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QB struggles begin to impact Cardinals DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2014) The Cardinals DST scored just one Fantasy point in standard CBSSports.com leagues Week 16 against Seattle, interrupting a stretch of 10 games in which it averaged 15.1, and the Cardinals' offensive woes may have had something to do with it.

Specifically, they've been unable to find a decent quarterback since losing Carson Palmer to injury in Week 10. Backup Drew Stanton at least mounted some kind of threat, but with him sidelined by a sprained knee in Week 16, the Cardinals had to turn to third-stringer Ryan Lindley. He turned the ball over twice without once leading his team into the end zone, completing less than half of his passes in the process.

The quick trips back to the sideline gave the Seahawks more chances to pile up points and yards, and they did, finishing with 35 and 596. Only one other time have the Cardinals allowed more than 30 points in a game, and the 596 yards were a season high. Worse yet, they were lacking in big plays, recording one sack with no takeaways.

Fortunately, the Cardinals will take on a struggling 49ers offense in Week 17, so even if Lindley is back under center, the DST at least has a chance of a respectable performance. Still, if you've been relying on it all season, you might want to make sure there isn't an appealing matchups play on the waiver wire.


Cardinals DST continues to impress


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) The Cardinals defense put together a strong performance in Week 14, in a 17-14 win over the Chiefs.

The Cardinals allowed 390 yards of offense, and largely shut the Chiefs down in the second half of the game. The Chiefs were held off the board after halftime, and the Cardinals came up with five sacks and forced two turnovers to come out on top in the defensive struggle.

The Cardinals DST has been among the best in the game all season long, and have now scored at least 10 Fantasy points in nine of the last 10 games. They could continue their success in Week 15, with the Rams on the schedule. The Cardinals had 32 Fantasy points in their last matchup with the Rams. 


Touchdown bails out Cardinals DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/30/2014) The Cardinals didn't have a particularly strong defensive showing Week 13 at Atlanta, allowing 500 yards of offense. Of course, the defense deserves some credit for limiting the Falcons to just 29 points on those 500 yards.

A big reason why was the Cardinals' defensive touchdown, which came on an 88-yard interception return by Rashad Johnson early in the second quarter after the Falcons had driven 55 yards. Of course, it was the Cardinals' lone takeaway of the game, and they also had just one sack.

The Cardinals DST was coming off a three-game stretch in which it recorded 17 sacks and a seven-game stretch in which it recorded double-digit Fantasy points in CBSSports.com leagues, so it remains a reliable Fantasy unit despite this lackluster performance. Even with a so-so matchup Week 14 against Kansas City, it should probably be active in most Fantasy formats.


Cardinals keep piling up the sacks


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2014) Facing a Seahawks team that had surrendered just 20 sacks coming into the game, the Cardinals recorded a season-high seven Week 12 at Seattle, giving them 17 in their last three games after recording eight in their first eight.

It was a strong defensive performance overall. They allowed just 19 points, their fourth straight game giving up fewer than 20, on 293 yards. In terms of Fantasy production, the Cardinals DST has averaged 16.1 points in its last seven games, making it the second-best unit for the season. With another favorable matchup Week 13 at Atlanta, it's looking like a no-brainer in Fantasy.


Cardinals defense keeps rolling in dominant win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Cardinals defense shut the Lions down in Week 11, in a 14-6 win Sunday.

The Lions managed just 262 yards of total offense against the Cardinals, as the defense showed no signs of weakness. The Cardinals forced one turnover in the win, and sacked quarterback Matthew Stafford four times en route to a 16-point Fantasy effort.

The Cardinals DST unit is enjoying quite an impressive run, having recorded 10 or more Fantasy points in six straight games. They will look to keep the streak up in Week 12 against the Seahawks.


Cardinals take care of backup quarterback


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/2/2014) Facing backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, who started in place of the injured Tony Romo, the Cardinals were as good as you'd expect defensively Week 9 at Dallas, allowing 17 points on 266 yards.

