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The Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzergerald wins the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award. But what's odd about that?
Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap has struggled with a hamstring injury all season, appearing in only five of the team's first nine games. Heap sat out of Sunday's 21-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles but the 31-year-old tight end hopes to return on Sunday against the 49ers, according to Heap during an interview on Arizona Sports 620.
In Heaps' words: "For me it's a day-to-day thing. It's been that way for a while now, I've had days that have set me back, that's what kind of happened last week so it's hard to say at this point...I'd love to be out there especially in a division game (against the 49ers this weekend)."
Heap has recorded only 13 receptions for 150 yards in his five games, but his return in the coming week could prove crucial for a second-half Cardinal resurgence. The Cardinals have won two straight games for the first time this year and could make it three straight in a big way if they can best the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers on the road this weekend.
Barring more trouble with his hamstring, Heap could be on the field for the first time since Week Four on Sunday.
The Arizona Cardinals finished Sunday's win over the Philadelphia Eagles practically unscathed on the injury front, though coach Ken Whisenhunt still had injury questions to answer about injured starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb.
The update is - there isn't one.
"There is really nothing to discuss right now," Whisenhunt said.
Kolb is still out with a toe injury and Whisenhunt won't come to any conclusions about his future quarterback situation until Kolb is able to prove that the spot is still his.
"But where we are right now, it doesn't matter, until we get Kevin back out there and practicing," Whisenhunt said.
Current starter John Skelton has made things interesting by winning his past two starts. But the old adage is ‘you don't lose your starting spot due to an injury'. Kolb wasn't playing great prior to his injury, which puts Whisenhunt in an even more precarious position.
The Arizona Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in a game that featured a poor performance from Michael Vick. Monday morning Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced that Vick played the entire game with two broken ribs. Vick was visibly inaccurate with his passes and finished the game completing just 16-34 (47%) which is well below his 60 percent completion rate for the season.
According to Reid, Vick broke two lower ribs on the second offensive play of the game. The replay shows that play was a 2nd and 2 with Vick lined up in the shotgun. The Cardinals blitzed inside linebacker Daryl Washington off the left side of the line.
Washington was completely unblocked and hit Vick with his shoulder in the mid-section just as the ball was released. The pass was completed to TE Brent Celek for a 13-yard gain. The replay didn't show any issue at the time. Vick got up from the hit and ran the next play with no indication he was hurt.
According to Reid, Vick didn't know the injury was as bad as it was and he didn't inform the team of any issues. It's impossible to say how much the injury impacted Vick's performance in the game.
In the fourth quarter of the game at about the seven minute mark, Vick was knocked out of the game after getting hit in the mid-section on a run by ILB Paris Lenon. Vick was replaced for on play by Vince Young and it was reported at the time that Vick had the wind knocked out of him. He finished the game.
The Arizona Cardinals managed to score a huge upset win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, thanks to some surprising performances. Let's take a look at some of the numbers from Arizona's thrilling, come-from-behind victory.
Besides snaring the most exciting and crucial catch of the season for the Cardinals, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a huge game. He finished the game with 146 yards on seven catches, with a long of 42 and two touchdowns.
The other offensive star for Arizona was quarterback John Skelton, who started his fourth game of the season. Regular starting quarterback Kevin Kolb was out for the game due to turf toe. Skelton was more than up to the task on Sunday, as he finished the game 21-for-40 with 315 passing yards, 15 rushing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Two of the TD passes were to Fitzgerald. The third was a five yard pass to Early Doucet with less than 2:00 left in the game to put the Cardinals on top for good.
Despite nagging injuries that have been bothering him for weeks, running back Beanie Wells managed to lead Arizona rushers with 62 yards on 23 carries. On the defensive side, both Daryl Washington and Paris Lenon picked up sacks on Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick.
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The Arizona Cardinals pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season with a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Although quarterback John Skelton racked up some big yardage in the game, his favorite target for the day was wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald finished the game with 146 yards on seven catches, with a pair of touchdowns.
