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Morning links: Cardinals on top in NFC West?

Post by Eric Williams on July 24, 2012 at 8:15 am with 23 Comments »
July 24, 2012 8:20 am
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, center, against Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, left, and free safety Earl Thomas, right, during an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports actually takes on the arduous task of predicting the outcome of every regular-season game coming up this season.

Prisco’s verdict? The Arizona Cardinals win the NFC West with a 10-6 record, followed by San Francisco at 9-7 and the Seahawks finishing at 7-9 for a third straight season.

Prisco predicts Seattle will start the season 1-7. The Seahawks play five of their first eight games on the road. And he predicts Seattle will go 6-2 down the backstretch of the season.

He has Seattle finishing 5-3 at home and 2-6 on the road, winning at St. Louis and at Miami. I think Seattle will win nine this year, but if nothing else, the article provides an interesting overview of the upcoming season.

Prisco says that the Patriots will finish 16-0 again, but lose to Green Bay in the Super Bowl.

Here’s my story on Chris Clemons and the Seahawks reaching agreement on a new deal.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a closer look at the team’s running back position.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated still believes Matt Flynn will win the starting job, but says that Tarvaris Jackson or Russell Wilson will see action at some point this season in this piece on backup quarterbacks who have a chance to play this year.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press says Marshawn Lynch’s pending DUI court appearance and a possible suspension from the league loom as the biggest story heading into training camp.

Check out Pete Carroll rubbing elbows with rapper Snoop Dogg backstage at a concert in Seattle this week.

Former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports writes that the new NFL Rewind all-22 film will feature the ability to draw up plays.

Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 23
  1. chrisj122 says:

    The Cardinals, really? Did the Cardinals sign a QB that I’m unaware of?

  2. Dukeshire says:

    The NFL Rewind, All-22 is going to be awesome! I cannot wait for it. Thank you NFL!

    BTW, love the Carroll / Snoop picture. lol.

  3. I think the Cardinals are like a lot of teams right now: They have a chance almost as good as all of the middle of the row teams. They have uncertainties, like most teams. It just sucks for us and them that one is the QB position. But they have Fitz, a pretty good front seven on defense, and some nice players in their secondary. Like the Seahawks, they will get better QB play this season simply do to the experience that the two guys last year gained (whoever they choose). I don’t think they will win the division, but I’m not willing to say it with 100% certainty.

  4. Cards need consistency from B. Wells or R. Williams. Still am not crazy about their QB, but Skelton seems like he has an edge about him. I pretty much despise every other team in the NFC West and the Cards are right there (although I kind of have an affection for Fitz, dude can ball).

    I still think it comes down to Niners and us, but the Cards will be a thorn in a lot of teams sides.


  5. chuck_easton says:

    I have no issue with Prisco. He doesn’t even try to hide the fact he’s not a fan of Seattle. Any praise he gives our team is a shock.

    The fun part about his article is going to be getting to read the reactions of the 9r faithful. How dare that know nothing hack not recognize the obvious greatness and superiority of the mighty 9rs? 5 rings!!!!! Hey who cares if those rings we’re won so long ago I still had hair, Madonna and Paula Abdul were burning up the dance charts, and everybody was wearing neon muscle pants. The 9rs are the chosen ones! Just ask any of their followers

  6. RDPoulsbo says:

    The Cards have been everyone’s paper champion for quite a while now. I wouldn’t put any stock into that article.

  7. bird_spit says:

    Snoop Dog looks like he has been burning it down. PC looks like he has hung out for a while, having some secondary. I bet PC had a driver for the event. ML take notice.

  8. HawkyHann says:

    Did Leroy Hill supply Snoop while in town? PC has turned VMAC into No Limit Records

  9. chrisj122 says:

    “PC has turned VMAC into No Limit Records”

    Too funny Hawky! However I would take No Limit Records over the former Death Row Records.

    Perhaps Pete Carroll is lookin to score some street cred. I can hear him now yellin at Bruce Irvin to go straight gangsta on those punk azz Q.B.’s. Lol…..

  10. Cards did go from a a 1-6 start to finish 8-8 – – can’t totally ignore that. They have every bit as much momentum going into this year as we do.

  11. bbnate420 says:

    Very true about Snoop, bird_spit. Either he blinked right when the picture was taken, has turned Asian, or was puffing big time. PC looked lucid to me.

    I don’t believe in momentum carrying over from one season to the next. Too much time passes. The Tards have some good talent and could definitely be a team to worry about. Here’s hoping that Kolb/Skeleton sucks it up, Floyd is lost, and Fitz decides to quit football and go on a spiritual journey to Tibet.

  12. bbnate420 says:

    Oops, Cards.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Why not just play out the entire season?” I said.

    With that, I was given the task to play out every game of the coming season all the way through the Super Bowl, which meant crowning a champ in the summer.

    More 2012 NFL projections


    Pat Kirwan
    NFL season projections: Who rises and who falls in 2012?

    2012 NFL Kickoff

    32-team NFL season preview with every games predicted score?

    Laborious task indeed!

  14. Soggybuc says:

    I’d be more surprised to see a picture of Snoop not baked out of his gourd. not like he’s made a secret of it.
    If you didn’t know. Snoop is a huge Football fan and know’s his stuff, he’s also a big supporter of youth Football in the LA area.

    And thanks for the Laugh Chuck.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “I don’t want to take anything away from the guys who were here, because I miss Justin Forsett. I miss how special he is and his ability,” Smith said. “But Robert Turbin, he wants to be a great player and he has the ability to be that. So it’s great when you have a guy like him that has the hunger to say, ‘Man, I want to be great.’ And he’s willing to do what it takes to do that.”

    I can’t wait to see Turbin play!

    And remember Smith and Simms? Weren’t they one of the biggest if not tallest back combos that every played in the NFL? So much fun watching them as a kid!

  16. Hammajamma says:

    The Sherman Smith/David Sims time machine. Bring back the magic marker black shoes!

  17. Interesting thing from Prisco article:

    1. There is clearly the NFC east bias – like most national writers – last year 9-7 WON that division but this year the top 3 are going 13-3, 11-5, 11-5. I don’t think so. The year the Cowboys live up to expectations will be the first time in the last decade that has happened.

    2. Interestingly enough – Most of the Seahawks losses were by 4 or less – in his system, so by his grading system, there will be some opportunities for “upsets”

    Can’t get here soon enough!!

    Can’t wait till Monday where I will get to see them myself!!

  18. freedom_X says:

    Prisco for some reason is a Cardinal advocate, for many years. He has consistently picked them to be a breakthrough team since 2006. It took until 2009 before the Cardinals actually justified his constant predictions. Before then they kept consistently laying down big-time on Prisco.

  19. Coaching question:

    Would Ken Norton Jr. be considered a Def Coordinator candidate?

    Seems to be very well respected as a LB coach – so wondering if he would move up the ladder somewhere

  20. Dukeshire says:

    My guess on that is that he doesn’t really have the desire to move much beyond his current role. And that’s not intended to be a knock. He’s truely great at what he does. But he’s had opportunities to move up, including asst head coach at UCLA, am has declined. Perhaps that speaks more to his loyalty to Carroll than it does his career motives, but after nearly a decade in essentially the same role, one would probably think DC is not an aspiration of his. Just my take from the outside…

  21. psoundpowerhouse says:

    I see the 49ers going 10-6 before Arizona. You gotta admit S.F. is loaded!

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