Peterson, Beanie nominated — and a playoff scenario

Posted by Darren Urban on November 29, 2011 – 9:56 am

Big games in wins mean possible awards. So when Beanie Wells and Patrick Peterson do what they did, they earn their way into the weekly voting. Beanie, after rushing for a team-record 228 yards against the Rams, is up for the FedEx ground player of the week, vs. the Bengals’ Cedric Benson (106 yards rushing and one TD) and the Titans’ Chris Johnson (190 yards). You can vote for Beanie right here.

Peterson, meanwhile, is up for the Pepsi rookie of the week award after his fourth punt return for a touchdown this season. He’s up against Texans DE J.J. Watt, Panthers QB Cam Newton, Bengals QB Andy Dalton and Redskins RB Roy Helu. You can vote for Peterson right here.

— Now this is what you call a true fan. Writer Will Leitch, who founded the website and now works for Yahoo! and New York magazine, is also a huge Cardinals fan. He tweeted out last night he spent 45 minutes on the playoff situation simulator on just to come up with a scenario where the Cards got in. And he finally did. Check it out. The Cards would have to win out, of course (and no, I am not endorsing its probability. I don’t need a lecture from Jim Mora).

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29 Responses to “Peterson, Beanie nominated — and a playoff scenario”

  1. By bobf on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Even by an act of God – they do get into the playoffs – this team is not built to sustain and could not win a game.

  2. By JD on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    ESPN playoff machine – all it takes is selecting the option where the home team wins every game except for Cards at Bengals in Week 16 and the Cards end up with the #5 seed.

  3. By SteveG. on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Come on fellas!! Vote like you come from Chicago…early and often!!!

  4. By DontTakeLoses on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    9-7.. on SB run…

  5. By tom on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    darren, did you notice that peterson isnt even on the pro bowl ballot as a return man? astounding…

  6. By clssylssy on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I like the way this guy thinks…FINALLY, I’ve found my kindred spirit! I was just doing the calculations myself and thinking how disappointed the haters would be
    if we could overcome a slow start!

  7. By in fitz we trust on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    just imagine if we did go 9-7…. those early losses would really sting, that playoff machine had the cardinals getting the 6th seed, that would mean alot of winning teams ( as in teams over .500) would have to go on a loosing streak, by that standard with our current record, looks like that 6th seed in open, but not wide open with 7 losses, if only our d was this good during the first 7 games ( technically seattle is still alive too, just making that new years game) more important ) all it will take is any other nfc team to get to 10 wins to exclude us, i see that team being the atlanta falcons

  8. By Chris B on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Cards make the playoffs, Whiz is coach of the year…
    I love how the Broncos make the playoffs too.

    If this happens, no way Cards go on the road and win anywhere. But, if tebow can do…. Tebow thing, the Cards have a SB chance.

  9. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I voted for PP, but also had to vote for Andy Dalton (a second round pick, he would have been cheaper than Kevin Kolb, huh?) and JJ Watt.

    And of course, I voted for Beanie.

  10. By jocards on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Cards in the playoffs? That would be funny were it not so utterly absurd. Just taking away the aspect that Detroit and Atlanta both have three more wins than we do at present….Has there really been any indication to anyone that the Cardinals are capable of running the table? The Rams aren’t on the schedule again….half of our wins are against the Rams. One was against the worst team from 2010 and the other was against a Philly team that hasn’t won any more often than we have. Somebody believes this team can win 5 in a row? Somebody said the Cardinals were one of the worst post season teams in 2008…..can you imagine what they’d say in 2011?!? Hahaha! Hey by that logic this team is Super bowl bound!

  11. By Darren Urban on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply


    RE: Playoffs

    I guess I have to tell everyone to relax, because too many are taking it way too seriously. The tweet was funny and interesting. No one is expecting that to come true.