Fitzgerald was able to have his big day thanks to an Eagles defense that was relying on injury replacements and largely played single coverage against him.
If you weren't able to see Fitzgerald's two touchdown catches, we've got the video for you below. As you'll see, the coverage on the first touchdown was almost nonexistent, and he was able to skip straight up the middle and into the end zone with ease. The second TD was a bit of a fluke catch, with a lucky tip ending up in Arizona's favor.
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The Arizona Cardinals did something Sunday in Week 10 of the NFL season that we've not seen in a long time, they won a game on the road. Sure, they made numerous mistakes that should have cost them the victory but they came back, overcame and got their first road win in 11 tries.
Despite two John Skelton interceptions that led to 10 points and despite two missed field goals from Jay Feely that cost six easy points, the Cardinals were able to put together that big drive and get that big play that's eluded them all season long. They leave Philadelphia with a 21-17 win and improve to 3-6 on the season, the same record as the "Dream Team" Eagles now have.
The game came down to the fourth quarter, a period that has not been kind to either of these teams. The Cardinals had chances to win games four times this season in the fourth quarter and failed. The Eagles have now blown five fourth-quarter leads on the season.
Something had to give and this Sunday, it was John Skelton giving Larry Fitzgerald his best game of the season and a game-winning play.
It started about about the eight-minute mark when Skelton threw the ball between two open receivers and into the waiting hands of defender Nnamdi Asomugha. It was his second pick of the game with the first going for a touchdown in the first half.
After the pick, the Cardinals defense, which has looked a lot better over the last two weeks, held the Eagles to four plays or fewer for the eighth time in the game. But starting from the 26-yard line they were already in range of a go-ahead field goal.
Arizona got the ball back down 17-14 with about five minutes on the clock and for the first time all season put together the winning drive they needed.
It was a 37-yard bomb to Fitzgerald that moved the Cardinals to first and goal but before that Skelton completed an 11-yard pass to Fitz, a 17-yard pass to Chester Taylor, and got a huge 30-yard gain on a wheel play to LaRod Stephens-Howling on fourth and two.
The winning drive was capped off with a third down touchdown pass to Early Doucet which put the Cardinals on top for good. The defense capped off the game by forcing Michael Vick into a 3rd and 20 and intercepted a Hail Mary to put the win to bed.
It was fitting that the defense got the final stop after putting together their best game of the season.
The Eagles were only able to generate one long scoring drive in the game and finished with just 3-of-15 third downs converted. The defense held Vick in check on the ground (79 yards on eight carries) which is a lot of yards but they came in smallish chunks and weren't damaging. Through the air Vick had 128 yards on 16-34 with two interceptions and another two reversed by the officials.
John Skelton at times looked shaky with his accuracy and both interceptions were poorly thrown balls. But as we've seen from him, Skelton showed great poise in the pocket and proved to be resilient and unflappable. He's now 2-0 on the season and 4-2 as a starter for the Cardinals in his career. He finished with 315 yards on 21-40 passing and three touchdowns to go with the two INTs.
It was enough to win but only thanks to a big game from the defense.
Beanie Wells was fairly well contained, 62 yards on 23 carries, but his ability to at least keep the defense honest was important. It was also good to see the Cardinals going to him even when the yards weren't there.
Larry Fitzgerald had 146 yards on seven catches and two touchdowns. It was his biggest game of the season as Skelton was able to find him for several big plays. Twice Fitzgerald was able to make great catches on tipped balls and the final long bomb catch was a thing of beauty.
It wasn't a pretty win, but a team that came in a 14-point underdog with a horrible road history will take it. Next up is another road game against the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers.
The Arizona Cardinals were a 14-point underdog headed into this NFL Week 10 game in Philadelphia. But as they've done on several occasions this season, the Cardinals showed that they are not a completely miserable team. The defense played well against the Eagles and the offense showed signs of life. But as has also been the case all season, self-inflicted mistakes continue to plague Ken Whisenhunt's team and they find themselves down 14-7 after the first half. The score easily could be 13-7 Cardinals without three blown plays.
