Week 12 NFL Capsule – Cardinals vs Seahawks

ARIZONA CARDINALS (9-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-4)

SERIES

CARDINALS SEAHAWKS
SERIES LEADER 16-14
STREAKS 3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 1-1 Carroll: 6-3
LAST WEEK W 14-6 vs. Lions L 24-20 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Cardinals 17 at Seahawks 10. Arizona WR Michael Floyd catches game-winning 31-yard TD with 2:13 remaining. Cardinals defense holds Seahawks to 192 total net yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/22/13
BROADCAST FOX (1:05 PM PT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Ari.), 85 (Sea.). XM: 85 (Sea.).

STATS

PASSING Stanton: 67-125-920-5-2-84.1 Wilson: 182-291-2019-13-5-90.8
RUSHING Ellington: 186-624-3.4-3 Lynch: 177-813 (2C)-4.6-9 (1L)
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 46-658-14.3-2 Baldwin: 44-485-11.0-2
OFFENSE 333.0 366.0
TAKE/GIVE +11 (T2L) +5
DEFENSE 343.7 306.1 (3L)
SACKS Okafor: 5 Bennett: 4
INTs 3 tied: 3 (T3C) 6 tied: 1
PUNTING
  1. Butler: 42.6
Ryan: 44.8
KICKING Catanzaro (R): 75 (24/24 PAT; 17/18 FG) Hauschka: 84 (2C) (27/27 PAT; 19/21 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: Are 9-1 for 2nd time in team history (1948). Are 1 of 2 teams to win at Sea. in past 3 seasons…QB DREW STANTON passed for career-high 306 yards with 2 TDs last week. Has won 5 of past 6 starts (3-1 in 2014)…RB ANDRE ELLINGTON has 980 scrimmage yards (624 rush, 356 rec.) & can join OTTIS ANDERSON (1979-80) as only Cards with 1,000+ yards in each of 1st 2 seasons…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 159 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MICHAEL FLOYD had 2 TDs last week. In last meeting, had GW 31-yard TD. Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 5 TDs, incl. 4 GWs…Have not allowed 100-yard rusher in 20 games in row. Team has 15 INTs, 2nd most in NFL. CB PATRICK PETERSON has INT in 2 of past 3 at Sea. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in past 5 at Sea. LB LARRY FOOTE had sack in last game vs. Sea. (9/18/11 with Pit.). CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE has 3 INTs & FR-TD in past 4…SEAHAWKS: Have won 21 of past 23 at home (incl. playoffs)…QB RUSSELL WILSON has 36 TDs, 11 INTs & 101.4 rating in 23 home starts (incl. playoffs)…In past 3 meetings, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has rushed for 290 yards (96.7 per game) & 4 TDs. Has TD in 7 of past 8 home games (incl. playoffs). Has 14 TDs (13 rush, 1 rec.) in those 8. Has TD in 10 of past 14 (incl. playoffs) & has 17 TDs in those 14 (14 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DOUG BALDWIN had TD last week & leads team with 44 catches & 485 yards. WR JERMAINE KEARSE is 2nd on club with career-high 25 catches & 361 yards…CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 6 INTs (1 TD) in past 5 meetings, incl. 4 INTs (1 TD) in past 2 vs. Az. at home. Has 10 INTs in past 17 at home. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 21 INTs. S EARL THOMAS had 15 tackles & INT in 2 games vs. Az. last year. In past 2 games, has 17 tackles, 47-yard INT & 2 FFs. Incl. playoffs, S KAM CHANCELLOR has 2 INTs & FF in past 4 at home. Had 11 tackles & INT in last meeting. LB MALCOLM SMITH has 19 tackles, sack, INT & FR-TD in past 3 meetings.

Cardinals Place Rookie TE Troy Niklas on IR; Sign TE Mulligan

The NFC West leading Cardinals have placed rookie tight end Troy Niklas on season-ending injured reserve and signed tight end Matthew Mulligan, the Associated Press reports.

Niklas, a second-round draft pick from Notre Dame, missed much of the early season with an ankle injury, then sustained a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s win over Detroit.

Niklas appeared in seven games with three receptions for 38 yards.

Mulligan, in his sixth NFL season, was released by Chicago on Sept. 16. He appeared in two games, one as a starter for the Bears.

Mulligan, an undrafted free agent from Maine in 2008, has appeared in 67 games, 25 as a starter, with the New York Jets, St. Louis, New England and Chicago.

WR Fitzgerald To Have MRI to See If MCL Injury Is Serious

Detroit Lions v Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the seriousness of an injury suffered to the MCL in his left knee, Ed Werder of ESPN reports citing a source.

Fitzgerald left for the locker room in the final two minutes of the first half after taking a hit on a third-down pass from quarterback Drew Stanton.

Fitzgerald returned for the second half and caught a game-clinching pass from Stanton on third down on the final drive of Arizona’s 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions.

Fitzgerald is convinced he’s capable of playing through the injury, particularly after returning to do so Sunday, the source said.

Coach Bruce Arians shared that same sentiment.

“Larry came back and played, so we’ll see how sore he is Monday,” Arians said.

The 11-year veteran finished Sunday’s game with just two catches for 33 yards.

Stanton Stands Tall; Cardinals Top Lions 14-6 To Improve To 9-1

Detroit Lions v Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals may not have Carson Palmer under center anymore in 2014, but new QB Drew Stanton was solid in his first start as the Cardinals topped the Lions 14-6.

The victory put the Cards at an NFL best 9-1 on the season, three games up on the 49ers and Seahawks for the top spot in the NFC West.

