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What stood out in the Cardinals 18-15 win over the 49ers?

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In the ugliest game so far in this young season, the Cardinals somehow managed to eek out a win. Like, I literally had this entire article ready to go, assuming the Cards were going to lose (because that’s what I’ve been conditioned to after 20 years of Cardinals football).

With that shameful admission, I deflect with this: Larry Fitzgerald, I am so glad the Cardinals drafted you. The greatest Cardinal to ever wear the uniform.

The Good:

Well somehow they won. Phil Dawson was perfect on the day.

The J. Browns had a fantastic day. Having John back was huge for the passing game, and Jaron had an incredible day. Tough catches and forcing penalties are a big reason the Cardinals won today.

Andre Ellington should have had a TD, and if the offensive line wasn’t an assembly of bums off Van Buren, he would have had a career day. The 9 receptions (including a sick 1 hander), 86 yards in the air, plus a paltry 18 on the ground got the re-surging Ellington over a 100 yards on the day.

The Bad:

The offensive line is going to get a lot of hate this week. I really like my “bums from Van Buren” comment so I want to highlight that. They aren’t in the ugly column because they had a first time starter at LG and a backup LT and somehow did enough to give Palmer enough time to hit Larry for the game winning TD.

The secondary looks good on paper, but if you add in all those easy drops the 49ersWRs/TEs/Rbs had, it could have been an even uglier day. The defense is too predictable at times but did enough, against a better QB they would have been spit roasted.

The run game. Read: Offensive line, bums, etc, above.

Palmer taking that many hits is scary. Just what else is there to say.

The Ugly:

Markus Golden’s injury. I really hope it’s a sprain and not what we all dread. He hasn’t been racking up sacks, but he’s been getting pressures and solid in the run game. Would be a big loss.

Penalties: Almost cost the Cardinals the game in overtime. Just too many dumb penalties.

The Cardinals chances at a winning season. If they can barely squeak by an 0-3 team at home, then what hope is there to win against the EaglesBuccaneers and Rams in the next three games? The offensive line needs to be figured out, but with the injuries, it doesn’t look good.

What was your good, bad and ugly this week?

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Bleeding Green Nation’s game-by-game preview of the Eagles‘ 2017 schedule continues today with Philadelphia’s Week 5 opponent: the Arizona Cardinals. (Click here for the Week 4 preview.)

The 2016 Cardinals had a below average offense, a strong defense, and a bad special teams unit. Put it all together and Arizona finished with a 7-8-1 record just one year after going to the NFC Championship Game.

Like the Eagles last year, the Cardinals may have been a little better than their record indicates. Arizona finished with the seventh best point differential in the NFL (+56), which is the highest total of any team that didn’t make the playoffs.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Cardinals be a formidable team in 2017. They still have a number of talented players on their roster. Running back David Johnson is one of the best offensive weapons in the league right now due to his ability to contribute as both a runner and receiver. Arizona’s defense is still strong and features the likes of Patrick PetersonTyrann MathieuChandler Jones, Deone Buccannon, etc. Though I don’t like to admit it because he’s annoying, Bruce Arians is a good coach who gives his team a chance to win more often than not.

With all that said, Carson Palmer is a big x-factor for this team. He regressed in 2016 after having an MVP-worthy season two years ago. Palmer turns 38 this season so he’s reaching the end of his career. He reportedly gave thought to retiring this offseason before ultimately deciding to come back.

This game has the potential to be tough for the Eagles. The Cardinals should be beatable away from their home stadium, though, especially if Palmer isn’t playing up to snuff.

Here’s a more in-depth look at the Cardinals from our SB Nation associates over at Revenge Of The Birds.

Notable free agent additions:

Antoine Bethea, Jarvis JonesKarlos Dansby,

Notable free agent departures:

Calais CampbellTony JeffersonD.J. SwearingerMarcus CooperKevin Minter


Traded 2nd and 4th picks in 2017 NFL Draft for Budda Baker. Traded 3rd round pick in 2017 NFL Draft for late 3rd (Chad Williams) and 4th (Dorian Johnson) round pick in 2017 NFL Draft.

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As the 2016 high school football season comes to an end, order not one, rx but two local teams find themselves playing in the final game of the season. Temecula’s Rancho Christian Eagles (11-2) continue to ride the success from their regular season along with the Murrieta Valley Nighthawks (11-2) as both teams look to end their storybook seasons victoriously.

After claiming their first ever South Valley League Championship this season, thumb the Eagles made it through the semifinals with a 28-21 win over Godinez High School and went on to face South El Monte (11-2) in the semifinals of the Division 13 bracket Friday, Nov. 25.

It would be Rancho Christian’s second half performance that was the key difference as they defeated South El Monte 42-28 to advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 13 Championship game Friday, Dec. 2. The two teams fought to a 14-14 tie as they headed to the lockeroom at halftime. The Eagles jumped ahead 21-14 on the second play of the third quarter as junior QB, Jaden Schieberl, scored on a 69-yard run, which was his third touchdown of the night. Sophomore Malosi Napoleon would score on the Eagles next possession, running the ball in from 30 yards out.

