Cardinals Beat Seahawks 20-16, Kevin Kolb Relieves Injured John Skelton Effectively

Kevin Kolb came in and relieved John Skelton and led Arizona to the game-winning score, and the Cardinals held off the Seahawks with a goal-line stand.

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Seahawks Vs. Cardinals 2012: Revenge Of The Birds Critical Of Run Game In Victory

The Arizona Cardinals opened the 2012-2013 regular season on a high note Sunday, pulling out a gritty 20-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in vintage cardiac Cardinal fashion.

Revenge of the Birds, SB Nation's always-entertaining Cardinals site, was obviously ecstatic with the win but still had some critical things to say about a run game that only churned out 23 yards on 15 carries. Here's an excerpt from Tyler Nickel's opinion from his critique of Arizona's ground attack:

"I'm not sure there was any aspect uglier for the Cardinals than the running game. When your leading rusher is a wide receiver that took an end around, your ground game has issues. Outside of that play by Andre Roberts, Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams and LaRod Stephens-Howling averaged 1.8 yards per carry. Eek. They are not going to win many ball games with that kind of performance."

This is a fair assessment considering how solid the rest of the division looked; The San Francisco 49ers were victorious over a very talented Green Bay squad and even the St. Louis Rams made things interesting in their loss with an improved defense that flustered Matthew Stafford into throwing three interceptions.

Still, it's difficult not to get caught up in the excitement surrounding the Cardinals' big win and particularly Kevin Kolb's precise play on that final, no-huddle drive (6-for-8, 66 yards and one touchdown).

For more information on Cardinals football and to join the conversation, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.


NFL Injury Report: Cardinals Could Be Without John Skleton For 4-6 Weeks

Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton went down with a right ankle injury Sunday and is now expected to miss somewhere between 4-6 weeks, according to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910.

Skelton had to be helped onto the cart after suffering the injury in the fourth quarter when Seattle's Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane collided with his leg.

Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter has already confirmed that Skelton's injury involved no breakage but it's still unclear what his exact timetable is. He was 14-of-29 for 149 yards and an interception before leaving the game.

With Skelton missing time, Kevin Kolb moves up to take the starting position with rookie Ryan Lindley operating as his backup. But if Kolb continues to put up the stats he did on the Cardinals game-winning touchdown drive (6-of-8, 66 yards, six-yard touchdown to Andre Roberts), Skelton might return to a team that's moved on from him.

Then again, with the way the Arizona quarterback carousel has been operating these past two seasons, I don't think it would surprise anyone if Skelton still gets another chance later on this year.

For more information on Cardinals football, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.


NFL Week 1 Seahawks Vs. Cardinals: Beanie Wells Listed As Questionable, Says He'll Play

Beanie Wells was a late addition to the injury report Friday with a questionable tag, but the Arizona Cardinals running back still expects to play through his hamstring injury, according to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers.

This injury comes at a terrible time, as Wells seemed to just be getting over a knee injury that plagued him throughout the preseason.

Wells appeared as questionable on the injury report twice last season with hamstring injuries, but still carried the ball 47 times for 198 yards and four touchdowns in those contests, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Regardless, with this news, fans can expect second-year running back Ryan Williams to receive a slight uptick in carries in his NFL regular season debut. Williams is coming off knee surgery himself but he appears to be the Cardinals' healthiest back for when they take on the Seattle Seahawks at home on Sunday.

For more information on Arizona Cardinals football, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.


Daryl Washington Signs Extension With Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals and linebacker Daryl Washington have agreed to a contract extension through 2017.


NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals Find Themselves Near The Bottom

The Arizona Cardinals are at No. 31 in the latest NFL power rankings from SB Nation's Joel Thorman. The Cardinals fell from their post-draft ranking, when they were at No. 26.

Thorman, like most around the NFL, is concerned about the quarterback situation in Arizona:

31. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 26): That quarterback battle made me feel a lot better about ranking them 31st.

With John Skelton finally named as the Cardinals starter, the team is hoping to move forward as they prepare to face the Seattle Seahawks in the season opener on Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Arizona finds themselves last among NFC West squads. The 49ers check in the highest at No. 8, while the Seattle Seahawks are next at No. 24. The Rams are just ahead of the Cards in 28th.

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Larry Fitzgerald Happy To See The Cardinals' QB Controversy End

The Arizona Cardinals have finally selected John Skelton as their starting QB ahead of the Week 1 opener against the Seattle Seahawks, and star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is relieved.

Fitzgerald spoke about the decision Monday, according to

"I'm just happy it's behind us and we don't have to answer that question every day," he said.

Fitz said that he respects head coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision and is ready to move forward with the season with Skelton at the helm.

"We're going to follow his lead and go into the trenches with him. We're going to fight it out," he said.

Skelton completed 55% of his passes for 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2011. The third-year player has just a 66.9 career QB rating. He led the Cardinals to an overtime win over the Seahawks in the final game of the regular season last year, going 22-40 for 271 yards and a touchdown.

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NFL Week 1: Arizona Cardinals Agree To Terms With Pat McQuistan, According To Report

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with offensive tackle Pat McQuistan, according to a report.

Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Phoenix tweeted the news Monday morning:

#Cards have agreed 2 terms w/ Pat McQuistan 6'6 311 who cn play 4 difft positions. (Dallas, Miami, NO & Dallas) needed depth & versatility.

The Cardinals' courtship with McQuistan came up quickly as result of injury problems across their offensive tackles. Two tackles were recently placed on the injured reserve: Levi Brown will miss the season with a torn triceps, and Jeremy Bridges with a torn thumb ligament. Bridges announced the move on his Twitter account Sunday night.

McQuistan is a seven-year NFL veteran whom the Dallas Cowboys drafted in the seventh round out of Weber State in 2006. He played for the Dolphins in 2010 and the Saints in 2011, and he initially re-signed with the Cowboys for the 2012 season. He was cut and moved to the Cowboys' practice squad on Thursday.

The Cardinals open their season at home Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

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John Skelton Reacts To Being Named Cardinals Starting Quarterback

John Skelton reacts to his selection as Cardinals starting quarterback


Arizona Cardinals Select John Skelton As Starting Quarterback

Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt finally announces John Skelton as starting quarterback.

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