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In a rush to be tested

Posted by Darren Urban on November 21, 2013 – 11:00 am

The Cardinals are second in the NFL in rushing defense heading into Week 12, allowing just 81.4 yards a game (The Jets are first, at 73.2.) But as the Cardinals head down the stretch with their final six games, that ranking will be tested and how the Cards hold up may go a long way in determining how real their playoff hopes will be.

Of the Cards’ final six opponents, all but one rank in the top half of the NFL rushing the ball and three are in the top six — including the top two rushing teams in the league, Philadelphia (150.6 yards a game) and Seattle (147.9). The others are San Francisco (sixth, 141.0), Indianapolis (15th, 112.9), Tennessee (16th, 112.3) and St. Louis (22nd, 99.4).

(How the Cardinals run the ball themselves will make a difference too — Arizona is 25th in the NFL at 85.6 yards a game — but that’s a topic for another post.)

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles came into the season saying he wanted the Cardinals to stop the run first and his players have often echoed it. That wasn’t the case last season and it often bit the Cards. This year, only three times have the Cards given up more than 56 yards to the other team’s leading rusher. Of course, in all three instances, the Cardinals will play those teams again, with the Rams (Daryl Richardson, 63 yards), 49ers (Frank Gore, 101 yards) and Seahawks (Marshawn Lynch, 94 yards) still out there. Richardson is no longer the Rams go-to guy but Zac Stacy, although Stacy has looked good. No reason to dwell on what Gore and Lynch bring; they are among the best in the NFL and the Cards have seen that up close and personal too many times.

Next week against NFL leading rusher Shady McCoy and Chip Kelly’s new-look offense will be interesting as well.

There’s a reason it’s a football cliché that teams must first stop the run. The Cardinals need to live it as gospel.

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With 2014 schedule, London calling?

Posted by Darren Urban on October 8, 2013 – 3:03 pm

The NFL announced today that three teams will host games in London during the 2014 season: Jacksonville, Oakland and Atlanta. Why does that matter? Because you never know if the Cardinals could get picked to be the visiting team to a London game.

The Cards don’t play Jacksonville next season. But they do travel to Oakland, and with an away game at the “matching” NFC South team wherever they finish, there is a chance the Cardinals could have a road game in Atlanta next season — making then two of the three London games possible. We are far away from knowing for sure, of course, but it’s an interesting tidbit to chew on.

So, as long as we are discussion the 2014 opponents — because why wouldn’t you five games into the previous season — here is the list of the Cardinals’ schedule-to-be:

HOME

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

Kansas City Chiefs

San Diego Chargers

NFC North “like” finisher (If Cardinals finish in second place in division, for instance, they play the second-place team from NFCN)

Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams

AWAY

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

NFC South “like” finisher

Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams


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Thoughts on a schedule

Posted by Darren Urban on April 18, 2013 – 6:31 pm

So here are some quick thoughts on the Cardinals’ schedule, for what they are worth. No one knows exactly what will happen between now and when the games will be played and so much can change. Nevertheless, this is what we do, so we press on …

– What smacks me in the face first is the back-to-back games against the 49ers — in San Francisco — and the Seahawks just four days later for their NFL Network game. That’s in October (13 and 17). Those teams aren’t easy with which to deal, and to have them so close together is tough. I guess, with Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson with similar games (I know Wilson doesn’t run as much as Kaepernick), the defense will be in the right frame of mind. Todd Bowles, are you ready?

– Opening in St. Louis isn’t a bad place to start. The Cards have had a ton of success there, winning seven straight before last year. These aren’t the 2009 Rams, but they aren’t the Niners and Seahawks either.

– Offenses with which the Cards must deal without suspended linebacker Daryl Washington: Rams, Lions, Saints, Buccaneers. All in all, not the worst thing.

– A bye at exactly the midway point of the season.

– The Bruce Arians-faces-his-former-Colts-team game comes Nov. 24. Will be very interesting to see where the Cards are at that point — we will be long past the storybook of the Colts season last year — and, for that matter, where the Colts stand.

– I didn’t think weather would be a big deal, but it could be chilly in Philly (Dec. 1) and Tennessee (Dec. 15). And perhaps Seattle (Dec. 22) for that matter.

– It did catch my eye that the preseason Dallas game is at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. I prefer that rather than night preseason games.

– A trip to Raymond James Stadium Sept. 29. Let’s see, the last time the Cards were there


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Schedule on deck for Thursday

Posted by Darren Urban on April 16, 2013 – 10:50 am

The NFL officially announced the regular-season schedule will be released Thursday, at 5 p.m. Arizona time. (We will have that info up immediately as the deadline hits). It’s always a strange day. There is no denying the schedule release is a huge story for NFL fans, even though all we are talking about is actual dates and times. Every team already knows who it is playing next season. That hasn’t been a secret. Whether the Cardinals host the Falcons in October or November probably doesn’t mean a ton. Sure, there are some weather-related situations to note for some teams — if you go to Green Bay for instance, you pay attention if that is in September or December. The Cards don’t have any road trips like that do have to think about Philadelphia (although it’d probably be better to visit Jacksonville later in the season if possible.)

