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NFL Game Preview: Arizona Cardinals (9-1) at Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

November 22nd, 2014 at 6:56 AM
By Steve Smith

Now comes the fun part of the 2014 NFL season – the home stretch. What better place to start than in the home of the Super Bowl champions where the Seattle Seahawks will face the high-flying Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon.

As important as this game is for the Red Birds, it's a must win scenario for Seattle. A loss would drop the Seahawks four games behind Arizona in the NFC West and severely damage their wild card hopes as well.

The Cards flew into Seattle and beat the Seahawks, 17-10, last season but that was with Carson Palmer at quarterback. This is Drew Stanton's contingent now and the eight-year veteran has led his team to a 3-1 record as a starter but may be without Larry Fitzgerald (knee) for this contest. The eight-time Pro Bowler has a Grade 2 MCL sprain and will be a game-time decision.

Michael Floyd came back to life last week against Detroit with a pair of TD receptions but he'll be facing a Seattle defensive corps that has allowed just three touchdown passes and an average of 189 yards through the air in their last four games.

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Arizona Cardinals Off to Their Best Start Since the 1948 NFL Season

November 21st, 2014 at 5:12 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals are flying high with a 9-1 record, the best record in the NFL. That is the team's best start since the 1948 NFL season, when the team was based in Chicago.

That 1948 Cardinals squad was coached by Jimmy Conzelman and finished with a stellar 11-1 record. However, the Red Birds dropped a 7-0 decision to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

The interesting thing about that Cardinals' 1948 contingent was the fact that the Red Birds scored 395 points that season (32.9 points per game), the most in the NFL, and the second most all-time in a 12-game season. Not only that, but they also led the NFL in offensive yards, yards per play, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. Their plus-169 point-differential remains the best in franchise history.

So what was life like way back in 1948? Harry S. Truman (pictured here) was President of the United States and the NBA was just in its third year of existence. The new medium of television was just starting to take hold and The Texaco Star Theater starring Milton Berle was the biggest hit on this new machine.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald Misses Practice with a Sore Left Knee

November 20th, 2014 at 5:01 AM
By Steve Smith

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed practice yesterday with a sore left knee.

The eight-time Pro Bowler sprained his MCL when he was hit in the second quarter of Arizona's 14-6 victory over the Detroit Lions last Sunday. He had his knee wrapped, and continued to play while wearing a brace in the second half of that contest. Fitzgerald hopes to play this Sunday in a key NFC West tussle with the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.

The University of Pittsburgh product was in sweatpants during the portion of practice that was open to the media yesterday.

“It is a little bit iffy because he's a little bit sorer than I thought he would be, which we knew he would be,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said via espn.com. “Hopefully it will loosen up as the week goes on.”

Fitzgerald hasn’t missed a game since the 2007 season. He leads the Red Birds with 46 receptions and 658 yards. He also has a pair of touchdowns to his credit.

In other injury news, halfback Andre Ellington, who leads the Cards with 624 rushing yards, was limited in practice with his foot injury. Ellington usually had Wednesdays off prior to the injury.

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Arizona Cardinals Face Killer Schedule the Rest of the Way

November 19th, 2014 at 4:54 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals have climbed to the top of the mountain in the National Football League with a league-best 9-1 record. Its certainly has not been an easy climb, though, and it's about to get more difficult.

Four of Arizona's final six games are on the road, starting with a trip to Seattle this Sunday for a battle with the 6-4 Seahawks. The Red Birds were the only team to defeat the Seahawks at Century Link Field in Seattle's run to a Super Bowl title last year.

In addition to that, the Cards will make trips to Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Francisco to complement a pair of home contests with a dangerous Kansas City Chiefs contingent and a rematch with Seattle.

In a word – brutal.

No one ever said it was going to be easy. Then again nothing has been easy for the Cardinals this season, despite their superb 9-1 mark.

"Hard as hell," head coach Bruce Arians said via azcentral.com, referring to his team's remaining schedule. "Everybody's in it. Atlanta's either tied for first now or a game out with their record. The Rams are still technically in it. Kansas City's in first place. So everybody we play right now is do or die. It's extremely difficult."

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Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald Has a Sprained MCL

November 18th, 2014 at 5:15 AM
By Steve Smith

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has a sprained left MCL ligament, which was suffered in Sunday's 14-6 triumph over the Detroit Lions.

It's a Grade 2 sprain, but the eight-time Pro Bowler expects to play in this Sunday's NFC West battle in Seattle against the Seahawks.

The University of Pittsburgh product suffered the injury trying to make a catch in the second quarter against the Lions. Fitzgerald left the field to be examined, but played the entire second half with a brace. He finished the contest with two receptions for 33 yards.

The 31-year-old Fitzgerald has suffered a similar injury before, most recently just before the 2014 NFL season started. He missed some practice time and wore a brace during workouts with an athletic trainer.

Fitzgerald has not missed a game since the 2007 season.

"Larry came back after he got dinged up and made that huge third-down catch to ice the game," general manager Steve Keim told KTAR-FM yesterday, via ESPN.com. "We'll find a little bit more out this morning."

He is currently listed as day-to-day.

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