  12. By jocards on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply


    RE: Playoffs

    No I know it wasn’t to be taken seriously. I wish this season had gone better and there were some winnable games that had the team been able to seal the deal might have made a world of difference. Oh well, I’m still pulling hard for them each and every week. There are some bright spots. The defense is beginning to look pretty decent with some young guys contributing more and more. Beanie looks like a real beast at times and Patrick Peterson has a lot of game….Maybe we can build something eventually.

  13. By drummer-1 on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren.. You know as well as i do, saying anything positive about the cardinals is a sin, even on thier own message board?

  14. By OhioCardsFan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Love WIll’s enthusiasm! Go Cards!

  15. By BIIRDISTHEWORD on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    man ooooh man wouldn’t it be something to end up 9-7 and in the playoffs….it could def. happen…C’MON CARDINAL FANS LETS NOT BE SELL OUTS AGAINST THE COWBOYS….

  16. By CardsFan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’m surprised it took him 45 minutes, it’s not that absurd (other than the Cards having to win out). There are only four teams ahead of them record wise – Chi, Det, NYG, and Atl, in contention for the 2 wild card spots. Atl should get one, but Chi has no QB, and Det and NYG are tanking and have tough schedules the rest of the way. It’s not hard to envision the 6th seed being 9-7 this year.

    Of course, the Cards would have to win out, which is the toughest part of the entire scenario. But their next two are arguably the toughest games left, so if they can somehow manage wins in them, who knows?

  17. By Stevie on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I noticed that, Tom, (re Peterson not on Pro Bowl ballot as punt receiver)and wondered how that can be changed. Any ideas, Darren? Also, I could not find him on the punt return stats as a rookie on either.

  18. By Darren Urban on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Stevie —

    RE: Peterson

    Alas, I do not have control over either of those things.

  19. By Scott H on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    I was gonna say cue the famous Jim Mora rant about the playoffs, but you beat me to it!

  20. By AndyStandsUp on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hate to be the Cheerios urinating guy, but the number of times the Cards have won their last 5 games in nearly 100 years:
    1 in 1948.

    Number of times the Cards have LOST their last five games in just the AZ era, 23 years or so:

  21. By AZbelgium on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    damn!!! finally someone thinking like me!! i watch every cards game here from belgium @night times…
    and yes why not get the 6th seed? let’s go cards for the next 2 big games!!

    btw cards fan since i watched my first superbowl ever… 09 🙂
    ow they lost but damn i love them!!

  22. By GW on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I will be happy if the cards just beat these next 2 games against their 2 biggest rivals the cowgirls & the whiners it will make a big statement to the league and the fans.

  23. By Scott on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Fellas look under kickoff return (KR)….Petersen is listed under that category.

  24. By tony romo himself on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    cards always play so well vs the cowboys. i dont like it, but i do like the cards a lot! just not this week. i hope kolb turns out to be an awesome qb just to stick it even more to dirty philly. but lets hope he plays horrible sunday

  25. By clssylssy on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren and all: It’s the power of positive thinking…ever heard of that? Tim Tebow is a perfect example…not that great of player but has become the media darling and flavor of the week because of his belief that the Broncos can win. It is funny that the same things that he is applauded for…taking initiative and running the ball when he doesn’t see anyone to throw to, playing more like a college QB than NFL are the very same things Max Hall and John Skelton have been so severely criticized for…guess you have to have that glazed over look to be the second coming of John Elway…LOL! Com’OnMan!

  26. By jasonm on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    I am not sure what to think of a playoff scenario right now, we are a lot better than people think ,and we have huge talent , but man we lost some bs games , i think we can get there but its up to one guy and his name starts with a k and ends with a b ,I love u Darren Urban.

  27. By Jimmy C on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    How about a Cardinal First round bye lol

  28. By steve on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    The baseball St. Louis Cardinals were 81/2 out with 25 games left— they played well and got lots of help!!! You never know

  29. By Phil on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Or how about the Cardinals in at 8-8 haha

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