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Chris Long eats pieces of quarterback for breakfast.

There are only appalling words that can be used to describe the Arizona Cardinals’ 2012 offensive line. Atrocious, abominable, rough, criminal, stinky, faulty, inadequate, and inferior are just a few of them. A total of 44 sacks have been allowed by the Arizona blockers and an additional 64 hits on not one, not two, but three quarterbacks. Ouch! And WOW!

One of the lowest moments of the 2012 regular season came in Week 5 against the hated St. Louis Rams.  The Rams sacked quarterback Kevin Kolb — who managed to actually attempt 50 passes — nine (!) times and won the game handily 17-3. Twelve weeks later, they meet again tomorrow.

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Or something. We really don’t know why he’s inactive, we just know that those who had enjoyed using him with the knowledge that Josh Gordon now wears Chris Givens pajamas since the two receivers are identical in their speedy deep ball ways aren’t enjoying very much in life at this very second.

Here’s what we do know: he’s inactive for the Rams’ late afternoon game today against the 49ers because he evidently broke a team rule. Rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins is also inactive for the same reason, which is greeted with exactly zero surprise. Red flags are still red.

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The NFL trade deadline is only a few days away. Unlike the other leagues, more specifically the NBA, NHL and MLB, the NFL deadline usually comes and goes without any significant movement. Even after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to change the deadline from the Tuesday following week 6 to week 8 this season, rumours of players swapping teams has been almost nonexistent.

This morning though, we heard a few names being talked about as possible trade candidates come Tuesday.

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It’s been a precipitous fall for Steven Jackson.

Two years ago the Oregon State alum was ranked fifth in fantasy value. He occupied a spot in the top five for four consecutive years. Last year, 19th. This year, 24th.

It’s clear where we’re heading with this. After struggling with his health, Jackson is in danger of being supplanted as the featured back by rookie Daryl Richardson. The Rams selected two running backs in the ’12 draft including Richardson and second rounder Isaiah Pead. Read the rest of this entry »

Every Sunday I’m reminded of reasons why I could never, ever play football at an elite level. But beyond the obvious (like, say, lack of skill, athleticism, and coordination), there’s one that always stands out as I watch repeated devastating blows: I thoroughly enjoy having a human body that doesn’t need any assembly.

Your browser-slowing GIF fun this week includes Sam Bradford nearly breaking, a second teeth-shaking angle for the Welker hit, and A.J. Hawk doing something awful to the Texans with his fingers.

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Consensus line: Cardinals -1.5, total 39.5
Best line for ARI: Cardinals -1, -115 (Pinnacle)
Best line for STL: Rams +1.5, -105 (SportsInteraction)
Current betting percentage: 70% action on the Cardinals, 58% on the OVER

Individual Team Trends:
Cardinals are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against NFC opponents.
Rams are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four home games.
Rams are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following a S.U. win.
Under is 7-2-1 in Cardinals last 10 games following a S.U. win.
Over is 22-7 in Rams last 29 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Under is 15-6-1 in Rams last 22 against NFC West opponents.

Head-to-Head Trends:
Under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
Cardinals are 6-2 ATS in their last eight meetings in St. Louis.

I’m not sure that tonight’s Thursday Night Football game is one of those games that you can’t miss, but it should definitely be interesting. The Arizona Cardinals look to continue the franchise’s best start in 38 years as they travel to St. Louis take on the Rams. Arizona is one of three unbeaten teams remaining in the NFL, along with Houston and Atlanta, despite having had three of their four games come down to the wire. The Cardinals have also been dominant historically against the Rams, having won 10 of their last 11 games against St. Louis, including seven straight wins at the Edward Jones Dome.

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In an injury roundup from last week, I suggested owners of injured Rams’ RB Steven Jackson pick up Daryl Richardson.

I’ll admit, I may have done you wrong.

Richardson, who performed well in Jackson’s absence the week before, only had four carries for 16-yards, while a clearly slowed Jackson only had 29-yards on 11 carries. Despite the fact that he’s still being plagued by a nagging groin injury and he’s coming off a largely unproductive week, should fantasy owners go ahead and start Jackson anyway? I mean there’s no way I would tell you to pick up Richardson again, right? Right?

As soon as a player is deemed a “game-time decision”, a feeling of absolute dread washes over my body. I start to sweat profusely and I immediately attempt to cram a decent replacement into my lineup.

If like me, you have an irrational fear of leaving points on the bench. If you want to play it safe, you still have the option of picking up Richardson. He’s available in 94.5percent of ESPN leagues and 83 percent of Yahoo leagues.

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