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Turkey Day Prognostications: Lions, Cowboys, Packers Looking Good

November 25th, 2015 at 4:56 AM
By Steve Smith

As we all gather with our family and friends to celebrate one of the best holidays of the year – Thanksgiving – let's get ready for some Turkey Day NFL football. Ah, what a great day.

Philadelphia at Detroit (+1): The Lions (3-7) have gained some confidence lately, winning two straight, while the Eagles (4-6) are in a total free fall following their humiliating 45-17 loss to Tampa Bay. They're a mess. A total mess right now.

The Lions are 33-36-2 on Turkey Day and have been playing much better defense as of late, holding the Packers and Raiders to 16 and 13 points, respectively, the last two weeks. This contest has all the makings of a two-interception game from Philly QB Mark Sanchez, who is a turnover waiting to happen.

Look for Detroit to establish their passing attack behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate while signal-caller Matthew Stafford continues to improve each week. Both teams stink but give me the home team here – at least they don't look liked they've cashed in their chips. Lions 24, Eagles 20.

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Facing Bengals Means a Great Deal to Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer

November 21st, 2015 at 5:03 AM
By Steve Smith

When pro football players face their former team, they will usually state that it's "just another game" or it "doesn't mean anything more than any other game".

Don't believe it.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer certainly doesn't as he prepares to face the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

“It’s not,” the veteran signal-caller admitted via "Any time you play a team where you spent some time, and especially for as much time as I spent there, it’s not just another game. I’m solely focused on this and we’re solely focused on this. There’s obviously a little bit extra on it, but it’s a big game for us, it’s a big game for them, and I’m very focused on my job.”

The Red Birds (7-2) are five-point favorites over the Bengals (8-1) in the Sunday night tilt.

The 35-year-old Palmer will face his former team for the second time since getting traded from the Bengals to the Oakland Raiders in 2011, but for the first time playing as the home quarterback. The USC product asked to be traded from Cincinnati before the 2011 season commenced.

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Arizona Cardinals Report Card Vs. Seattle Seahawks

November 17th, 2015 at 4:54 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals may have clinched the NFC West in the long run with their thrilling 39-32 triumph over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

The win vaulted the Red Birds to 7-2 and gave them a three-game lead in the division.

Let's take a look at their report card:


Despite three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception), Carson Palmer played one of his best games in Arizona with 363 yards passing and three touchdowns in a hostile setting. The 35-year-old signal-caller stood in the pocket under intense pressure all night long and delivered in the clutch, leading the Cards on a 10-play, 83-yard drive that culminated with a 14-yard TD pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham that gave the winners the lead for good at 32-29 in the fourth quarter.

Larry Fitzgerald (10 receptions for 130 yards) and Michael Floyd (seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns) were sensational, while Jaron Brown made three huge receptions down the stretch to move the chains.

Andre Ellington's 48-yard scoring burst on a draw sealed the win for the Red Birds. Chris Johnson had a disappointing evening though with just 58 yards on 25 carries.

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Arizona Cardinals: Predictions for Each Remaining Game of the Season

November 13th, 2015 at 4:57 AM
By Steve Smith

Ask any Arizona Cardinals fan and they would have emphatically said YES if they would have signed up for a 6-2 first half for the Red Birds.

That means the Cards are on a 12-4 pace for their 2015 NFL regular season campaign. Can they keep up that pace? Will they indeed capture the NFC West crown?

It's time to predict how the Cardinals will fare the rest of the way:

Sunday, at Seattle: A huge game for Arizona but an even bigger one for the Seahawks. Seattle must win this contest if the Hawks are to have any chance of winning the NFC West. This should be a great Sunday Night football game with the Hawks pulling out the game on a field goal in overtime. Loss.

Sun., Nov. 22 vs. Cincinnati: The odds are that the Bengals will come to Glendale undefeated. Two Andy Dalton interceptions later and the Bengals leave with their first loss of the season. Win.

Sun., Nov. 29 at San Francisco: The 49ers can't seem to get out of their own way. They're a shell of their former selves and Carson Palmer will exploit their weak secondary. Win.

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Arizona Cardinals Looking Good at Halfway Point of NFL Season

November 9th, 2015 at 4:51 AM
By Steve Smith

It's hard to believe the 2015 NFL season is at the halfway point already and the Arizona Cardinals are quite pleased to be 6-2 and in first place in the NFL West.

But there is still a lot of work to do.

Don't forget that their schedule gets harder as well, starting with the Seahawks this coming Sunday.

"I think we all understand that,” veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said via the team's website.

The Red Birds have built a nice foundation though. There are parts of their game that have to improve, without question. However their victories – even with the struggles against the Ravens and Browns – haven’t been that close.

Not only that but the losses not only have been close, it’s easy for the Cards to look upon themselves as the reason why. It’s hard for the Cardinals to see the first half and not be frustrated they are not 7-1 or 8-0 though.

“We’re capable of playing at a very high level,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians stated. “When we don’t, we want answers and reasons. Sometimes, the guy on the other side is pretty damn good.”

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