Stars falling by wayside ahead of Cards

Posted by Darren Urban on October 8, 2013 – 10:32 am

The Cardinals are going through their most difficult stretch of the schedule, but the news today lends itself to possible advantages in the Cards’ favor as they move forward. Division foes San Francisco and Seattle have been rolling, and those are the next two games, but after that, last year’s playoff teams Atlanta and Houston visit University of Phoenix Stadium. Both those teams have been struggling mightily anyway. The Texans are getting poor quarterback play from Matt Schaub, and that got harder with the news top tight end Owen Daniels will reportedly miss up to six weeks with a broken leg. Given that the Cards have had issues covering tight ends, that’s not a bad thing for Arizona.

But the bigger news is that the Falcons, who come in Oct. 27, have lost wide receiver Julio Jones for the season with a foot injury. That is a crushing blow to a team many thought could reach the Super Bowl but instead have started 1-4. Fellow Pro Bowler Roddy White (below) is already having a bad season thanks to ankle and hamstring problems. Jones is a star, now he won’t play.

It’s not like the Cards haven’t had their own injuries. No one roots for injuries, but as every coach ever likes to say, “No one feels sorry for us.” If the Cards can win those games, no one will be putting an asterisk on them.



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13 Responses to “Stars falling by wayside ahead of Cards”

  1. By Roland on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Plus Michael Crabtree in San Fran and Percy Harvin for Seattle are already out.

  2. By D on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Hopefully Patrick Willis is still out this weekend along with R. McDonald not 100%. This team has always had problems stopping Gore, hopefully our Defense will be up to the challenge.

  3. By eddie on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Well we are second now against the running game so I think we have a chance

  4. By Kevin S on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Atlanta should win after their bye week (hosting Tampa Bay), so they’ll come to town 2-4 at best. Not quite bad enough that they’ll be giving up on the season, but no JJ is huge. Not much of a rushing attack. Can we stop a star TE like Gonzalez?

  5. By eddie on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Kevin S –

    I think PP can

  6. By Mike G on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Yo Darren–Hope all is cool! Certainly with Houston and Atlanta struggling that could be good news for Arizona down the road. You never want to see an injury but the Card’s have had their share as well! –It is part of the game. First things first though—big game with the Niners this week. They seem to be getting back to Gore the last couple weeks and I believe this will be the most physical team the Cards have played so far. The Card’s have done a nice job against the run so far this year ranking 3rd in the league. Something has to give this week. Card’s must be physical in the front seven. Need a big game from both Dan Williams and T Alameda. Hey Darren–Do you think Alameda’s play has been a surprise so far to both his teammates and the Card’s organization?????? He’s looked pretty good!

  7. By Darren Urban on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Ta’amu

    I think he has played well, and yes, I think it’s a mild surprise.

  8. By HunterSThompson on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Drinking the Koolaid, but gonna say it right now anyway. If the Cards beat SF on Sunday I’ve got them at 7-2 after this stretch of games. Despite what Barnwell on Grantland professes, momentum for this Cardinals team can be powerful, and beating the 49ers this weekend creates some big-time.
    Cards 23, 49ers 16. Enjoy it!

  9. By clssylssy on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    It always seems like bad karma to start counting our success on the misfortunes and injuries of others, and while we have sustained some significant season ending injuries, things can always get worse and come back to bite us when we begin getting too braggadocious. We may be 3-2, but in two of those wins the offense barely showed up and a home win is not a road win, especially in SF. The thing to remember about that Koolaide is that it’s a little like home made hooch; it makes you high but can blind a person to reality! If the Cards can come away from SF with minimal injuries I will count that as a win! If we can win our home games and steal a few on the road (Tampa was a major theft) then we will be improving. We still have the Seahawks, Colts,Titans, 9ers, Eagles and Rams to put away at home and just as we are getting better, so are they! Remember we started 4-0 last season before injuries hit and everything fell apart…it can still happen again.

  10. By Keith on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    If we were to beat SF or SEA, it would be crazy to consider a trade for Tony Gonzalez right? or is it? II know its his last year and all but we have a shot at playoffs and ATL doesn’t ,maybey ATL would do him the favor of trading to a “contender”. I doubt it but it would be nice. Im tired of Housler already by the way!!

  11. By sammy on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Just listened to Wolf and yourself on Cards Underground and great show, always insightful/entertaining and witty ! Interesting comment about Palmer not getting time to pass, geez was that not the elephant in the closet last year with Kolb and Skelton ??? One got injured and the other had hardly time to breath, especially in the MNF game vs SF whom we play on Sunday and Minnesota !! How has anything changed ? This and Snyder is now with SF as is Skelton who probably will move in as Kap’s backup ( see below ).

    More importantly what song was that your show ended with, was it the Gypsy Kings ? I want to download it. loved it and it has been awhile since i have heard it ! Perfect ending to the show :).

  12. By georgiebird on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    The NY Jets have won their last two games with an inconsistent QB. The Patriots, Dolphins have come on hard times the past two weeks with losses and injuries. The Jets have won a total of 4 division titles in the 53 year existence of the AFC East. Jets’ fans are talking of winning the AFC East. Enough said about putting the cart ahead of the horse.

  13. By clssylssy on Oct 9, 2013 | Reply

    Tony G would quit before being traded to just any team. He was all set to retire before the season and only came back because he believed his guys had a real shot to win the SB. The only thing he doesn;’t have to add to his list of accomplishments is a SB win, and he has a better shot at that going back to KC and retiring as a member of the Chiefs. The people of KC love him and he still has ties to the community. With or without a ring he’s a lock for the Hall and has pretty much done it all. I do wish we would get some bonified help at the position of TE…just don’t think TG is an option!

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