In the meantime, here is the refresher on 2013′s regular-season opponents:

HOME

Indianapolis, Houston, Carolina, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis

AWAY

Tennessee, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis


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Opponents set for 2013

Posted by Darren Urban on December 23, 2012 – 2:46 pm

With the Rams’ win against Tampa Bay today, the Cardinals are locked into last place in the NFC West for 2012 regardless of the result today or next week. It also solidifies their opponents for 2013, since the NFC North and NFC East already know who will be their fourth-place teams as well.

HOME

– Indianapolis

– Houston

– Carolina

– Atlanta

– Detroit

– Seattle

– San Francisco

– St. Louis

AWAY

– Tennessee

– Jacksonville

– New Orleans

– Tampa Bay

– Philadelphia

– Seattle

– St. Louis

– San Francisco


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Before 2012, a glance at 2013 opponents

Posted by Darren Urban on July 17, 2012 – 1:22 pm

Yes, yes, I know I am early. Way early. But as long as the info is out there — and while we still have a little bit before we get to training camp — here is a look at who the Cardinals’ opponents will be for the 2013 season.

HOME

– Indianapolis (Andrew Luck!)

– Carolina (Cam Newton!)

– Houston (Arian Foster.)

– Atlanta (Roddy White?)

– NFC North team that matches Cards’ spot in 2012 standings

– and of course, St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco.

AWAY

– New Orleans

– Tampa Bay

– Jacksonville

– Tennessee

– NFC East team that matches Cards’ spot in 2012 standings

– and, of course, St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco.

I was going to do a little analysis, but then I realized how foolish that was this far out.


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Late kickoff times change this season

Posted by Darren Urban on June 28, 2012 – 9:18 am

The afternoon football games will be a little later this season.

The NFL announced Thursday morning that all the second games on TV doubleheaders that were to start at 15 minutes past the hour will now start at 25 past the hour, to make sure the kickoffs of those games don’t come before the early games have ended.

From the NFL press release: “In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.”

For the Cardinals, that means the kickoff times of five games — three at home, two on the road — are impacted. (All times are Arizona.):

– Sept. 9, Seattle at Arizona, is now a 1:25 p.m. kickoff;

– Nov. 25, St. Louis at Arizona, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;

– Dec. 23, Chicago at Arizona, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;

– Dec. 9, Arizona at Seattle, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;

– Dec. 30, Arizona at San Francisco, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff.

The games slated to start at 1:05 p.m. or 2:05 p.m. are not affected (and as always, the last seven weeks of the season are subject to flex scheduling, should the Cardinals play themselves into a race.)

 


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Preseason dates and times set

Posted by Darren Urban on April 16, 2012 – 4:02 pm

The Cards have set their preseason schedule, with the home finale against the Broncos the most notable, with it coming at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. The team was limited regarding the Denver game because, by rule, Wednesday was not at option since Denver plays the previous Sunday and a later kickoff was necessary to avoid conflicting with network TV coverage of the Republican National Convention’s final night and the nominee’s acceptance speech.

The full Cards’ preseason sked (all times Arizona):

  • Sunday, Aug. 5 vs New Orleans Saints at 5 p.m.  in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.
  • Friday, Aug. 10 at Kansas City at 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 17 home against Oakland at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 23 at Tennessee at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 30 home against Denver at 8 p.m.

The full regular-season schedule will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. Arizona time.


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The schedule and draft for 2012

Posted by Darren Urban on January 1, 2012 – 10:24 pm

With the season over, the Cardinals will pick 13th in April’s draft. Their opponents for 2012 have also been set (although dates, of course, aren’t announced until April too):

Home games: Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia.

Away games: Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England, New York Jets, Atlanta.


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The Cardinals’ 2012 opponents

Posted by Darren Urban on December 6, 2011 – 12:08 pm

With a month left on the schedule — and since this info was held back at the beginning of the season as the league sorted through the post-lockout world — it’s a good time to take a look at what the Cards face schedule-wise in 2012.

Dates and times, of course, aren’t out until April.

HOME GAMES

  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Miami Dolphins
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • St. Louis Rams
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • NFC East match (wherever place the Cards finish vs. same place in East. As of today, it’s the Philadelphia Eagles)

AWAY GAMES

  • Green Bay Packers
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Jets
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • St. Louis Rams
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • NFC South match (as of today, it’s the Carolina Panthers).

Some heavy-duty road trips there, based on what’s going on this season. Things change from year-to-year, of course. And the last time the Cards went to play the Patriots and Jets on the road, while the games didn’t turn out great, the season ultimately did.

UPDATE: Many are asking about trips to the Jets and Pats, when the Cards did the same the last time they played those teams. The NFL, I believe is just working backward with AFC vs NFC. The  Cards have played the Ravens and Bengals on the road two straight times, for instance, including this year, and will host the Steelers and Browns for a second straight time. Same thing happened in 2007. So for 2012, they are repeating 2008. I’d assume, in 2016, Cards will visit Miami and Buffalo and host Jets, Pats.


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