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Arizona Cardinals News: Cardinals Must Find Ways To Support John Skelton Against San Francisco 49ers.

on October 26 2012 6:40 AM
Arizona Cardinals News: Cardinals Must Find Ways To Support John Skelton Against San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, on what is really a must win game. No-one would doubt that they have struggled offensively, especially at the quarterback position, and against a stingy 49ers defense, few expect things to improve for QB John Skelton and the Cardinals offense.

A win would keep the Cardinals in lock-step with San Francisco at the top of the NFC West, a loss would see them fall two games back on the division leaders. The Cardinals have home-field advantage, but unfortunately, that is the only column which favors Arizona.

If the Cardinals have any hope of toppling their divisional rivals, they need to find a way to protect and support their quarterback, John Skelton. The Cardinals much maligned offensive line is on track to give up 80 sacks this season, and the 49ers pass rush, who have managed just 11 sacks thus far, will be fired up and motivated to improve those numbers.

Arizona Cardinals Vs San Francisco 49ers: History Has Not Been Kind, But Cardinals Will Hope To Break Monday Night Football Curse.

on October 25 2012 4:46 AM
Arizona Cardinals Vs San Francisco 49ers: History Has Not Been Kind, But Cardinals Will Hope To Break Monday Night Football Curse.

To suggest that the Arizona Cardinals struggle on Monday Night Football would be an understatement. At times, it feels like the Cardinals are cursed. In preparing for their upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers the team will be unusually aware that history is not on their side.

Since arriving in Arizona, the Cardinals are a pitiful 1-7 on Monday night, with many of those losses have been at the hands of the 49ers.

The Cardinals Monday Night Football performances have been something of a horror show, which is perhaps appropriate, playing as they are just two nights before Halloween.

In 1999 against the 49ers, the Cardinals lost 24-10, and ended the career of Steve Young in a single night. In 2007, the San Francisco 49ers scored with just 22 ticks left on the clock, sealing a Cardinals loss. In 2010, the Cardinals faced the 49ers again, leading to Derek Anderson's now infamous "Nothing's funny to me" tirade, after he was seen laughing on the sidelines during a humiliating 24-9 blowout.

Arizona Cardinals News: Offensive Line Woes Continue As Cardinals Organization Fail To Commit To Improvement

on October 24 2012 7:06 AM
Arizona Cardinals News: Offensive Line Woes Continue As Cardinals Organization Fail To Commit To Improvement

The Arizona Cardinals have the worst offensive line in all of football. It's just that simple. There is not a single measurable category where their line do not rank at or near the bottom of the NFL table. Though they have had some success in certain limited phases of the game, looking at times improved during hurry-up drills and creating enough room for LaRod Stevens-Howling to have a career game against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, for example, it's hard to heap any praise on this unit.

Of course, it would be wrong to suggest that this line is in any way the one the Cardinals envisioned coming into the season, with both starting tackles, Levi Brown and Jeremy Bridges placed on injured reserve for the season early in training camp. But it would be just as wrong to suggest that their issues are not of their own making either.

The Cardinals seem to have a culture of complacency within the organization, when it comes to shoring up their offensive line.

Arizona Cardinals vs Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview

on October 19 2012 5:34 PM
Arizona Cardinals vs Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview

The Arizona Cardinals have yet another change at the QB position. The Vikings are trying to prove to the football world that they are legitimate playoff contenders.  Let's take a closer look at why I think Minnesota is being overvalued in Week 7 action.

Markets

What a difference a week makes?   In the offseason Cantor had this game -1.  Last week in the look-ahead line the Vikings were -4 favorites!  I'm sorry, but I think it's borderline silly to move this game all the way to the 7.  You'll need to shop around to get the full touchdown, but given the way this line has moved I won't be surprised to see it there across the board by kickoff (odds from SBRforum).

NFC Dominance

I came across an amazing stat from RJ Bell and Steve Fezzik this week.  They both reported different numbers, but NFC underdogs are apparently around 35-5 so far this season.  I'm not a big trends guy and I'm even less so for in-season trends, but there's some things you just can't ignore.  

Seattle Seahawks Smart to Stick With Russell Wilson at Quarterback

on October 14 2012 11:36 PM
Seattle Seahawks Smart to Stick With Russell Wilson at Quarterback

Once again, Russell Wilson has proven the doubters wrong.

Wilson continued his rapid maturation as Seattle’s starting quarterback, completing 16-of-27 passes for a career-high 293 yards and 3 touchdowns to rally the Seahawks to a 24-23 victory over the visiting New England Patriots.  Wilson was unflappable down the stretch, guiding the Seahawks on a pair of touchdown drives that featured passes of 51 and 46 yards, with the latter completion to Sidney Rice resulting in the winning score.

Sunday’s performance was a terrific follow-up to last week’s win at Carolina, when Wilson completed an impressive 19-of-25 passes for 221 yards to lead the Seahawks to a 16-10 victory.

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