The Cardinals made a roster move Saturday, promoting defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin from the practice squad. It probably is helpful since DE Ronald Talley has been gimpy with a bad ankle and NT Dan Williams is hurting with a bad hamstring. but it also is likely a reward for working so hard this season. At this time of year, those things happen. To make room on the roster, the Cards cut offensive lineman Mike Gibson. Here had just signed earlier this week.
The Cardinals also plan to open the roof for Sunday’s game against Detroit, so dress accordingly.
Tags: Mike Gibson, Ricky Lumpkin, roof
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The Cardinals will have a change in the starting offensive line for the first time this season, with right guard Adam Snyder sitting out with his quad injury, sending Rich Orhnberger into the lineup against the 49ers on “Monday Night Football.” Ohrnberger did a decent job in relief of Snyder in Minnesota after Snyder got hurt.
Tight end Todd Heap (knee) also remains sidelined for a sixth straight game.
The rest of the inactive list for the Cardinals is:
– QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)
– CB Greg Toler (hamstring)
– WR LaRon Byrd
– LB Jamaal Westerman
– G Senio Kelemete
And in case you missed it, the roof will be open tonight as well at University of Phoenix Stadium, the first time this season.
Tags: 49ers, Adam Snyder, Greg Toler, inactives, Jamaal Westerman, Kevin Kolb, LaRon Byrd, roof, Senio Kelemete, Todd Heap
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The Cardinals are winners of four of their last five. Of course.
But those four wins test the heart. A 99-yard punt return in overtime by P-Twice. A touchdown drive with less than two minutes left in Philly. Running out the clock with a couple of third-down conversions in St. Louis. And, of course, The Hyphen comes alive in overtime last week.
At least the Cards are coming out ahead. Two teams have had a league-high nine games this season decided by seven points or fewer: The Denver Tebows, and your Arizona Cardinals. Of course, for a while, that just stung. Head back to the six-game losing streak (I know, picking at a scab here). There was a one-point loss in Washington, a three-point loss in Seattle, a four-point loss to the Giants and a three-point loss in Baltimore.
The Cards are 5-4 in those games decided by a touchdown or less. “It’d be nice to blow somebody out,” LaRod Stephens-Howling said this week, and that’s true. But it probably won’t be how these last four games play out.
– Niners linebacker Patrick Willis did not practice again Friday and he has not practiced all week with the bad hamstring. He’s questionable, I think we all know guys who have been listed questionable after sitting out all week and it is very, very difficult to find scenarios when they have played. I expect Willis to sit. The 49ers have greater aspirations than just this game, even if they like beating the Cards.
– The Niners have other defensive talent though. Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike Miller, talking about San Francisco’s “other” linebacker, NaVorro Bowman compared to Willis: “Watch them on film, they almost look like the same player.”
– There has been a lot of talk this season about defensive coordinator Ray Horton and only having a percentage of the defensive playbook in. What about the offensive playbook, especially considering that quarterback Kevin Kolb arrived without an offseason?
“For the most part, our plan is our plan, and the system is what it is,” Miller said. “It takes time. You’d like for anyone, a quarterback or a running back or whoever, to line up and play right away, but it takes time. But we have everything operating. It’s just about whether we want to dial it up in a game or not.”
– This game will be about mistakes. Can the Cards force any? Can they avoiding making them? Ken Whisenhunt was technically right when he said the previous games don’t mean anything Sunday, but the way the Niners have controlled the scoreboard – the Cards haven’t scored double digits the last four games or reached 17 the last five – the Cards need to be smart and take care of the ball. Turnovers always hurt. They seem to inflict more damage when they come against the Niners.
– No, no new updates on the contract status of defensive end Calais Campbell. I don’t know what will happen. He is having a fantastic season though. The defensive turnaround has been Campbell’s hot streak; in those five games he has three sacks, 19 tackles, four tackles for loss, an interception, six QB hits and two blocked field goals. Not bad for a 3-4 DE. Pro Bowl possibility, anyone? “I think that’s everyone’s goal,” Campbell said. “If not, you shouldn’t be playing. It’s something a lot of people value, including myself. I would really like it, but in the end, it’s about winning games.”
– He didn’t get to do anything on punt returns last week, but Patrick Peterson played possibly his best game as a cornerback last week. And while his value as a punt returner is greater than most punt returners because of the scoring chances, the Cards still need him more as an elite cornerback, all things being equal.
– Don’t forget – the roof will be open Sunday.
– Don’t forget – there will be a toy drive at the stadium Sunday, so bring new, unwrapped toys (or donate money) to any stadium entrance.