Stanton threw touchdown passes to Michael Floyd on Arizona’s first two possessions and the Cardinals held the Lions without a touchdown, the first time that’s happened to Detroit since 2009.

Detroit got inside the Arizona 20-yard line only once, and that was after one of Stanton’s two interceptions. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Detroit (7-3).

Stanton threw TD passes of 42 and 12 yards. After that, Arizona’s offense stalled and Stanton threw two interceptions. But the Lions couldn’t convert either turnover into a touchdown.

“It was a great win for us,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, “and solidifies the belief in our locker room that whoever steps in steps up.”

Arizona won its sixth in a row and has its best record through 10 games since 1948. The Cardinals are a perfect 6-0 at home.

The Cards held an opponent without a TD for the first time this season.

“When a team doesn’t score seven points,” Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote said, “there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to come out on top.”

Stanton, 3-1 as a starter this season, finished 21 of 32 for 306 yards.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford was 18 of 30 for 183 yards with one interception. He was sacked four times, while Stanton, facing the No. 1-rated defense in the NFL, was not sacked.

Neither team scored in the second half in a matchup of two of the game’s best defenses.

Detroit’s only real threat came late in the first half.

Cassius Vaughn intercepted Stanton’s pass and got the ball at the 19.

Detroit advanced it to the 10 and Lions coach Jim Caldwell challenged the spot, arguing that it should have been a first down. But the spot stood and Caldwell decided to go four a field goal on fourth-and-1.

“That was huge, huge,” Arians said. “After that interception, to hold them to three I thought set the tempo for the rest of the football game.”

Calvin Johnson, usually defended by Patrick Peterson, had five catches for 59 yards for the Lions, only one for 4 yards in the first half.

A 12-yard pass from Stanton to Larry Fitzgerald on third-and-11 in the final minutes sealed the victory.

The Cardinals took the opening kick and went 80 yards in six plays. The next time they got the ball, they went 77 yards in seven plays.

Stanton was 3 of 4 for 59 yards in the first TD drive and 3 of 4 for 77 yards in the second.

The Cards will have a huge test as they take on the Seahawks next week in Seattle.

Carson Palmer Extension Only Makes Cardinals Stronger Moving Forward

Arizona Cardinals v Dallas Cowboys

Some feel that the Arizona Cardinals are the best team in the NFC, and for good reason. The team is a NFC best 7-1, and are rolling following a win over the Cowboys last week 28-17.

The team is listed at 10/1 odds to win the Super Bowl according to The Standard up from 16/1 as the birds continue to steamroll through the NFL.

Friday the Cards took another huge step forward, as they and quarterback Carson Palmer agreed to a three-year contract extension.

The move can only make the team stronger, as they have been looking for years since the retirement of Kurt Warner for stability at the QB position.

Palmer has already had some big games this season and last for Arizona, and getting him locked up for three more years will only make this already strong unit more confident.

The club will start a stretch Sunday where they take on the Rams and Lions at home before they have a huge matchup in three weeks with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

If they get past the next two teams and enter the Seahawks game 9-1, it’s a game that could define just how good and how far this team can go come January and possibly into February.

Cardinals at Rams Friday Injury Report

RAMS
Status Report
DOUBTFUL LB Daren Bates (groin)
QUESTIONABLE S Cody Davis (concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
PROBABLE LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), S Rodney McLeod (knee)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), S Rodney McLeod (knee), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
Thursday CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
Friday LB Daren Bates (groin), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Cody Davis (concussion)
Thursday LB Daren Bates (groin), S Cody Davis (concussion), TE Cory Harkey (knee)
Friday CB Janoris Jenkins (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), S Rodney McLeod (knee)
Friday S Cody Davis (concussion), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), DE William Hayes (fibula), S Rodney McLeod (knee)
ARIZONA CARDINALS
Status Report
OUT LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
QUESTIONABLE DT Ed Stinson (groin)
PROBABLE LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), RB Andre Ellington (foot), LB Larry Foote (back), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
Thursday LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
Friday LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), RB Stepfan Taylor (calf)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Andre Ellington (foot)
Thursday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), RB Andre Ellington (foot), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee)
Friday RB Andre Ellington (foot), DT Ed Stinson (groin)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Larry Foote (back)
Thursday LB Larry Foote (back)
Friday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), LB Marcus Benard (illness), LB Larry Foote (back), T Bobby Massie (ankle, knee)

Poll: Who Wins Sunday’s Matchup – Cardinals or Raiders?

Oakland Raiders v Arizona Cardinals


Cardinals vs Raiders Friday Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Status Report
OUT DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), DT Frostee Rucker (calf), DT Alameda Ta’amu (illness)
PROBABLE WR John Brown (hamstring), RB Andre Ellington (foot), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadricep), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE John Carlson (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle), DT Frostee Rucker (calf)
Thursday DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle), DT Alameda Ta’amu (illness)
Friday DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Glenn Carson (ankle), RB Andre Ellington (foot), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadricep), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle)
Thursday TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), RB Andre Ellington (foot), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle), DT Frostee Rucker (calf)
Friday TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), RB Andre Ellington (foot), DT Frostee Rucker (calf), DT Alameda Ta’amu (illness)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadricep)
Friday WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadricep), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle)
OAKLAND RAIDERS
Status Report
OUT WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin)
QUESTIONABLE G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), RB Marcel Reece (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
PROBABLE QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee), DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle), S Usama Young (foot)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin), RB Marcel Reece (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
Thursday G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin), RB Marcel Reece (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
Friday WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle), S Usama Young (foot)
Friday G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), RB Marcel Reece (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee), DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle), S Usama Young (foot)
Friday QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee), DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle), S Usama Young (foot)
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