Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th108.2 (18th)258.5 (9th)
Defense2nd94.9 (9th)210.3 (4th)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
L 23 - 21NE
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Sun Sep 18
W 40 - 7TB
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Sun Sep 25
L 33 - 18at BUF
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Sun Oct 2
L 17 - 13LAR
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Thu Oct 6
W 33 - 21at SF
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Mon Oct 17
W 28 - 3NYJ
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Sun Oct 23
6 - 6SEA
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Sun Oct 30
L 30 - 20at CAR
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Sun Nov 13
W 23 - 20SF
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Sun Nov 20
L 30 - 24at MIN
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Sun Nov 27
L 38 - 19at ATL
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Sun Dec 4
W 31 - 23WAS
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Sun Dec 11
L 26 - 23at MIA
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Sun Dec 18
L 48 - 41NO
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Sat Dec 24
W 34 - 31at SEA
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Sun Jan 1
W 44 - 6at LAR
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Standings

NFC
West
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Seattle10-5-13-2-1
Arizona7-8-14-1-1
Los Angeles4-12-02-4-0
San Francisco2-14-02-4-0
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Cardinals' Chandler Jones: In line for Cards' franchise tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals are expected to place their franchise tag on Jones, the Arizona Republic reports.

The NFL has entered the two-week stretch in which organizations can utilize both the franchise and transition tags, but decisions must be made by 4 PM ET on March 1. If the Cardinals make such a call, as expected, the two sides will have until July 15 to reach agreement on a multi-year contract. If terms aren't reached, though, Jones will play under a salary in excess of $15 million next season. No matter what comes to pass, he's slated to form a formidable pass-rushing duo with Markus Golden, who both reached double-digit sacks in 2016.

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Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald: Feels 'much better' physically
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fitzgerald is "much better" physically than he was at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Although Fitzgerald didn't shed light on his health often during the Cardinals' underwhelming campaign, he frequently received the oft-used "veteran rest day" in order to avoid undue physical stress during practice. In advance of the Super Bowl, though, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Fitzgerald "got beat up, was dealing with several nagging injuries" in 2016. Fitzgerald took time to make a decision on his future, which was seemingly tied to that of quarterback Carson Palmer. Upon opting to return as of Feb. 1, Palmer made a similar call last Thursday, ensuring the duo will suit up together for the fifth year in a row.

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Cardinals' David Johnson: Nearing end of recovery effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) is approaching the end of his rehabilitation from an MCL sprain in his left knee, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

An unsightly knee injury resulted in an abbreviated season finale for Johnson. Fortunately for the running back, he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL, which was expected to require a 6-to-8 week recovery effort. Now in the stretch run, he posted a short video of himself jumping out of a pool last Wednesday, revealing that he's nearly 100 percent. Expect Johnson to embark soon on his preparation for a repeat of his breakout 2016 campaign.

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Cardinals' John Brown: Potential solution discovered for sickle-cell trait
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals may have found a solution for Brown's sickle-cell trait, ArizonaSports.com reports. "He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," team president Michael Bidwill said Tuesday. "We'll get Smoke back the way we had him."

After Brown was diagnosed in Week 7, he was missing in action within the Cardinals' offense, surpassing 30 yards receiving in only two of nine contests. For a burner like Brown, his 55.6 percent catch rate (15 receptions on 27 targets) during that stretch wasn't unexpected, but issues with fatigue conspired to inhibit his varied skill set. If an answer to his health woes has been found, he'd be the obvious candidate for third option in the mind of Carson Palmer behind Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. In such a scenario -- and assuming no additions on the receiving front in the offseason -- Brown could hearken back to his first two campaigns, when he hauled in 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,699 yards on 204 targets.

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Cardinals' Carson Palmer: Will return for 2017
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Palmer has confirmed he will return for the 2017 season after considering retirement, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Palmer considered retirement after what he described as the most physically grueling season of his career. His numbers dipped from 2015 to 2016 but he was still an above average quarterback in what was his age-36 season. He'll look to rebound in 2017 from his 26-touchdown, 14-interception, 14-fumble performance in 2016.

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