Neither was a season best (or even a three-week best thanks to Week 7 at Oakland), but both give reason to believe the Cardinals DST is here to stay despite a lackluster showing Week 8 against Philadelphia. The Cardinals also had one sack and two interceptions in the contest.

With perhaps its most favorable matchup yet Week 10 against St. Louis, the Cardinals DST should remain active in all Fantasy formats.


Cardinals DST forces three turnovers in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) The Cardinals managed to slow down the Eagles offense enough to come away with a 24-20 win in Week 8.

The Cardinals DST unit racked up their third double-digit Fantasy scoring game in a row Sunday, on the strength of three turnovers forced. They did little otherwise, allowing 411 yards of total offense while failing to record a single sack in the win.

The Cardinals have posted three straight games with at least 10 Fantasy points, a streak they will be putting on the line in Week 9 against the Cowboys. 


Cardinals DBs Peterson, Jefferson both in concussion protocol


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters during his Monday news conference that defensive backs Patrick Peterson and Tony Jefferson are both going through the league-mandated concussion protocol, according to the Arizona Republic.

Both players left Week 8 with the brain injury and will need to be medically cleared in order to play Week 9 at Dallas.


Cardinals DE Calais Campbel limited in practice Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, according to the team's official website. He has missed the last two games after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain against Denver in Week 5. Campbell, who practiced for the first time since the injury, told reporters earlier in the week that he's hopeful of playing Week 8 against Philadelphia.

Cardinals DL Calais Campbell could practice later in the week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he is hoping defensive end Calais Campbell, who has missed the last two games due to a knee injury, will return to practice later in the week.

Campbell has totaled 16 tackles, one sack and one interception in four games. The Cardinals play the Eagles in Week 8.


Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson being evaluated for knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday safety Rashad Johnson is being evaluated for a possible patellar tendon injury. However, he could be dealing with severe tendinitis.

Johnson has totaled 36 tackles (32 solo), two interceptions and one sack through six games. He also has one touchdown and two pass defenses.


Cardinals keep points off board again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) Though they didn't intercept three passes and return one for a touchdown like in Week 6 against Washington, the Cardinals had another strong defensive showing Week 7 at Oakland, limiting a Raiders offense that appeared to hit its stride against the Chargers one week earlier to 13 points on 220 yards. Both were season bests for the Cardinals, which is saying something considering they've allowed fewer than 20 points in four of six games this season.

They had only one notable play on the defensive side of the ball -- a sack by Larry Foote in the second quarter -- but they had a successful showing in Fantasy regardless. Apart from Week 5 at Denver, an understandable time to fall short, the Cardinals DST has been as consistent as they come in Fantasy.

It has an iffy matchup Week 8 against Philadelphia, but in standard 12-team leagues, the Cardinals DST is probably worth starting again.


Cardinals defense seems to like having an offense


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) The Cardinals defense seemed to respond well to having some help with quarterback Carson Palmer back from a shoulder injury Week 6 against Washington, turning in arguably its best performance of the season. Though they allowed 20 points on 107 yards, the Cardinals sacked Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins twice and intercepted him three times, returning one 28 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. They also recovered a fumble.

With Drew Stanton under center, the Cardinals needed the defense to carry the load after Palmer went down in Week 1, and it was up to the challenge until getting blown out by Peyton Manning and company in Week 5. Now with an offense backing it, the Cardinals defense no longer has to play so tight and turned in some big plays as a result. It has the personnel to do more of that going forward.

The Cardinals DST is a good bet for another big performance Week 7 at Oakland. True, the Raiders hung 28 points on the Chargers in Week 6, but they've still allowed the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to DSTs this season.


Cardinals LB Matt Shaughnessy placed on short-term IR list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Cardinals linebacker Matt Shaughnessy was placed on the injured reserve/designated for return list because of knee cartilage damage, head coach Bruce Arians told the media on Monday, per the team's official website. The injury is expected to keep him out of action for approximately six weeks. 

