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Are Seahawks suddenly vulnerable?
Russell Wilson had never lost a home game with the Seattle Seahawks. Then Sunday happened. Despite four interceptions by quarterback Carson Palmer, the Arizona Cardinals did the previously unthinkable: They won at CenturyLink Field 17-10 thanks to a late TD catch by Michael Floyd and a (controversial) interception by Karlos Dansby. This could give potential playoff foes hope when they go to the Pacific Northwest; Seattle had won 14 straight at home. It also could give Arizona a dubious distinction -- out of the playoffs at 11-5, if they win next week versus the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints win as well.
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Which team will win the NFC?
In the afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers exacted revenge -- through a close call -- on the Seattle Seahawks team that thrashed them earlier in the season. At night, the New Orleans Saints put a thunderous stop to the Carolina Panthers' eight-game winning streak, moving a game up in the NFC South race. Who will take these divisions? Is Seattle your pick to win the NFC championship?
Bigger surprise -- ARI or CAR?
On Oct. 6, the Carolina Panthers lost to the Arizona Cardinals 22-6 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals moved to 3-2, while the Panthers dropped to 1-3. Carolina hasn't lost since, moving its win streak to seven Sunday with a late victory in Miami. Arizona? It dropped the next two -- then won four in a row, including Sunday's 40-11 rout of the division-leading Indianapolis Colts. Bet you didn't have both of these teams beating out the likes of Green Bay, Dallas, Washington and Atlanta this late. Will it last?
Tyrann Mathieu's future?
It's not a bad time to be Tyrann Mathieu. The Cardinals safety has seemingly turned his career around after a series of drug-related issues led to his early departure from LSU. Now, after re-committing himself, he's starting for the Cardinals and making the kind of hustle plays that earned him the nickname of "The Honey Badger." Mathieu's career is still in its incubation period, but it's certainly a big change from where it was a year ago.
Larry Fitzgerald has been a good citizen with the Cardinals, but the team hasn't always lived up to him -- the assortment of quarterbacks they've had throwing passes to him as of late reads like a waiver wire list. That might be why rumors abounded on Sunday that the team might be looking to trade him soon: what good is an amazing receiver if the players around him aren't up to snuff? Cardinals GM Steve Keim denied that the team was looking to trade Fitzgerald, but anyone who follows trade rumors knows that denials by the front office are only permanent until the right deal comes along.
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It'd be more than passing strange to see Fitzgerald in anything other than Cardinal red and white, although he wouldn't be the first face of the franchise to make a late-career move for a chance at a championship.