Cardinals to face 5 of NFL’s top defensive tackles in 2022

They face Aaron Donald and Arik Armstead twice in addition to Chris Jones, Vita Vea and Javon Hargrave.

The Arizona Cardinals are no stranger to good defensive tackles as they face the Los Angeles Rams and Aaron Donald at least twice a year. He is the clear top defensive tackle in the NFL and might be the best of all time.

The Cardinals will face several top interior defenders in 2022. Based on the best interior defender rankings by Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar, the Cardinals will face five of the top 12 in seven games this coming season.

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PODCAST: What did the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers do this offseason?

The latest edition of the podcast brings on Rams, Seahawks and 49ers writers to talk about their teams’ 2021 season, offseason and 2022 outlook.

The Arizona Cardinals will face their NFC West division opponents twice each in the 2022 season. They face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3 and Week 10. They take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 and Week 9 and play the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11 and Week 18.

As has been done on the podcast for the last two offseasons, I got together with the managing editors or contributing writers for the NFL Wire sites of the teams the Cardinals will face this coming season.

This edition of the podcast focuses on the NFC West and I bring on Rams Wire managing editor Cam DaSilva, Seahawks Wire managing editor Tim Weaver and Niners Wire managing editor Kyle Madson to talk about the teams they cover, going over the 2021 season, the offseason and the outlook for 2022.

It is the first of six opponent preview shows we will have over the next three weeks.


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Here are the approximate timestamps for each interview. 

(1:00) Rams Wire’s Cam DaSilva talking the Rams’ 2021 season, offseason moves and 2022 outlook

(37:05) Seahawks Wire’s Tim Weaver talking the Seahawks’ 2021 season, offseason moves and 2022 outlook

(1:10:56) Niners Wire’s Kyle Madson talking the 49ers’ 2021 season, offseason moves and 2022 outlook

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How the Cardinals have fared vs. their 2022 opponents

We take a look at the Cardinals’ all-time record against each of their 2022 opponents and how they have fared in recent matchups.

The Arizona Cardinals have their 2022 NFL regular season schedule. We know in which weeks they will face their 14 opponents.

How have the Cardinals done historically and recently against each opponent?

Below, we take a look at the Cardinals’ record vs. each opponent and how things have gone in their last few matchups.

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The 6 games WR DeAndre Hopkins will miss in 2022 with PED suspension

See which games DeAndre Hopkins will miss because of his PED suspension.

The Arizona Cardinals’ 2022 regular-season schedule has been released. It has four prime-time games. They open at home and play their final two on the road.

However, because wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance back in November, he is suspended for the first six games of the season.

That presents a huge challenge for the Cardinals, who struggled done the stretch last season when Hopkins missed time with a hamstring injury and knee injury.

He will return to play the New Orleans Saints in Week 7 on Thursday Night Football.

Now that we know the full schedule, we know which games he will miss.

They are listed below.

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Cardinals’ playoff game defensive snap counts and observations

The defense played 60 snaps against the Rams. See how the playing time was divided up and what it meant.

In the Arizona Cardinals’ 34-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the NFL playoffs to end their season, the defense was on the field for a total of 60 snaps.

How was that playing time divided up?

Let’s take a look at each player in each position group to see what we can learn from it.

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Cardinals’ playoff game offensive snap counts and observations

The offense played 56 total snaps. Check out how the playing time was divided up.

The Arizona Cardinals are out of the playoffs after their 34-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. In the game, the offense was on the field for 56 snaps.

Below, we go over the individual players in each position group for how many snaps they played and any observations we can make from the numbers.

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PODCAST: Was the Cardinals’ season a failure and should Kliff Kingsbury be fired?

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With the Arizona Cardinals’ season officially over because of their embarrassing 34-11 playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams, it was time to have a post mortem podcast episode. Revenge of the Birds’ Seth Cox and I go over everything that hurts about the end of the season.

We place blame in the Cardinals’ loss to the Rams. We discuss whether the season was a failure and whether we are worried about Kyler Murray moving foward. We give our thoughts on whether Kliff Kingsbury should be fired and go over just how critical this coming offseason is.

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(1:00) Intros and who is to blame for the playoff loss?

(22:33) Was the season a failure?

(32:21) Should we be worried about Kyler Murray?

(41:06) Should the Cardinals fire Kliff Kingsbury?

(1:00:22) How big is this coming offseasom?

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Budda Baker taken to hospital after scary hit

There was good news, though, as he was alert and communicative and he never lost feeling or movement.

The Arizona Cardinals had a scare in the third quarter of their 34-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams to eliminate them from the postseason. Cardinals safety Budda Baker tackled Rams running back Cam Akers and there was a big collision.

Baker went in low for the hit and Akers lowered his helmet, getting Baker in the head and neck area.

Baker remained motionless on the field after the play and had to be carted off on a stretcher.

The team announced that he suffered a concussion and that he would not return, but that he movement and feeling in his extremities.

The team later gave an update. Baker was taken to a local hospital for observation, he was alert a communicative and at no point did he lose feeling or movement, per medical staff.

It was scary to see but it appears to be a best-case scenario.

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Cardinals-Rams live scoring updates, highlights, reactions

Keep up with our live game updates.

The playoffs are here for the Arizona Cardinals. They are on the road to take on the Los Angeles Rams, a team against whom they went 1-1.

It is their first playoff game in six seasons and quarterback Kyler Murray’s playoff debut.

J.J. Watt and others return to the lineup to try and extend their season.

The winner moves on to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

We know you’ll be watching. We will give live updates during the game below.

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James Conner, Justin Pugh, J.J. Watt, Rondale Moore all active for Cardinals vs. Rams

The Cardinals will almost a fully healthy squad against the Rams in their first-round playoff game.

The Arizona Cardinals are ready to take on the Los Angeles Rams and will get several players back from injury. They released list of inactives and only one starter will be out.

Running back James Conner, left guard Justin Pugh, receiver Rondale Moore and cornerback Marco Wilson are all active and will play.

So is defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

Here are the players who will not dress for the game:

  • WR Andy Isabella
  • QB Trace McSorley
  • RB Jonathan Ward
  • OLB Victor Dimukeje
  • OL Josh Miles
  • DL Zach Kerr
  • DL Jordan Phillips

Kerr was elevated only to be made inactive. Phillips appeared to be set to play after fully participating in practice but will not play tonight.

With Ward out, Eno Benjamin is active and will play.

With six defensive linemen active, it appears they expect a full load from Watt.

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