The Cardinals Jay Feely missed two field goal attempts (35 yds, 43 yds) and John Skelton threw a pick-six. Those three mistakes cost the Cardinals a 13-point swing in game they trail by seven. Arizona also had an Adrian Wilson inception on the Eagles scoring drive reversed by a holding call on Richard Marshall.
Arizona put together an impressive touchdown drive in the second quarter going 84 yards on 10 plays. John Skelton made a great play to find Larry Fitzgerald for a 10-yard scoring play.
The Cardinals defense, which had been solid all half, gave up their longest drive of the game as the Eagles went to the screen play to fuel a 70 yard, 10 play touchdown drive to answer.
Skelton is 8-18 with 111 yards and one touchdown and one interception in the first half. Michael Vick is 9-18 for 75 yards. Beanie Wells found a little more room to run in the second quarter and has 35 yards on 15 carries while LeSean McCoy has 34 yards on eight tries.
Here's video of the Fitzgerald touchdown play.
The Arizona Cardinals got off to a good start on both sides of the ball. They got stops on the Philadelphia Eagles first three drives. Offensively, they moved the ball 45 yards on eight plays before Jay Feely missed a 35-yard field goal on an early drive. Later in the first quarter, after John Skelton put together a 49-yard drive, Feely missed a second field goal, this time from 43 yards. Instead of being up 6-0, the Cardinals are tied with the Eagles with no score after the first 15 minutes of play.
The energy on defense looked good for Arizona and offensively the Cardinals got a mix of rush and pass with Beanie Wells going only five yards but he did get eight carriers which should pay off later in the game. John Skelton, making his second start of the season in place of an injured Kevin Kolb, threw for 69 yards on 4-9 including a 42 completion to Larry Fitzgerald.
The Eagles dynamic quarterback, Michael Vick, has been well-contained by the defense and has missed several open receivers. He's only thrown for 21 yards on 3-9 and has nine yard rushing. LeSean McCoy has 26 yards on four carries.
The Cardinals have played well but are going to regret the two missed scoring opportunities.
The Arizona Cardinals will officially be without starting quarterback Kevin Kolb for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. That's really no surprise given his inability to practice at all this week. It will be the second missed game for Kolb who injured his toe and foot in Baltimore and hasn't played or practiced since. John Skelton will start.
More surprising for the Cardinals is TE Todd Heap. Heap was reportedly "very close" when he was sidelined against the Ravens with a hamstring issue. He then suited up against the Rams last Sunday but was very limited and hardly played at all. This week he was supposed to be much better but apparently suffered a setback and will miss another game this week.
The Cardinals are also again without rookie TE Rob Housler (groin). Housler also missed the Rams game. Without Housler and Heap the Cardinals are missing their two best pass-catching tight ends. Jeff Kind and Jim Dray will play.
The only good news on the injury front is the return of FB Anthony Sherman (ankle).
The Vegas odds-makers were stifled all week in setting the line for the Arizona Cardinals at the Philadelphia Eagles. The hold up was Kevin Kolb's toe injury. Like the rest of us, they were waiting to see if Kolb practiced during the week and to see where his final status for the game ended up.
On Friday, we learned that Kolb didn't practice despite repeated declarations of improvement from both himself and coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt officially listed his starting quarterback as "Questionable" for the game but said that a final decision wouldn't be made until Sunday morning.
Vegas obviously couldn't wait for that so they took all the signs which point towards a second start for backup John Skelton and made the Cardinals a 14-point road dog. That seems about right considering the 2-6 Arizona record with both wins only coming thanks to the punt return prowess of Patrick Peterson.
The Eagles (3-5) haven't exactly been tearing up the NFL either and are coming off a Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears. Word on Sunday morning also came out that they will be without deep threat DeSean Jackson. Jackson overslept and missed a team meeting on Saturday so his coach gave him some extra rest time on Sunday.
