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Highlighting the big plays in the Cardinals Packers thriller

First off I want to say this was one of the most entertaining games I’ve seen in a while. The NFL is amazing. The Cardinals beat the Packers 27-20.

The first play was this Carson Palmer pass that was tipped by Larry Fitzgerlad then later caught by Michael Floyd for a touchdown.

With the Packers season on the line on 4 and 20 from the 5 yard line Aaron Rodgers went to work hitting Jeff Janis for a bomb and later hitting him on a crazy Hail Mary.

In overtime Larry Fitzgerald took over as he had a great catch and run to get the ball inside the 10 yard line and later scoring.

Two things I took from this game Rodgers is really the best and Fitzgerald isn’t over with. We just saw greatness with our own eyes.

Logan Thomas received “Air Gordon” treatment

At the beginning of the week Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians named Logan Thomas the starting quarterback for the season finale against the San Francisco 49ers. All seemed well for Thomas and then the rug got pulled from under him as Arians stated he was going back to underwhelming starter Ryan Lindley. If you saw Lindley play the last few weeks this can’t be abode of confidence for the young Thomas. Reading into this from the outside seems like a clue Drew Stanton might not be ready for the playoffs?

This post isn’t solely about how Thomas lost his chance to start, it’s about how it reminded me of a Martin episode when Martin in the crew played the ’96 USA’s women basketball team in 3 on 3. Cole said, “Said he had Jordan” which Martin was dumb enough to believe, but it happened to be “Air Gordon” who was an old man who wasn’t in basketball shape at his current state. Martin called Gordon into the game, but he took so long to get into the game he benched him before a play even happened. Dawn Staley, Teresa Edwards, Rebecca Lobo and Sheryl Swoopes laid the smack down, but that was beside the point it was all about the “Air Gordon” scene. Air Gordon you in, Air Gordon you out.

Why did Arians do Thomas like Gordon? Judge me if you want, but the things you think about while at work on the day after Christmas. Hopefully you guys laugh as I did during this random comparison.

Bruce Arians has awesome press conference after Rams game : Video

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has no problem saying what’s on his mind and after beating the St. Louis Rams 12-6 on the road on Thursday Night Football he shot a couple darts at the Rams and doubters.

This was on of the best pressers in a while take a look at the link below. A lot of quotable statements will come from this presser.

We are not dreaming, currently the Arizona Cardinals have control of the NFC West

With Nine Weeks firmly in the books, one thing is for certain and that is the Arizona Cardinals have control of the NFC West. From the outside looking in, it may be shocking to most, but for those who have been paying attention, we all saw the Cardinals barely eked out of the playoffs last year with 10 wins.

The Cardinals are currently 7-1 with a solid two game lead on the Seattle Seahawks and a three game lead on the San Francisco 49ers

Before the season started some experts picked the Cardinals to shock this division and win it, but most circled the Seahawks and 49ers and rightfully so because of how well both teams had performed in the recent years. The Cards have eight games left and five of them are against NFC West foes, they already have beaten the 49ers on their home turf so the rest of the season will be crucial keeping a strangle hold on the NFC West division.

During this year the Cardinals have dealt with major blows and kept the train moving. The first major blow happened in training camp as star DT/DE Darnell Dockett was lost for the season with a knee injury. The second major blow came during the season as QB Carson Palmer missed multiple games with nerve damage in his shoulder. He has since returned and has helped the offensive be more potent. For those expecting a major falloff without Palmer under center were sadly mistaken as backup Drew Stanton did a great job taking over the helm. This teams’ defense is better than advertised as their secondary makes it hard over everybody having Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie on each side of the field.

If they handle their business the rest of the season the NFC West will now have to adjust as the teams had first adjusted to the Niners and Seahawks. Could a changing of the guard be happening on the west coast? As of now no matter how you cut it the Cards have the juice and not even Q seems like he can stop it.

Fantasy Football: Week 1 Sleepers

Finally, the NFL season kicked off last night with the Green Bay Packers facing off against the Seattle Seahawks. Last night’s game was a fantasy nightmare if you had Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, but it was a treat if you had Marshawn Lynch or the Seattle Seahawks defense. We all know that fantasy football is very popular, and we at the The Front Office News wanted to give you some sleepers for week 1. Take a look at our list.

 

Anquan Boldin San Francisco 49ers, WR– Anquan Boldin has a history of having big games in several opening games in his career. Boldin’s debut with the San Francisco 49ers last season was memorable as he racked up 13 receptions to go along with 208 yards, and a touchdown. Boldin will be going up against a weaker Dallas Cowboys secondary with Orlando Scandrick out due to suspension. Boldin is normally not a top-tier fantasy wide receiver, but be sure to keep an eye out on him Sunday in Big D (pause).  Colin Kaepernick and offensive coordinator Greg Roman will look to open up the playbook, and Boldin could reap a lot of the benefits.


 

Montee Ball Denver Broncos, RB– Montee Ball will have a heavy load on his shoulders Sunday. With the departure of Knowshon Moreno and the absence of Wes Welker Peyton Manning will be required to rely on Ball a lot more. All eyes will obviously be on Peyton Manning as they face his former team, but I feel that Montee Ball can sneak in and have a big game. When Peyton has a steady running game he is hard to beat, and in this case Ball can be the answer for Manning this Sunday against the Colts.


