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Arizona Cardinals Fall to San Diego Chargers in Preseason Finale; Jonathan Cooper Plays

August 29th, 2014 at 7:49 AM
By Steve Smith

In a battle of field goals, the Arizona Cardinals came up a little short last night.

Nick Novak booted four field goals to lift the San Diego Chargers over the Red Birds, 12-9 in the preseason finale at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. It was a ho-hum affair in which Arizona had a grand total of four first downs and 98 total yards.

Yikes.

The Cardinals finished the preseason at 1-3.

Rookie Chandler Catanzaro, who beat out veteran Jay Feely for the kicker position, kicked three field goals (from 42, 38 and 35 yards) for Arizona but it was not enough.

Ironically, these two squads will face each other again in their next game – the regualr season opener in Glendale on Monday Night Football on Sept. 8.

In a battle of backups, rookie quarterback Logan Thomas played the entire game and looked shaky at best. The Virginia Tech product completed just nine of 21 passes for 73 yards. His QB rating was 32.4 for the night.

Rookie tight end Troy Niklas had two receptions for 32 yards for the Red Birds.

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Arizona Cardinals Wrap up Preseason Tonight Against San Diego Chargers

August 28th, 2014 at 6:16 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals wrap up their preseason schedule tonight when they face the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The Red Birds are 1-2 in preseason play. The starters are expected to rest tonight and rookie quarterback Logan Thomas (pictured above) is expected to play the entire game.

Will this game mark the preseason debut of safety Tyrann Mathieu? Head coach Bruce Arians has stated that Mathieu must play in this contest if he expects to compete in the season opener on Sept. 8.

Ironically, the Cardinals face the Chargers in Glendale in the season opener.

**Meet the kicker for the Red Birds this season – rookie Chandler Catanzaro from the University of Clemson. Catanzaro beat out veteran Jay Feely to win the coveted kicker's post in what should be a high-scoring Arizona offense.

Catanzaro booted four of four field goals this preseason and displayed strong length and power on kickoffs. That seemed to be the deciding factor in the competition. He was not known for displaying a powerful leg on kickoffs for the Tigers.

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NFL Prediction: Arizona Cardinals Will Finish 10-6 in 2014

August 27th, 2014 at 6:20 AM
By Steve Smith

The opening game of the 2014 NFL season for the Arizona Cardinals is just around the corner. The Red Birds will host the San Diego Chargers on Mon., Sept. 8 on Monday Night Football at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Arizona went 10-6 last season and should have a similar outcome in 2014.

Let's take a revised look at some game-by-game predictions for the upcoming season:

Cardinals Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)

Week 1: Monday, Sept. 8, San Diego, 10:20 p.m. Win

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, at NY Giants, 1 p.m. Loss

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Win

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Loss

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, Washington, 4:25 p.m. Win

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Win

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m. Win

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, at Dallas, 1 p.m. Loss

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. Win

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16, Detroit, 4:25 p.m. Win

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Loss

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Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Catanzaro Wins Kicker Competition

August 26th, 2014 at 5:10 AM
By Steve Smith

We have a decision – rookie Chandler Catanzaro has won the Arizona Cardinals kicker competition over Jay Feely.

The 38-year-old Feely was one of 12 players cut by the Red Birds yesterday. We'll see if he can land with another NFL team.

Catanzaro made all four of his field goal attempts during the preseason. The University of Clemson product also displayed excellent power and distance on kickoffs as well.

Feely made 1-of-2 field goal attempts, missing a 48-yarder against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Elsewhere, quarterback Ryan Lindley was also released, to no one's surprise. That means rookie Logan Thomas will be the third-string quarterback on the roster behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.

Veteran tackle Max Starks was also let go. Starks was hampered by an ankle injury and fell behind Bradley Sowell on the depth chart the last few weeks.

The ten other players that were cut yesterday were:

LB Keenan Clayton

– LB JoJo Dickson

– C Tom Draheim

– WR Reggie Dunn

– LB Derrell Johnson

– S Orhian Johnson

– WR Kevin Ozier

– DT Justin Renfrow

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Observations from Arizona Cardinals’ 19-13 Preseason Loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

August 25th, 2014 at 7:01 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals dropped their preseason record to 1-2 last night with a 19-13 setback to the Cincinnati Bengals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The game was featured on Sunday Night Football on NBC-TV.

Here are some observations:

**The starters on both teams played the first half with Cincinnati owning a 13-3 lead at halftime. Arizona's offensive line looks much better than last year but quarterback Carson Palmer had accuracy issues.

The veteran signal-caller completed just seven of 19 for 92 yards and an interception that was returned 54 yards for a touchdown by Terence Newman. Palmer tried to find Larry Fitzgerald (three receptions for 71 yards) but it appeared Palmer thought Fitzgerald was going to cut inside on his route but Fitzgerald stayed to the outside.

He also missed a wide open Michael Floyd on a post pattern in the first quarter.

The first team offense looked out of synch. In fact, they looked like the early 2013 Cardinals version last night.

''We had a number of things that were just off,'' Palmer told yahoosports.com, ''from overthrows to missed opportunities, some funky things that happened on a couple of routes and some drops.''

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