by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/15/14) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday linebacker John Abraham, who left the team after suffering a concussion Week 1 against the Chargers, will return to the team this week. Arians said Abraham will be back at the team's complex Tuesday and working toward getting cleared from his recent concussion.
Cardinals force four turnovers in Week 2 win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Cardinals ended up allowing 341 yards (81 rushing) Week 2 against the Giants, but Arizona forced four turnovers, which was key in a 25-14 win.
Arizona forced two interceptions and two fumbles Sunday. They also sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning two times.
The special teams unit also got involved in the win, as returner Ted Ginn brought back a punt 71 yards for a touchdown with 10:10 remaining, giving Arizona the go-ahead score.
The Cardinals are back in action Week 3 vs. San Francisco.
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/9/14) The Cardinals DST did a nice job limiting the Chargers offensively in Monday's 18-17 win, but the unit came up with very few big plays. Arizona held San Diego to 290 total yards and just 2.2 yards per carry.
Cornerback Jerraud Powers intercepted Philip Rivers on a crossing route, his eighth career interception. Arizona recorded no sacks and was unable to recover a Rivers fumble.
The Cardinals DST has a chance to create more turnovers Week 2 when it visits the Giants.
Cardinals DST carries more risk than last year
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/3/14) The Cardinals DST finished sixth in Fantasy points last season while ranking first against the run. This is not that defense.
Arizona lost defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (torn ACL) and linebackers Karlos Dansby (free agency) and Daryl Washington (suspension), among others. That trio accounted for 14 sacks, six interceptions, two touchdowns and a fumble recovery. Linebacker John Abraham (11.5 sacks) reported late to camp following a DUI arrest and at age 36 is unlikely to repeat his 2013 production.
Monday night, Arizona hosts an efficient Chargers' team that gave up the eighth-fewest Fantasy points (7.3 per game) to DSTs last year. Consider the Cardinals DST a low-end starting option at best.
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The Cardinals DST continues to be among the best Fantasy units for the past two years. They were No. 11 in Fantasy points in 2012 and No. 6 last season. The unit produced 47 sacks, 20 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries, five touchdowns and two safeties. That's consecutive seasons with 20-plus interceptions, 10-plus fumble recoveries and 38-plus sacks. The NFC West is loaded with quality DST options since the Seahawks (No. 1), 49ers (No. 5) and Rams (No. 7) joined the Cardinals as Top 10 options. We expect the Cardinals DST to remain an elite Fantasy option, and they are worth drafting as a No. 1 unit in all formats.