– Don’t forget – Beanie and Fitz are chasing 1,000.
– If the Cards win, they will clinch at least a .500 home record this season – and Whisenhunt will become the first coach in franchise history with five straight seasons at home of at least a .500 record. Whiz would also tie Don Coryell for most wins by a head coach (42) in franchise history if the Cards win.
I’m interested in seeing if this defense can carry the Cards to another win. I’m sure it’d be close. Of course.
Tags: 49ers, Calais Campbell, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Miller, NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Peterson, Patrick Willis, roof
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As expected, linebacker Joey Porter (tricep) and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring) are both inactive tonight with their injuries, while Derek Anderson is set to be the third quarterback. O’Brien Schofield starts in Porter’s place, and it will be interesting to see if the Cards use more 4-3 looks tonight — Gabe Watson is active while Gerald Hayes and Curtis Gatewood join Porter as inactive linebackers. Andre Roberts will return kickoffs with The Hyphen out.
The rest of the inactive list:
- CB A.J. Jefferson
- CB Marshay Green
- C Ben Claxton
As a reminder, the roof is open tonight as well.
Tags: A.J. Jefferson, Andre Roberts, Ben Claxton, Curtis Gatewood, Derek Anderson, Gabe Watson, Gerald Hayes, Joey Porter, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Marshay Green, O'Brien Schofield, roof
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’Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the complex,
Not a creature was stirring, errr, except for Larry Fitz;
OK, there were others, the whole team in fact,
Prepping to play the Cowboys, win some pride back;
With Porter maybe on the shelf and The Hyphen banged up,
Roberts must kick return, Schofield hoping to erupt;
Skelton the Cowboy-hater gets start No. 3,
A first touchdown pass would provide needed glee;
(Attempting to rhyme lines here isn’t an easy chore,
Not when trying to be newsy and not be a bore)
There will be no Romo, no playoffs on the line,
It’s still about winning plus getting young guys time;
We’re waiting to see what the offense will bring,
Maybe Hightower? More Beanie? Breaston on the wing?
Slowing Felix Jones on the ground a defensive key,
At the same time, can’t allow Witten to run free;
The stadium roof will be open this time,
Closing the season in temperatures just fine;
Frankly, on Christmas Eve, I need to cut this short,
Family is waiting, that’s of more import;
I’ll have more later when NFL Net puts on a show,
A battle between Cardinals and Cowboys to follow;
Hopefully hearing Dockett shout as he finishes the fight,
“Merry Christmas to all, damn it was a good night!”
– I hope everyone has a good holiday (and so do the Cards).
Tags: Andre Roberts, Beanie Wells, Cowboys, Darnell Dockett, Joey Porter, John Skelton, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Larry Fitzgerald, O'Brien Schofield, roof, Steve Breaston, Tim Hightower
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The Cardinals have announced the roof of University of Phoenix Stadium will be open for Sunday’s game against the Rams. It will be the first time this season and the 12th time since the Cardinals moved into the building (in the 38th regular-season game) that it will be open. In the previous 11 outings, the Cardinals have won six times, all coming in the last seven times the sky has been visible from within the stadium.
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The roof at University of Phoenix Stadium tonight will be closed because of cold temperatures. The text from the official release:
“Due to the cold front that has brought unseasonably low temperatures and freeze warnings to the Valley this evening, the roof at University of Phoenix Stadium will be closed for tonight’s game between the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
“Even with the roof closed, temperatures inside the building are expected to be in the low 60s and fans should dress accordingly.”
Tags: 49ers, Monday Night Football, roof
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For those planning their outerwear for today, the roof at University of Phoenix Stadium will be closed for the Packers-Cardinals game. Not a total shock — it’s time to get into playoff mode, I’d guess,
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Many ask and here is the answer: The roof will be open for today’s game against the Rams. The last time the roof was open was last Dec. 14 in a loss to Minnesota, although the Cards are 5-2 with the roof open at home under coach Ken Whisenhunt. The roof was open three times last season, with the Cards winning twice (against the Rams and 49ers).
Tags: Rams, roof
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Couple quick pre-game tidbits:
– The roof, as expected, is closed.
– The Cards once again are wearing all red, no surprise after they beat Seattle in the all-red getup in the last home game.
– The Seahawks did the Cards a favor by knocking off the 49ers, 20-17, on a field goal on the last play of the game. If the Cards win tonight, they can clinch the NFC West with a victory in San Francisco next week. Even if the Cards lose tonight, they keep a two-game edge at worst going to the Bay Area.
Tags: 49ers, roof, Vikings
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