The Red Birds are hoping to right the ship after a horrible showing last week against the Atlanta Falcons. A home opener against a mediocre team seems like just the antidote -- unless they lose, that is, then it's Time To Panic.
Here's what the Internet has to say about Sunday's matchup:
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Revenge Of The Birds | Will The Arizona Cardinals' Home Opener Be The Spark They Need?
Andrew602 - Beginning a season with a two-game road trip isn't an easy thing to do. For a team struggling to establish an identity on offense and defense, it becomes more difficult. Clearly the Cardinals experienced the difficulty, emerging with a 1-1 record. This week they'll open their home field against the fellow 1-1 Oakland Raiders, but how much does the home field advantage make a difference?
NFL.com | Gradkowski wrests Raiders' starting QB job from Campbell
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Five months after acquiring Jason Campbell to be their starting quarterback, the Oakland Raiders benched him in favor of Bruce Gradkowski, beginning with this week's game at Arizona. Raiders coach Tom Cable announced the switch after practice Wednesday, hoping the spark that Gradkowski provided in the second half of last weekend's 16-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams can carry over the rest of the season.
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS | Word of Muth: Cardinal Problems
Ben Muth - The Arizona Cardinals gave up a touchdown on the first drive of the game. Then they returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown only to have it called back for holding. The game actually got worse from there. No individual offensive lineman was as bad as the 41-7 final score would lead you to believe, but none of them were great and their breakdowns came at different times during the game.
The Arizona Republic | Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells increases workload
Kent Somers - Running back Beanie Wells practiced in shoulder pads and a helmet on Wednesday for the first time in weeks, an indication he might make his season debut Sunday against the Raiders.
The Arizona Republic | Arizona Cardinals' rookie receivers learn on the job
Kent Somers - "There are always bumps in the road you've got to overcome," said Williams, who played at Toledo. "They expect a lot from me, and I don't feel like a regular rookie."
AZCardinals.com | Changing Quarterbacks
Darren Urban - What Fitzgerald wasn’t surprised about was that the Eagles – or a handful of other teams around the league – have already been willing to swap out their quarterbacks just two weeks into the season. "This game is about winning," Fitzgerald said. "Whatever a coach feels is going to give his team the best chance to win, he’s going to do."
Scout.com | Penalties Hurting Arizona
The Sports Xchange - The Cardinals have been penalized 10 times in each of their first two games and are fortunate to have won one of them. "You know me and I don't like those things," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We're definitely going to have some discussions about those types of penalties.
TSN.CA STAFF - Maybe Stevie Baggs should have waited a week before signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. According to the National Post, Baggs received a call from the Arizona Cardinals on Monday asking if he wanted to return to the team that released him last week. Baggs signed with the Tiger-Cats last week and is slated to make his 2010 debut against his old team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.