Cardinals Fall Apart in Second Half; Lose to Lions in Bad Loss 35-23

The Cardinals on Sunday got off to a 10-0 lead on the Detroit Lions and seemed to have things well in control. That’s when the defense suddenly forget how to play in the secondary.

Matthew Stafford torched the Cards defense for 292 yards and four scores, and the Cards were outscored 26-10 in the second half for an ugly 35-23 loss to open the 2017 season.

“I definitely think we showed some good things out there. We just didn’t finish like we should have,” Cards Justin Bethel said after the loss.

The Cardinals offense was very up and down, as Carson Palmer was 27 of 48 for 269 yards with three interceptions, one shy of his career high, and threw a 1-yard TD pass to J.J. Nelson in the final minutes.

The team also has a huge injury scare as running back David Johnson will have a MRI on Monday for a wrist injury. He may miss a few games, or as one report stated, possibly half the season.

“Anytime you lose, you’re unhappy,” linebacker Markus Golden said. “We just have to go back and grind.”

Palmer never really got into sync with the offense, and ended the day 27-of-48 for 269 yards, one touchdown and the three turnovers. “I’m just disappointed in myself,” he said. “I thought the offense was OK.”

‘Ok’ is not enough to get the job done against a team like the Lions, and it showed on Sunday.

NFL Week One Inactives – Cardinals at Lions

Cardinals:

Deone Bucannon (LB)
Alani Fua (LB)
Ronald Zamort (CB)
Robert Nkemdiche (DT)
Blaine Gabbert (QB)
Chad Williams (WR)
Scooby Wright (LB)

Lions:

Khyri Thornton (DT)
Brandon Chubb (LB)
Armonty Bryant (DE)
Kerry Hyder (DT)
Mike James (RB)
Brandon Copeland (LB)
Jordan Hill (DT)

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill Makes Sure Kurt Warner Gets to Canton, Ohio

Stranded at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago due to a weather delay, Kurt Warner’s family received a first-class upgrade to a private jet so they could get to Warner’s Hall of Fame festivities in Canton, Ohio. Warner, the Super Bowl-winning former MVP, will be inducted into the Hall on Saturday, Scott Gleeson of USA Today reports.

The travel upgrade came courtesy of Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, who sent the private jet to Chicago to pick up Warner’s traveling party of 13.

Warner, who most memorably played for the Cardinals and St. Louis Rams in his HOF career, had a party scheduled for Thursday night and tweeted at United Airlines to “help a HOFer out” since there was only one flight to Cleveland that would allow his family to arrive on time.

Bidwill to the rescue. Thanks to the last-minute pick-up, Warner’s family made it just in time.

Cardinals Add Cornerback Jarell Carter

The Cardinals have added another cornerback after losing Ronald Zamort over the weekend – adding Jarell Carter earlier today.

The team announced on Monday that they have signed cornerback Jarell Carter to their 90-man roster. Cornerback Ronald Zamort, who tore his ACL over the weekend, and linebacker Alani Fua have been waived/injured in order to create space on the roster.

If both players clear waivers, they will revert to injured reserve or work out an injury settlement to become a free agent.

Carter went undrafted out of Trinity International University this year and went to rookie minicamp with the Bears, but his tryout did not result in a contract. The Cardinals are looking for a cornerback to start across from Patrick Peterson, although Carter’s likely path to making the team comes as a backup and special teams player.

Who’s Ready For Football Season??

Fall is fast approaching and that means one thing: Football is back. Well, it also means the start of the holiday season, pumpkin flavored everything, and back-to-back family gatherings, but football is the main thing we are concerned with.

Are you ready to be the best fan you can be? Here are three ways to ensure you are the most loyal Cardinals fan ever to walk this great state.

Do you have the latest Cardinals gear? If not, you need to make sure you do before kickoff this fall. You can’t be seen in last seasons faded, ripped jersey that is most likely a jinx at this point. Go to your local sports retailer, or jump online and be sure to check out the latest in all things Cardinals fan gear.

Make sure you can see the dang game! Whether you’re here, at the stadium in person, visiting the team at an away game, or watching from the comfort of your own couch, make sure you don’t miss any pass, run, throw, touchdown there is. How can you do this? By making sure your contacts are in, and in perfect condition by utilizing the great coupons 1800Contacts has going on right now. Be sure your contacts are so fresh and so clean so you can see the Cardinals take it to victory.

Attend a home game, and support your local city. The best way to show your support for your team is to support the city it thrives in. What’s better than putting money back into the town, creating jobs, and enjoying your favorite team kick their opponent butt than being right there in the action. Season tickets have become more affordable and even group rates have gone down. Grab a bunch of your best buds and make a day out of it!

There are many cities, many teams, and many fans. But none of which compare to the Arizona Cardinals. Show this city and this team what a loyal fan you are by updating your fan gear, making sure your eyes are in tip-top shape to see every play, and attending a home game every once in awhile!

Cardinals to Sit Down with Former Packers and Browns CB Tramon Williams

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Former Browns cornerback Tramon Williams is flying to Arizona for a visit with the Arizona Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports citing a source.

The 34 year old cornerback was released by the Browns in February. Williams also played with the Packers for 9 seasons.

Cardinals to Visit with Veteran CB Brandon Flowers on Wednesday

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The Cardinals are one of two teams showing interest in former Chargers and Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the safety will be in Arizona on Wednesday visiting with the Cardinals, and that he has already been in chats with the Super Bowl Champion Patriots.

The 31-year-old Flowers finished last year on injured reserve with the latest in a series of concussions, which led to some concerns about his future.

The Cardinals are looking for answers at their number two corner spot, and coach Bruce Arians has declared the competition “wide open.” They apparently are opening it up beyond the options on the current roster.

WR Larry Fitzgerald Talks About Retirement – Said No Tears Will Be Shed

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Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald may retire after this season. Then again, he may not.

All he knows for certain is that whenever he hangs up his cleats, he’d rather retire than be retired, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Fitzgerald ducked the question of whether 2017 will be his final season in the NFL during his first press conference of training camp on Sunday.

“I feel good right now,” Fitzgerald said. “When that changes, I’ll let you know.”

Fitzgerald explained that, if he does retire, this year, it won’t be announced behind a podium and he won’t shed any tears. “That’s not how I am,” he said. “I’m just one player out of 1,600 in the National Football League and it’s a lot bigger than me. It’s never going to be like that.”

Fitzgerald, who sits third on the NFL’s all-time receptions list heading into next season, said one thing that’s kept him coming back year after year is trying to get that elusive Super Bowl ring. It’s become his main priority.

“That’s huge,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s the only reason I’m playing at this point. From a personal standpoint and the things I’ve accomplished, they’re fine. But the thing that you will say is out of you control because you’re in a team sport, is a championship.”

“The end is never really pretty for elite athletes,” Fitzgerald said. “It never looks good for the most time. You watch Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards uniform or see Tony Dorsett playing for the Denver Broncos or Shaquille O’Neal playing for the Boston Celtics. It’s weird because you’re used to seeing them play at their most dominant stage, or Willie Mays running around with bad knees 20 years in. It’s not pretty but for me, I really want to be able to play and do things at a high level and be able to walk away and still be someone who can play at a high level.”

“I don’t really make any decisions based on anybody else,” Fitzgerald said. “I never really have. I don’t know what the future holds. That’s why this year is so much more important because we don’t have to think about what we’re doing after Feb. 4. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is the day until then and how we can improve and get better and do what we need to do to give ourselves an opportunity to just get into the playoffs and possibly win the division and try to win the NFC championship game and get to the Super Bowl.”

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