South El Monte cut the lead to a single TD on a quarterback keeper play, but Rancho Christian drove right back down the field with Schieberl scoring his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run with 9:30 left in the game. Sophomore Jojo Saatzer came up a clutch interception that he ran back 20-yards and Napoleon turned out the lights on South El Monte with an 8-yard run to put the game away 42-21.

South El Monte’s QB, Daniel Olmos would get the final score on a late fourth quarter run. He completed 10 of his 14 passes for 111 yards and ran for 69 more. Running back, Sal Tovar ended up running for 145 yards on 22 carries, caught two passes for 22 yards and had a TD.

Schieberl rushed for 236 yards on 15 carries for Rancho Christian and Napoleon added another 110 yards with his 14 touches. Junior place kicker Emma Baker was a perfect 6 for 6 in her PAT attempts.

Rancho Christian will be home Saturday, Dec. 3, to face Santa Ana. The Undefeated Saints (13-0), champions of the Golden West League, are back in a CIF Final for the first time since 1986. Coach Charlie TeGantvoort’s team has scored over 400 points while barely allowing 150. QB Damien Macias and RB Jorge Briseno lead the o?ense while Kevin Cea anchors the strong defense. Santa Ana seeks the schools seventh CIF title. Rancho Christian arrives at its first CIF final game. The Eagles, champions of the South Valley League, have won eight games in a row, scoring over 460 points and barely allowed 250. The Eagles rushing attack has combined for over 45 TDs, while Nicholas Alvarez has 13.5 sacks for a team nearing 50 total sacks on the season. Rancho Christian looks to win the programs first CIF title.

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ometimes, seek it’s OK to lose a game if players can learn from the experience.

Although winning is always the main goal, there may come a time when the ball doesn’t consistently bounce a team’s way, and that squad may find itself on the wrong end of a result.

For Tulare Western, as odd as it may seem, losing has become a small part of the Mustangs’ success — its provided motivation.

After being eliminated by San Joaquin Memorial in the Central Section Division III semifinals last year, that uneasy feeling set in during the offseason.

That loss provided hunger, and the Mustangs’ taste for victory lingered.

So during the offseason — from January until July — the Mustangs put in work, extra work, if needed, to never again endure that same feeling on that fateful day in November 2015.

“That loss made us want to work harder,” Mustangs senior Josh Portillo said. “It was tough, especially for those seniors, to end the season that way.”

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles are tweaking the narrative, and just in time to soften the fall.

Following a 27-13 loss Monday night to the Green Bay Packers, head coach Doug Pederson stated his belief that the Eagles are heading in the right direction despite dropping six of their last eight to plummet from 3-0 to 5-6.

“Look at the effort,” he said. “I think you might look at wins and losses. I’ve got to look at the potential of the football team and the guys that we have. Are we there yet? No. Are we heading in the right direction? Yes. Again, it may not show up right now in wins and losses, but I see that potential. I see that there is no quit in this team. Everybody’s fighting to the end. That’s a sign that things are heading in the right direction.”

It’s the kind of quote that you might expect to come out of Cleveland. If a team has been long buried and is still showing fight and resolve, it’s at least noteworthy. But the Eagles have been in playoff contention all season — they still are, as a matter of fact — so effort is to be expected. Why, then, is it the standard by which the 2016 team is suddenly being judged?

“We’re in this business to win games. That’s why we’re here. But at the same time, I look at the process. I look at the plan,” Pederson said Tuesday, pointing to the number of young players with roles on offense.

“I use those words because those are words that we use around here because there is a plan and there is a process. You build your team through the draft. You pick up a couple good free agents in the offseason. You continue to work. You watch these young kids develop and turn into ballplayers and you see the potential. That’s why, when I say that, that’s what I see with these guys.

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Defense, special teams fuel Eagles' 35-28 upset of Patriots

Winthrop drops idea of an Eagles football team

Winthrop University sports fans who were hoping to cheer on the Eagles on the gridiron will be disappointed, for sale but anyone worried about the bottom line of the school’s budget might be relieved.

On Friday, Winthrop President Dan Mahony presented the results of a yearlong study into the feasibility of the Rock Hill university fielding a Division I football team in the Football Championship Subdivision. The result, Mahony told the school’s student life and athletic committee, the costs – of facilities, scholarships, equipment and the impact on gender-balance in Eagles sports – would far outweigh the benefits.

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Eagles claim Stephen Morris on waivers to fill No. 3 QB spot

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles were determined to start the season with a mobile quarterback from the state of Florida on their roster. It just turned out to be Stephen Morris instead of Tim Tebow.

The Eagles claimed Morris, 23, off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former University of Miami quarterback will be the No. 3 quarterback on the Eagles’ roster.

Morris takes the job that Tebow and Matt Barkley competed for during training camp and the preseason. Barkley was traded to Arizona on Friday. Tebow was released Saturday, leaving the Eagles with one vacancy on their 53-man roster.

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