but, for the most part, this will be Lindley's baby.

Is he ready?

“Ryan is prepared,” injured quarterback Drew Stanton said via the team's website. “Everyone wants to look at his numbers and they aren’t glamorous, but there are a lot of guys, myself included, that went in there and didn’t have success at a young age. He’s worked extremely hard behind the scenes, and no one sees that stuff. You can look at the exterior and you can think what you want, but I have the utmost confidence in what he can do.”

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Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu Expected to Return Sunday Against Seattle Seahawks

December 17th, 2014 at 6:34 AM
By Steve Smith

After missing the last two games with a broken left thumb, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is expected to return to the field on Sunday night when the Red Birds battle the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The LSU product practiced on Monday with a cast sheltering his broken left thumb and should be available for the highly-anticipated NFC West showdown. The winner will most likely capture the divisional crown.

Mathieu was slowed at the beginning of the season while recuperating from a torn ACL and missed the past two games with his thumb injury. He admitted catching a ball with the cast on would be difficult but he’s excited to rejoin his teammates and contribute on Sunday night.

“I wasn’t going to miss this one,” Mathieu said via the team's website. “I didn’t want to miss the last two.”

The last game is in San Francisco, of course, in Week 17.

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Arizona Cardinals Turn to Ryan Lindley as Their Starting Quarterback

December 16th, 2014 at 6:36 AM
By Steve Smith

In the season of "next man up", the Arizona Cardinals now turn to Ryan Lindley as their starting quarterback with the biggest game of the season looming.

With Drew Stanton (knee) expected to be out for up to four weeks, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has named Lindley as his top signal-caller as the 11-3 Red Birds prepare for their showdown with the Seattle Seahawks (10-4) Sunday night in Glendale. It's possible that rookie QB Logan Thomas may see some action in certain situations as well but, for the most part, this team is Lindley's for now.

Arians, the leading candidate for NFL Coach of the Year, had a simple message for Lindley.

"Go sling it, baby,” Arians told Lindley via the team's website. “Go have fun. You’re here for a reason. You’re only on this team because you’re talented enough to be here. You have everything it takes to win the game.”

The San Diego State product made four starts as a rookie for the 5-11 Red Birds of 2012, a bleak season that cost Ken Whisenhunt his job. Needless to say, Lindley did not perform well during his time under center – he completed 72-of-134 passes (54 percent) for 629 yards, no touchdowns and seven interceptions to go with a quarterback rating of 44.7.

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