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Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

October 30th, 2014 at 6:27 AM
By Steve Smith

There must be something about the Philadelphia Eagles that bring out the best in Larry Fitzgerald.

The Arizona Cardinals' wide receiver has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against the Eagles last Sunday in Glendale.

The eight-time Pro Bowler tore Philadelphia's secondary apart with seven receptions for 160 yards and an 80-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in Arizona's thrilling 24-20 win over the 5-2 Eagles.

The Red Birds have the best record in the NFC at 6-1.

It marked the third time that the University of Pittsburgh product earned the honor and all three times it was against the Eagles. The other two times were in 2011 and 2012.

One thing that was so impressive about Fitzgerald's 80-yard scoring reception from Carson Palmer on Sunday was that he still showed breakaway speed after he caught the short aerial from Palmer. If there was any doubt whether the 31-year-old had wheels, that doubt was dispelled against the Eagles.

It was the longest touchdown reception of Fitzgerald's stellar career.

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Ed Stinson Boosting Arizona Cardinals’ Solid Defensive Unit

October 29th, 2014 at 1:11 PM
By Steve Smith

One of the reasons the Arizona Cardinals are 6-1 this season is the solid play of their blitz happy defense. They've been steady, not spectacular.

Rookie Ed Stinson has contributed as a defensive end. The Homestead, FL native has recorded seven tackles this season, including five of the solor variety.

Here is his updated profile via cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: Defensive end Ed Stinson possesses an ideal frame for the defensive line with broad shoulders, long (32 3/4") arms, a trim middle and a thick lower half, including wide hips and a big bubble. Powerful. Tough to move at the point of attack. Locks out would-be blockers with good arm extension and impressive strength. Very effective bull-rusher, capable of simply pushing opponents into the backfield. Reads run quickly and slides well laterally, slipping blocks to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Breaks down well against quick athletes and possesses the long arms and strength to rip them to the ground. Played special teams for the Tide, including as a blocker on field goals. Versatile with fine potential.

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Arizona Cardinals are Off to Their Best Start Since 1974 NFL Season

October 28th, 2014 at 1:51 PM
By Steve Smith

Gas was 55 cents a gallon. They played in St. Louis. Don Coryell was their head coach and Jim Hart (pictured below), Terry Metcalf, and Donny Anderson were some of the stars of the team.

The year was 1974.

Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States in August of that year. It was also the last time the Cardinals started a season 6-1.

Until now.

The Red Birds have had an amazing season so far, considering the amount of injuries they've battled through and the loss of talent on their roster from a year ago. (Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington, for example.)

Arizona has not been dominant, but the Cardinals find ways to win, which all good teams must do. The Cards had a late goal-line stand on Sunday against the Eagles, forcing them to kick a field goal. That set the stage for Carson Palmer's 75-yard game-winner to John Brown with 1:21 remaining.

The Cardinals find a way to win.

Much like those 10-4 St. Louis (football) Cardinals of 1974.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson To Take Concussion Tests

The Pro Bowl cornerback left Sunday's game in the second quarter with a possible concussion.

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Palmer to Brown Lift Arizona Cardinals to Thrilling 24-20 Triumph Over Philadelphia Eagles

October 27th, 2014 at 4:57 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals drafted rookie wide receiver John Brown in the third round in May because they liked his vertical speed.

Well, they were right.

The Pittsburg St. (KS) product caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Palmer with 1:21 remaining to lift the Red Birds to a thrilling 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday at noisy University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The Cards soared to 6-1 with the win while the Eagles dipped to 5-2.

"Carson made a great throw," Brown said. "He hit me in stride."

He sure did. Brown finished with five receptions for 119 yards while Palmer was brilliant once again, throwing for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

The Eagles drove down to the Arizona 16-yard line with one second left, but quarterback Nick Foles' pass to Jordan Matthews was caught out of bounds as time expired.

Foles threw 62 passes and completed 36 of them for 411 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions (both by Antonio Cromartie). Jeremy Maclin caught 12 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns for Philly.

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Arizona Cardinals Face Huge Test Vs. Philadelphia Eagles

October 25th, 2014 at 7:23 AM
By Steve Smith

The 5-1 Arizona Cardinals will face their sternest test of the 2014 NFL campaign when they host the 5-1 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The Cardinals are listed as 2.5 point favorites.

The Red Birds have had some nice wins against quality opponents this season – at home vs. the 49ers and Chargers – but a victory on Sunday against Philly would show the world that the Cards are for real.

The Eagles lead the NFC in scoring (30.5 PPG) and have a plethora of weapons in LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, and Darren Sproles. However, the key to their fine start has been their special teams – they rank first in kickoff and punt returns, having returned one of each for a TD this season. This is where Sproles in especially dangerous.

Philadelphia will try and gain control behind McCoy, Sproles, and quarterback Nick Foles. Foles (10 TD passes, seven interceptions) has been a little shaky this season, but he does have a premier receiver to throw to in Maclin (28 receptions for 456 yards and four touchdowns).

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