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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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David Johnson Suffers Meniscus Damage

Jan 1, 2017 7:11 PM

David Johnson suffered a knee injury in Week 17.

Johnson has damage to his meniscus but the ACL appears to be intact. 

Johnson will undergo further tests on Monday for clarity. 

Johnson entered Week 17 with 1,233 yards rushing and 841 yards receiving.

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Bruce Arians Says He'll Return To Cardinals In 2017

Dec 22, 2016 8:37 AM

Bruce Arians plans to coach the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 despite a disappointing season and two health scares since training camp.

"I'll be back," Arians said. "I ain't going nowhere."

There have been questions as to whether Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald will remain with the Cardinals.

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Michael Floyd Had .217 BAC, Could Face Jail Time

Dec 22, 2016 8:16 AM

When Michael Floyd was arrested in his vehicle on Dec. 12, he had a blood-alcohol level of .217, which could land him in jail.

Floyd was arrested and charged in Scottsdale after he fell asleep in the driver's seat of his vehicle while stopped at a traffic signal. He has been charged with more serious offenses due to the results of his BAC test, which were revealed Wednesday.

He was released by the Arizona Cardinals after the arrest, but claimed on waivers by the New England Patriots.

Arizona state law carries harsh penalties, including jail time, for having a blood alcohol level over .15 and even tougher penalties for a BAC over .20.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Larry Fitzgerald Hints He May Play Elsewhere In 2017

Dec 20, 2016 7:53 AM

During an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One, Larry Fitzgerald hinted that he may play for a team other than the Arizona Cardinals next season.

"No, I wouldn't say that I'm contemplating [retirement] right now," Fitzgerald said. "But I'm uncertain what I'm going to do moving forward. But I still love the game, I love the competition. I love being around the guys and competing for a championship. That's a lot of fun to me, and that's kind of where I’m at right now."

The question will be whether Fitzgerald believes the Cardinals, who have disappointed this season, can compete in 2017.

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Carson Palmer Plans To Play In 2017

Dec 18, 2016 10:18 PM

Carson Palmer expects to play in 2017 despite a significant drop off from 2015.

Palmer recently signed a one-year, $24.4 million extension through 2018 with the Arizona Cardinals.

It is not yet clear if Palmer will fit into the Cardinals' plans for next season.

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Patriots Claim Michael Floyd Off Waivers

Dec 15, 2016 4:22 PM

The New England Patriots have claimed Michael Floyd off waivers.

Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals this week following his arrest on a DUI charge.

Floyd has caught 33 balls for 446 yards and four touchdowns. In 2013, Floyd caught 65 balls for 1,041 yards but his production dropped in 2014 and 2015 to 841 yards and 849 yards respectively.

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David Johnson Has Chance At Rare 1,000/1,000 Season

Dec 14, 2016 4:39 PM

David Johnson has a chance to do something only two players have done in NFL history -- accumulate 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

Roger Craig did it in 1985 with the San Francisco 49ers and Marshall Faulk reached the marks with the St. Louis Rams in 1999.

Johnson already has 1,085 rushing yards and with three games to go he needs 255 receiving yards to surpass 1,000 for the season. He is averaging 57.3 receiving yards per game in 2016.

Craig finished third in the MVP voting in 1985, while Faulk ended up second to teammate Kurt Warner in 1999.

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Cardinals Release Michael Floyd After DUI Arrest

Dec 14, 2016 4:26 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have released Michael Floyd two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.

Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle at a Scottsdale intersection early Monday morning, according to police.

The wide receiver had three alcohol-related brushes with the law at Notre Dame, including a DUI.

Floyd was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012.

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Fitzgerald Not Planning On Playing Long Enough To Catch Rice, Gonzalez
Larry Fitzgerald is 220 receptions away from passing Tony Gonzalez, who has 1,325 career catches.

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Bruce Arians Expected To Be On Sidelines For Cardinals
Bruce Arians returned to work on Tuesday after being admitted to the hospital on Monday.

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Bruce Arians Hospitalized With Chest Pains
Bruce Arians was taken to the hospital Sunday night, but the team says test results "have come back favorably."

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Bears, Jets, Broncos, Cardinals Could Pursue Tony Romo In 2017
If Dak Prescott continues to merit playing as the starter, the Cowboys would struggle to carry Tony Romo's $14 million base salary.

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Tyrann Mathieu Rails Against Cardinals' Offense After Tie
Tyrann Mathieu was frustrated with the Cardinals' offense and special teams after the team tied with the Seahawks on Sunday night.

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Carson Palmer Takes Day Off To Rest Arm
Carson Palmer didn't throw any passes during Wednesday's practice in an effort to rest his throwing arm.

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Cardinals Haven't Been As Successful On Deep Plays
The Cardinals have connected on 19 pass plays of 20 or more yards through five games this season.

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NFL Changes Start Times For Two Week 8 Games
The Packers at Falcons game will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX, while the Cardinals at Panthers game moves to 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Cardinals Clear Carson Palmer To Practice
The Cardinals will face the Jets on Monday night.

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Cardinals Place Evan Mathis On Injured Reserve
Evan Mathis has been hampered by foot and ankle injuries this season, his first with the Cardinals.

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Cardinals Rule Out Carson Palmer Against 49ers
Drew Stanton will make his first start of the season.

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Carson Palmer In Concussion Protocol, Unlikely To Play In Week 5
Carson Palmer was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol following a hit in the fourth quarter of Week 4.

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Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer Was 'Trade Of The Century'
Nearly four years after the Cardinals acquired Carson Palmer for a sixth-round pick and a swap of seventh-round selections, Bruce Arians praised Steve Keim's work.

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Bruce Arians: Our Job Is To Make The Game Better, Not Just Win Games
Bruce Arians wants his players to have smaller classrooms to learn the game better.

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Larry Fitzgerald Catches 100th TD, Shrugs Off Retirement Reports
Larry Fitzgerald caught a pair of touchdown passes against the Patriots on Sunday night, giving him 100 for his career.

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Bruce Arians Released From Hospital
Bruce Arians said his overnight hospital stay was due to diverticulitis, an existing condition that flared up before practice on Tuesday.

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Bruce Arians Taken To Hospital With Stomach Pains
Bruce Arians was taken to a San Diego-area hospital by ambulance before Tuesday night's practice at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals Agree Upon Extension
Larry Fitzgerald caught a career-high 109 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015.

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Cardinals Sign Carson Palmer To One-Year Extension
Carson Palmer will get a $6.75 million signing bonus, plus $15.5 million in salary and bonuses fully guaranteed in 2017.

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Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals Agree Upon Five-Year, $62.5M Extension
The deal includes $40 million in guarantees for Tyrann Mathieu.

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