All things considered, 14 points seems a bit high. The Cardinals have been competitive in almost every game except one and the Eagles have their own issues. We'll pick the Cardinals to lose but cover the spread. You pick however you want.
The Arizona Cardinals need any help they can get to have a chance at staying competitive with the Philadelphia Eagles. They got some good news Sunday morning with word coming from Philly that Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been suspended for the game because he missed a team meeting on Saturday.
Multiple reports indicate that Jackson overslept and missed the entire meeting. The Cardinals kicker and Twitter personality Jay Feely wasted no time getting a joke in:
Twitter / @jayfeely: Headed to Philly. I want t ...
Headed to Philly. I want to thank Kramer for letting Desean Jackson sleep at his place Friday night
In case you missed it, Feely was referencing an episode of the TV show Seinfeld where Kramer creates similar issues as Jackson -- "I guess I hit the snooze."
Jackson is third on the Eagles in receptions (29) but is their best deep threat with an average of 17.3 yards per catch. Fantasy football owners at least have time to reset their lineups...if they are alert this Sunday morning.
The Arizona Cardinals travel east to face the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend in a game that reunites two-offseason trade partners (Kevin Kolb was traded to the Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round pick). Kolb could miss this game in his first return to Philly since the trade with a turf toe injury, and if he does John Skelton will start in his place.
The Cardinals recorded a much-needed 19-13 victory last week in overtime against the St. Louis Rams on a 99-yard punt return by Patrick Petterson. Arizona can build on that momentum this week against a struggling Eagles squad that lost 30-23 at home to the Chicago Bears last week.
Following is pertinent game information for Sunday's contest:
Game Date/Time: Saturday, November 13; 11:00 a.m. MT
Location: Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, PA
Records: Cardinals (2-6); Eagles (3-5)
TV: FOX. Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play); John Lynch (analyst); Jennifer Hale (sideline).
Radio: Arizona Sports 620 AM. Announcers: Dave Pasch (play-by-play); Ron Wolfley (color analyst); Paul Calvisi (sideline reporter)
Spanish Radio: KMIA 720. Announcers: Gabriel Trujillo (play-by-play); Roland Cantu (analyst)
Betting Line: According to OddsShark, the Cardinals are 14 to 15.5-point underdogs.
The Cardinals are facing off against a very good team in Philadelphia this weekend but the Eagles will be without a few key players as safety Nate Allen and guard Evan Mathis, both starters, have been declared out for this weekend's game.
Allen is suffering from a concussion and Mathis has been battling a turf toe injury. Both had been playing well for the Eagles and in their absence we'll probably see rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett for Allen and King Dunlap, a former tackle, for Mathis.
Out: S Nate Allen (concussion), G Evan Mathis (toe).
Questionable: DE Juqua Parker (ankle).
Arizona Cardinals rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson is quickly becoming a star. He spent pretty much the entire week on Sports Center every hour thanks to his walk-off punt return touchdown against the Rams. It was the third of the season for young Patrick and by far his best.
While the punt returns have caught the public eye, it remains to be seen if the league's officials have yet to see enough of Peterson to give him the benefit of the doubt that other veteran cornerbacks seem to get. At least that's the feeling of Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton who doesn't want Peterson to change anything about the way he's playing the game despite a high number of penalties he's been called for.
"Hopefully the league will look and he gets the same amount of respect, eventually, as the guy in New York, as the guy in Philadelphia and they just don't call those type things," Horton said.
"It's kind of like 'Jordan Rule'. You start to understand that this kid is good and he's going to be on a guy because he's so good and tight coverage and he's just there all the time. They are probably not used to a young guy like that."
Not that this is a surprise, but what makes the Eagles so dangerous according to Horton is their speed at all the skill positions on offense. The defensive key is to stop the Eagles from making big plays.
"(Michael Vick) has this rare speed, unless you've played this guy you see it on film and think, 'I can get there' -- you don't. He's a challenge. You just understand he's going to get out every once in a while," Horton said.