Cardinals DE Calais Campbell to miss 1-3 weeks with MCL strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters during a press conference on Monday that defensive end Calais Campbell has a Grade 2 MCL strain, according to the Arizona Republic. Campbell does not have a tear and is expected to miss 1-3 weeks moving forward.

Campbell suffered the injury on an illegal chop block by Broncos tight end Julius Thomas in Week 5. Arians called it the dirtiest play he's ever seen in his 37 years of coaching.


Cardinals perform as expected against Broncos


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) As could have been expected, the Cardinals DST didn't stand much of a chance Week 5 at Denver, not with Peyton Manning setting a career high in passing yards and Demaryius Thomas setting a franchise record for receiving yards. In all, the Broncos scored 41 points on 568 yards. Before then, the Cardinals hadn't allowed more than 17 points or 341 yards in a game.

The Cardinals were lacking in big plays as well. They did intercept Manning twice but had one sack and no fumble recoveries. They have only four sacks all season.

With its toughest matchup behind it, the Cardinals DST is a good bet to bounce back Week 6 against Washington, which has allowed the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to DSTs this season.


Rashad Johnson practices Monday despite broken thumb


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson suffered a broken thumb Week 3 against the 49ers, according to the team's official website. Though, Johnson was able to practice Monday with his hand wrapped in a cast, which was the team's first practice after its Week 4 bye.

Antonio Cromartie expected to play after the bye


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said cornerback Antonio Cromartie's knee injury is not serious and he is expected to play in the team's next game Week 5 at Denver. Arians said Cromartie has been diagnosed with a bone bruise and won't practice this week.

Deone Bucannon dealing with mild foot sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday safety Deone Bucannon is dealing with a mild foot sprain following Sunday's game against the 49ers. The Cardinals are on a bye Week 4 before returning to action Week 5 at Denver.

Report: Antonio Cromartie avoids ACL tear


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Cardinals received some good news on cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who left Sunday's game against the 49ers due to a knee injury, according to FOX Sports 910 AM. Cromartie avoided an ACL tear, and has been diagnosed with a hyperextended knee and bone bruise.

Cardinals defense plays huge role in Week 3 comeback win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Cardinals defense shutout the 49ers in the second half Sunday, which allowed the offense to rally from a 14-6 halftime deficit and secure a 23-14 win Week 3.

The 49ers, who had a pair of first-half touchdowns, finished with 318 yards, including 82 rushing yards. 

The Cardinals defensive forced no turnovers and recorded one sack. Safety Tony Jefferson totaled a team-high 10 tackles (eight solo) and had the quarterback takedown of Colin Kaepernick. Safety Rashad Johnson had eight solo tackles and safety Tyrann Mathieu had six solo tackles.

The Cardinals are on a Week 4 bye before returning to action Week 5 at Denver.


Antonio Cromartie headed for MRI on knee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after Sunday's win against the 49ers cornerback Antonio Cromartie injured the same knee he has had surgery on in the past. He will get an MRI.

Cardinals list Week 3 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Cardinals punter Dave Zastudil, linebacker Victor Butler, linebacker Glenn Carson, linebacker Alex Okafor, defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu and tight end Rob Housler were all ruled inactive Week 3 vs. San Francisco.

Report: Cardinals placing John Abraham on IR


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Cardinals are placing linebacker John Abraham on injured reserve due to ongoing concussion issues, ESPN.com reports Friday.

Abraham had left the team last week after suffering from memory loss due to concussions, but returned to the team shortly after. Unfortunately, he was never able to get through the concussion protocol, and the team has apparently opted to end his season rather than allow him to try and return. 


John Abraham yet to pass concussion protocol


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cardinals linebacker John Abraham didn't pass the concussion protocol Tuesday, FOXSports.com reports. Abraham will attempt to be cleared Wednesday as he looks to return from his Week 1 injury.