 

Arizona Cardinals Defense/ST– The Arizona Cardinals defense will be missing Darnell Dockett, but Tyrann “The Honeybadger” Mathieu was cleared to play for Monday night. The Cardinals defense will have their hands full with Philip Rivers, but the Cardinals plays lights out while they are at home. The Cardinals will also receive a boost with Ted Ginn Jr anchoring the return game for the Cards.

These are our sleepers for Week 1, we’ll see you again next week.

 

 

 

4 Fantasy Football Sleepers: 2014 Edition

We are back for our annual top 4 fantasy sleepers post. This year my homie Mr. Ross helped me pick the four. Last year I didn’t do so hot, Jordan Cameron did well though, but everyone else still stayed semi sleep.

Check out who we picked this year.

tannehillRyan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins- Tannehill is in his 3rd year and this is normally the year fringe quarterbacks make a jump to fantasy stardom. Tannehill threw for a shade under 4,000 yards last year and I expect him to clear that benchmark this season. He threw for 24 touchdowns, but had 17 interceptions along with 6 fumbles, which can make you scratch your head, but with the line influx last year who can blame him for having a ton of turnovers. He will be a steal as a 2nd quarterback if you draft a shaky number 1. He may because a solid fantasy starter this year so keep your eyes pilled.

Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals- Ellington is a dual threat back who received split time with Rashard Mendenhall still was able to have over 1,000 combined yards for the season. With Mendenhall out of the picture I wouldn’t be surprised if Ellington jumps to a must start weekly player. I’m banking on him to increase his total yards to the 1,600-1,700 area. This guy might save your team.

cordarrelle pattersonCordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings- Patterson has speed to burn and in his 2nd year I expect him to make a major jump. During his rookie season he has 45 catches, 469 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns with Matt Cassel, Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder throwing him the ball. This year it will be Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater so I personally year he will be in the 70-80 catch, 900-1100 yard and 7-9 touchdown range. I think Patterson will be a strong #2 option.

KELCETravis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs- Kelce was on the IR for the whole season last year. So he has no stats to compare, so this is a win-win for me lol. He’s currently #2 on the depth chart behind Anthony Fasano, which I see changing in the near future. Kelce has been tearing it up during the preseason showing a great blend of size and speed. He’s also a UC grad and an Ohio native so that gives him bonus points this way. I won’t make a stat prediction, but he will be a strong #2 option with #1 potential by the end of the season.

These are our picks. Let me know who you think is a sleeper in the comment box.

Patrick Peterson’s new contract one ups Richard Sherman’s

Wednesday Patrick Peterson signed a five year $70 million deal with $48 million guaranteed to stay with the Arizona Cardinals and to become the highest paid cornerback in the NFL at the same damn time.

Cardinals Camp FootballDuring downtime everybody likes to argue who is the best corner in the NFL. When Richard Sherman signed his four year $57 million deal with $40 million guaranteed there were a lot of grumblings saying how much would Peterson get in return.  They both have used twitter to voice to the masses who they thought was the best corner. Sherman has two of the best safeties’ in football behind him, plays a cover 3 and normally doesn’t follow the best receiver around. Peterson normally follows the best receiver around and plays more man to man, which a lot of people covet when clarifying who is the best corner.

Sherman/Peterson Twitter Beef link.

Peterson has made the pro bowl 3xs and all pro twice, while Sherman has made the pro bowl once and all pro twice. Sherman leads with 20 interceptions to Peterson’s 12. They both have been in the NFL for three years.

Peterson received more guaranteed money, but also an extra year to his contract so in the grand scheme of things barring injury Sherman has to a chance to sign a new sooner which will net him more cash. At the end of the day Peterson’s final check (maybe because it’s football) has been signed for a higher dollar amount than Sherman so his bank account wins this battle.

The great thing about this beef is they both play in the same division so they will see each other twice a year at least.

 

Fitzgerald played it smart

larry-fitzgerald pro bowlLarry Fitzgerald restructured his deal for the 2014 season. If you didn’t look at the details you would think the Cardinals got over on Larry, but after research they both win. This situation doesn’t happen a lot for the player, where the player wins that is.

Fitzgerald was due to be a $18 million cap hit in ’14 for his $12.75 million due. With the restructure Fitz will get a $11.75 million signing bonus and $ 1 million as a base salary. With the adjustments his cap hit will only be $8.6 million this season. His cap hits will increase during the other years remaining on his current deal, but I’m pretty sure Fitz will help them as he did this year when the time comes.

Fitz had a down 2013 season by his standards, but he battled a lot of injuries, which he played through. Even with a slightly down season he made the Pro Bowl and helped the Cardinals win 10 games. I’m not high on Carson Palmer, but he has brought stability to the QB position in Arizona just looking at the improvements of Fitz from 12 to 13, also Floyd has become a threat .

This move gives the Cards more flexibility and keeps their franchise player happy.

Oh yeah, the NFC West keeps looking more dangerous by the day.

49ers Phil Dawson makes game winning field goal

Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers down the field with less than a minute left. Leading to a 40 yard field goal that was knocked down by Phil Dawson.

Thanks Phil for helping the 9ers head in to the playoffs in fashion.

Next week is Green Bay at Lambeau.

Check out the game winning kick.