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The Arizona Cardinals won't say is quarterback Kevin Kolb will play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. As has been the case all week, all we heard on Friday was more about the progress Kolb has made in rehabing the foot injury. His status to play will officially be listed as "questionable" and he was called a game-time decision by coach Ken Whisenhunt.
While Kolb might have been able to more Friday than Thursday, he still didn't practice with the team which is indication that he likely won't play. He's not practiced in over two weeks.
"He's a lot better. He's got a lot more range of motion in that foot. He really pushed it hard yesterday and it did well today so that's a great sign," coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Friday before the team left for the airport.
He'll be evaluated Sunday morning to see how he's able to move and push off with the foot.
Other injury updates
TE Todd Heap is still working to get back from his hamstring injury. His status and how much he's used will depend on how he warms up on Sunday in Philadelphia.
RB Beanie Wells did a lot more in practice this week and feels better. Whisenhunt said, "You don't want to jinx it...but you're hopeful that he's over the hump with that (knee injury)."
FB Anthony Sherman (ankle) made a lot of progress this week as well. He has a "great chance" of being able to go on Sunday.
When the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles face one another on Sunday, it will be the first time since Arizona clinched the NFC championship in 2009 and sent themselves to the Super Bowl. However, this time, the teams' situations are much different and so is the personnel.
Back then it was for a Super Bowl berth. This time the Cardinals are 2-6 and the Eagles are 3-5.
As the two teams face off on Sunday, there are some matchups that will make a difference in this game.
The Philadelphia wide receiving corp is so very fast between Jackson and teammate Jeremy Maclin. Peterson will likely be the matchup against Jackson because of his speed and ability to make big plays down the field. Peterson's coverage has gotten better and better each week and he is quickly developing into potentially an elite cover corner.
Michael Vick vs. Ray Horton
The task of keeping Vick contained is a tall one. The Cardinals have done it before. It was 2004 and Clancy Pendergast who schemed the defense to hold him to 10 rushing yards. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton will have his hands full calling a game that will put his defensive players in place to make plays and keep Vick from disrupting the entire defense.
McCoy has quickly become one of the league's top running backs. Daryl Washington has been making plays all over the field for the Cardinals. He has been making plays in the backfield against the run. Washington's speed and instincts will need to be utilized to keep the Eagles from running the ball effectively and the Cardinals offense off the field.
The cover skills that the Eagles CBs have is undeniable. However, neither Samuels nor DRC like to make tackles. This year they have not been a dominating factor. Can the Arizona receivers find space and can the QB (Kolb or Skelton) deliver the ball on time and in the right spot?
Arizona Cardinals vs. injuries
All teams have to deal with injuries, but Arizona has suffered injuries at key positions. Starting cornerback Greg Toler and second-round draft pick RB Ryan Williams are out for the year with knee injuries. Starting QB Kevin Kolb is recovering from turf toe. Starting TE Todd Heap is recovering from a hamstring injury. Starting FS Kerry Rhodes has a broken foot. Starting RB Beanie Wells has a bum knee. It seems that if you are a starter for the Cardinals, you are bound to spend time on the sideline having gotten hurt.
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As the Arizona Cardinals get ready to take on the Philadelphia Eagles back East this Sunday, quarterback Kevin Kolb talked to the media at Cardinals practice on Thursday to discuss the status of his turf toe injury and the possibility of him playing this Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love.
Kolb undoubtedly would like to lace 'em up to take on his former squad, noting that his pain-tolerance may be higher than usual do to who the competition is. And seeing that no one really knows what a 'drastic improvement' means, the situation is still very fluid and will likely change day-to-day; though Adam Schefter's tweet earlier today leads me to believe that Kolb is a no-go regardless.
Some feel that John Skelton will do fine against the Eagles, and that Kolb won't even be needed. But If Kolb can suit up, even as the backup to Skelton, that could be a huge plus for Coach Whisenhunt and the rest of his squad.
