MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The winning touch that so often escaped the Minnesota Vikings last season is back in their hands.
The Arizona Cardinals can sure vouch for it.
Za'Darius Smith had three sacks to help a fired-up defense hang on against Kyler Murray, and the Vikings beat the Cardinals 34-26 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive victory.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyler Murray can’t explain why the Arizona Cardinals continue to start games slowly.
He’s just glad they managed a strong finish on Sunday.
Murray threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns and added another score on the ground as the Cardinals overcame another lackluster first half, rallying with 16 fourth-quarter points to beat the Carolina Panthers 26-16.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-7, Lost in wild-card round)
New faces: WR Marquise Brown, G Will Hernandez, TE Trey McBride, RB Darrel Williams, LB Nick Vigil.
Key losses: EDGE Chandler Jones, LB Jordan Hicks, RB Chase Edmonds, WR Christian Kirk, DL Jordan Phillips.
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray has made it no secret he enjoys video games, including the popular “Call of Duty” franchise.
Tight end Zach Ertz said the franchise quarterback also knows he has a duty to study his playbook.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — “Mike from Millville” easily shared his opinions on his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.
The draft? Loved it, and even bragged that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman “made a splash” with his recent acquisitions.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals raided the Mountain West Conference for a pair of players they hope can help continue their upward trajectory in the NFC West.
The Cardinals selected Colorado State tight end Trey McBride with the No.
23. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
LAST SEASON: The Cardinals looked like one of the best teams in the NFL through the first few months of the season, winning their first seven games and improving to 10-2.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed cornerback Jeff Gladney to a two-year contract and also brought back tight end Maxx Williams on a one-year deal.
The 25-year-old Gladney was found not guilty of a felony assault charge last week, according to online records from Dallas County, Texas.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Chandler Jones, WR A.J. Green, TE Maxx Williams, RB Chase Edmonds, LB Ezekiel Turner, P Andy Lee, S Chris Banjo, S Charles Washington, TE Darrell Daniels, G Max Garcia, DT Corey Peters, CB, Antonio Hamilton, TE Demetrius Harris, LS Aaron Brewer, CB Robert Alford, CB Kevin Peterson.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tight end Zach Ertz re-signed with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, agreeing to a three-year contract. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
The 31-year-old Ertz had 56 catches for 574 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games with the Cardinals last season following an October trade with Philadelphia.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Too big to be covered by the fast guys and too fast to be covered by the big guys.
Great pass catching tight ends have always been a part of football, but the position and players who play it have evolved to the point where they are often the most difficult matchup on the field.
The Pac-12 is tapping into former football stars such as Brock Huard, Toby Gerhart and Lincoln Kennedy as it explores ways to boosts the conference’s fortunes on the field and off.
The conference announced Monday the formation of the Pac-12 Football Alumni Council.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals just won two of the past three games without their two most prolific offensive playmakers and now get two weeks to rest and regroup before the stretch run.
Monday, Nov. 22
Giants at Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. EST. The Bucs (6-3) and Tom Brady are riding a two-game losing streak. The 44-year-old Brady has lost three games in a row only once, in 2002, his full season as Patriots starting quarterback.
PHILADELPHIA (2-5) at DETROIT (0-7)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Eagles by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals are still perfect this season. And now they face a quick turnaround in their bid to keep it that way.
The Cardinals moved to 7-0 after dominating the Houston Texans on Sunday.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tight end Zach Ertz has been with the Cardinals for just nine days and already has the longest touchdown catch of his nine-year career, rumbling 47 yards toward the end zone to put an exclamation point on Arizona's 31-5 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Newly acquired tight end Zach Ertz has spent the past few days on the Cardinals' practice field, working to build his connection with quarterback Kyler Murray so Arizona's offense can keep rolling.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Ertz had the unique opportunity to play one more game in Philadelphia, knowing he would be traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
He scored a touchdown, spiked the ball and cried for 30 minutes at his locker after the Eagles lost to Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Ertz still wants to finish his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The three-time Pro Bowl tight end said Wednesday that after more than a year of acrimony with the front office, he was “here to just kind of put it in the past.”
Now that the calendar has turned to June, NFL teams can trade or release players and spread the salary cap hit over two years instead of one.
That doesn’t mean Aaron Rodgers is going anywhere but the Packers couldn’t afford to deal him from a financial standpoint until now.
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