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GUARD THE NEST

UPDATE (12/14): With the win in St. Louis and the Philadelphia loss, the Cardinals have indeed clinched a playoff berth! Meanwhile, the Green Bay loss also puts clinching the 1-seed in play for Week 16. An Arizona win against Seattle would clinch the division AND should clinch the 1-seed as well (I calculate that we have clinched the strength-of-victory tie-breaker over Green Bay in this scenario). However, should we lose to Seattle but win the division with a win over San Francisco and a loss by Seattle to St. Louis, Green Bay would have the tie-breaker on common games. More to come later this week. . .

GUARD THE NEST

- - - - - With our playoff aspirations in jeopardy, Arizona returned home and took care of business against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, mixed in with our usual second-half defensive shut-out effort were a few new wrinkles. Cooper started at left guard and helped clear the way for newly signed running back Kerwynn Williams. That's not to say that our offense exploded for 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns, but the 100-yard effort was sufficient to keep the Chiefs guessing and allowed the passing game to sustain enough drives to score enough points to claim victory, 17-14.
- - - - - Meanwhile, it's not like Cooper is ready to polish his Hall of Fame bust just yet either. His first series left a lot to be desired, but as the game wore on, he followed through with his blocks, chipping defenders in the second level to turn 2-yard gains into 5-yard gains. The single touchdown by the Cardinals on a third-and-long would be enough to put us over the top, though it wouldn't be easy, needing a gutsy challenge on a Kansas City fumble to ultimately preserve the victory.
- - - - - Defensively, Alex Okafor stood out with solid pass rushing around the right tackle, with a critical interception to pull points off the board. Campbell, Rucker, Kelly, and Shaughnessy all contributed heavily on the defensive front, keeping the Chiefs off the board the entire second half. The biggest disappointment has to be Chandler Catanzaro's two misses off the goalposts, and if this shakiness is to continue, games will be lost because of him.

NEXT WEEK, @ ST. LOUIS RAMS: While we have an impressive track record shutting out opponents with our second-half adjustments, St. Louis has an ever more eye-popping defensive streak on the line. A defense with two consecutive games within giving up a single point will challenge our efforts to clinch a playoff berth in Week 15. An Arizona victory eliminates the Rams and Vikings, and would clinch at least a wildcard berth for the Cardinals if the Dallas-Philadelphia doesn't end in a tie, OR if Detroit loses to Minnesota (by my count, we have already clinched the strength-of-victory tie-breaker over Green Bay in the only scenario where it would matter for clinching purposes); other sources state we must couple a Detroit loss with a Green Bay win over Buffalo. I don't see it like that, so here is what I have, for the clinch:

  • ARI win + DAL loss
  • or ARI win + PHI loss
  • or ARI win + DET loss

My prediction, Cards win, 12-10.

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"THE CARDINALS ARE CHARGING"

THE CARDINALS ARE CHARGING
LET'S CHEER THEM ON THEIR WAY
LET'S SHOUT OUT WITH ALL OUR MIGHT
WE'LL SHOW 'EM HOW A TEAM CAN FIGHT
FOR VICTORY AND GLORY
WILL MAKE OUR JOY SUPREME
THE PRIDE OF ARIZONA
OUR ARIZONA CARDINAL TEAM

"The Cardinals Are Charging" was written for both the St. Louis Baseball and Football Cardinals on June 29, 1960. Although the baseball team stopped using the march several years later, the fight song can still be heard at all home football games for the now Arizona Cardinals. The music and words were composed by songwriters Irving Bibo (1889-1962) and Larry Kent. Originally, the lyrics had "all St. Louis" in place of "Arizona" (Line 7), and "St. Louis" instead of "Arizona" (Line 8). Download from the following versions: Real Audio, and MIDI.
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