The Cardinals enter their much-anticipated bye week right as the trade deadline came to a close. Many fans were expecting to see some trades come to fruition, only to be disappointed by the lack of action in what seemed to be one of the more active deadlines in recent memory. Fans saw four notable wide-receivers dealt this year mid-season, as well as some defensive talent. Which may leave some fans wondering, “What gives?”
The Cardinals are struggling to put together a complete game. There will be no time for excuses as they have a quick turnaround at home against the 2-4 Denver Broncos. Denver is coming off of a close loss to the Rams, where Todd Gurley torched their defense for 208 yards rushing. Can the Cardinals finally see their run game flourish? Here are the keys to victory.
Only one-quarter into the season, there were a lot of surprises. Teams that we thought would win easily ended up in shootouts. Teams that we thought would lose put up big numbers. Looking at you Tampa Bay. So what are we to do? Predict the worst teams this year! Let’s look at some of the teams with the potential to be the worst team this year, based on their week 1-4 performances.
The hometown Arizona Cardinals have officially made a change at quarterback. Rookie Josh Rosen will start at home against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in what appears to be a “the future is now” move. Sam Bradford has been shut down after an abysmal 2 3/4 game performance. It is speculated that the offense will certainly be less stagnant with Rosen in the lineup, but I would like to go deeper. Will a change at quarterback actually help David Johnson in fantasy football?
The Cardinals, SRP, and Albertsons-Safeway have teamed up for the last 19 years on a program called Milk & Cookies. Each Tuesday during the regular season, a Cardinals player will travel to an elementary classroom and read to the kids as everyone enjoys milk and cookies. This week it was Justine Spitalny Elementary K-5 School in the Cartwright School District, that had Cardinals offensive lineman John Wetzel come to sit and read to them.
The NFL game for a potential star Quarterback picked high in the draft is much like a new toy introduced into a daycare center. The excited children represent the rough and tough defenses in the league that are ready to rip into the new toy once it’s placed in the playing area. Old toys get moved to the side and the desire to play with them becomes less interesting, as they have lots of wear and tear and have been beat down by the children until they can’t play any longer.
The Cardinals season is all but over, but many fans feel that it is already over. The Bruce Arians era is in the review mirror in what seems like only had lasted a moment. But a funny thing happened recently, the NFL Films Documentary “A Football Life” recently released a new episode on none other than Carson Palmer. What better way to distract us from the present, by looking at the past.
After a tough loss Sunday to the Washington Redskins, close to 200 fans lined up at the Free Agent Sports Fan Cave Sports Collectibles Store in Paradise Valley Mall to meet Cardinals star Running Back David Johnson. Members of the AZ Birdgang Fam were exclusively allowed to say hello, take a picture, and even got an autograph from their favorite Cardinal. We saw plenty of good items being signed; custom helmets, posters, magazine covers. Even a few UNI Mini Helmets showed up to David’s surprise.
The Arizona Cardinals generated a little buzz yesterday, announcing a new naming rights partner, State Farm. The organization has ended their naming rights agreement with The University of Phoenix after a 12-year relationship. The former company will continue to be a partner of the Arizona Cardinals in a smaller relationship. State Farm has agreed to an 18-year naming rights agreement that will rename that stadium “State Farm Stadium.”