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Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves said on Thursday that the team will be opening up contract discussions in the near future with a couple of current players, and Campbell is most certainly one of them.
Campbell is in the last year of his rookie contract and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent, so the time is now if the Cardinals want to retain their leading sack getter over the past three seasons for the long haul. Figuring out what he's worth to the team may be a bit tricky, though Kent Somers suggests that a contract similar to that of Falcons DE Ray Edwards could work nicely as a template; Edwards is set to earn $30 million over the next five years, including around $11 million guaranteed.
The 25 year-old Campbell will likely get a big pay raise, but not at the level as someone like Darnell Dockett who is already on his third NFL contract. This will be Campbell's second. Campbell was a second round draft choice in 2008, and is in his third year as a starter with Arizona.
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The news about the most important toe in Arizona is mixed on Wednesday. Kevin Kolb didn't practice but did do some drills and individual work. He again reported progress but wouldn't say either way if he'll be able to play Sunday for the Cardinals when the team travels to Philadelphia to face the Eagles.
"I don't know yet," Kolb said when asked about his status for the game. "I said before, we'll take it day by day and today was a step in the right direction for sure."
The main thing for Kolb continues to be mobility and ability to generate force on his throws.
Kolb obviously wants to face his former team and definitely is doing everything he can to be ready.
"It would mean a lot (to play against the Eagles). Anybody can say they don't circle it on their calendar, but you do," Kolb said.
He said he has no idea how the typically hostile Philadelphia fans would respond to seeing him in a Cardinals jersey.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt implied that he wants to see Kolb practice this week if he's going to play. With only Thursday and Friday left, we'll have to wait and see what happens. Kolb said he would decide tomorrow morning about that based on how the injury responds to work he did today.
Other injury updates
Whisenhunt said that Safety Kerry Rhodes was still at least several weeks away. Rhodes broke a bone in his foot and had surgery about a month ago. TE Todd Heap (hamstring) played a little bit last Sunday and should be cleared for a larger role this week. Rookie TE Todd Housler sounds like he will miss another week although nothing is official on that.
In retrospect, this really isn't a surprise. After his game-winning, walk-off punt return for a touchdown Patrick Peterson was a lock for the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award. We seriously doubt it will be his last.
From the announcement:
Peterson returned a punt in overtime 99 yards for the game winning score, becoming the first player in NFL history with three punt return TDs in his first eight career games. It is the second-longest punt return in NFL history, trailing only the L.A. Rams Robert Bailey's 103-yard TD return vs. New Orleans on 10/23/94 and it also tied for the longest overtime play in NFL history, matching the 99-yard pass from Philadelphia's Ron Jaworski to Mike Quick on 11/10/85 vs. Atlanta.
After just eight career games, Peterson's three punt return TDs tied the franchise career mark (Ollie Matson and Vai Sikahema). He also became the first player in franchise history to return three punts for TDs in a single season. Combined with his 82-yard punt return for a TD in week eight at Baltimore, Peterson also became the first player in franchise history to return a punt for a TD in back-to-back games.
Still living in the spotlight of his 99-yard game-winning punt return on last Sunday to give the Cardinals a 19-13 overtime win over the Rams, rookie Patrick Peterson has now been nominated for the Pepsi "NFL Rookie of the Week" as well as the GMC "Never Say Never Moment of the Week."
Fans can vote for Peterson on NFL.com for both awards and the winner of both will be announced on Friday.
Peterson's punt return was the second-longest punt return and tied him for the longest overtime play in NFL history. It also made him the first player in NFL history with three punt return touchdowns in the first eight games of his career.
Peterson already has an 89-yard go-ahead touchdown from Week 1 in his highlight reel and is already showing himself to be an asset to both the defense and on special teams. He is one of the lone bright spots on a struggling Cardinals team.
Peterson also had an interception and three tackles in the win.
The Arizona Cardinals will try and leverage their "big" win over the Rams to build confidence heading into Philadelphia to face the Eagles in Week 10.