Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories – / 18 The Arizona Cardinals’ defensive struggles with tight ends have been well-documented, and it seemed the Cardinals were likely on their way to another long Sunday against future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons. But the Cardinals held Gonzalez to just 26 yards and three catches on eight targets — something that went a long way toward limiting the Falcons to 55 percent passing and holding them without a touchdown until the late stages of the fourth quarter in Arizona’s 27-13 win Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Opposing tight ends had torched the Cardinals to the tune of six catches and 88 yards per game, and had accounted for eight touchdowns in eight games. The Cardinals used a mix of cornerback Jerraud Powers, linebackers Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby and safeties Tyrann Mathieu, Yeremiah Bell and Rashad Johnson to slow down the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Gonzalez. In fact, the biggest contribution a Falcons TE made was from Levine Toilolo, who drew a questionable pass interference call in the end zone to wipe out a fourth-and-goal incompletion in the fourth quarter. Mathieu said the Cardinals were aided by the fact that the Falcons were without their top two receivers in Roddy White and Julio jones. “Obviously, we knew Matt Ryan was going to target Tony more than he had in their previous games,” Mathieu said. “We just took it as a challenge. Everybody stepped up.”Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the defense tried to switch up coverage looks in an attempt to pressure Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and keep Gonzalez in check. Both worked, as Ryan was sacked four times and threw four interceptions. “It was a team effort … playing with great technique, the line getting pressure,” Dansby said. “We did it together. That’s the only way we can stop or slow down these tight ends.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Jags’ injury list is a long one and features some of the team’s most prominent players. Jones-Drew has a knee issue, leading receiver Cecil Shorts is slowed by a groin and linebacker Paul Posluszny, the reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week, suffered a concussion against Tennessee.Arizona’s list of walking wounded is much shorter, but also features some pivotal players. Linebacker John Abraham (hamstring) is coming off a three-sack game in a win over Houston last Sunday and the veteran has six sacks in his last three games. Below is the official injury report for the Week 11 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Arizona Cardinals (5-4) head to Jacksonville Sunday looking to extend their winning streak to three straight against the Jaguars (1-8).Jacksonville tasted victory for the first time in 2013 by earning a 29-27 road win over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman had rushing touchdowns and the Jags’ defense forced four turnovers and scored fourth-quarter touchdown to salt away the first win for the franchise since Week 12 of last season (also against the Titans.) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling FILE – In this Sept. 3, 1977, file photo, Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson (32), strides over teammates as he latches on to Joe DeLamielleurs (68) during a football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Buffalo, N.Y. Long before quarterbacks took center stage, the NFL was a running backs league. From Red Grange to Jim Brown to O.J. Simpson to Walter Payton to Emmitt Smith, the workhorse back has been a symbol of toughness and perseverance. (AP Photo/File) On that Halloween, the Cardinals were able to hold Bills running back O.J. Simpson to just 42 rushing yards on 16 carries. That 1971 season was the year just before Simpson went on a five-year tear, rushing for over 1,000 yards and being named to the Pro Bowl the next five seasons after that. Simpson was named the NFL MVP just two years later in 1973.Quarterback Jim Hart led the victory for the Cardinals, completing 15-of-27 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. MacArthur Lane and Cid Edwards ran for a combined 106 yards and two touchdowns to aid the Cardinals in their 28-23 victory, moving them to 3-4 on the season. Miller Farr and Larry Wilson each had an interception, as the team won the turnover battle 3-0 to keep the Bills winless at 0-7.Since, the Cardinals have played in Buffalo three times, with the Bills winning 17-10 in 1986, 45-14 in 1990 and 38-14 in 2004.As you might expect, this is one of the longest road victory droughts for the Cardinals.There are only five cities that play host to an NFL team where the Cardinals either haven’t won a regular season game in the last 45 years, or haven’t won a regular season game there at all.A drought lasting longer than the one in Buffalo in which the Cardinals own a road win to their name is in Pittsburgh, as they haven’t stopped those Terrible Towel wavers since Oct. 5, 1969. The longest drought in a city where the Cardinals have a victory belongs to Green Bay, as they haven’t beaten the Packers on the road since getting a 39-17 win on Oct. 16, 1949. Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals have never won a road game against three franchises; the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs.The Cardinals’ first ever game in Kansas City ended up being a 6-6 tie in 1970, but they have lost there four times since. They have lost all five road games in Denver since 1977, and have just played at the Texans once, with it being a loss in 2005.Looking purely at winning spans at home, there are seven teams with more than three consecutive regular season wins at home against the Cardinals, which is how many home games the Bills have won in a row against them.The Packers have the longest regular season home winning streak against the Cardinals, having won eight games in a row. The Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins all have active seven game regular season home winning streaks against the Cardinals. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Buffalo has never been confused as a big-time tourist spot. It’s an industrial city known for its hard workers but lacks the vacation weather, the eye-popping buildings and all-around riveting things to do.For fans of the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo also lacks something big; a Cardinals victory in the last 45 years.The Cardinals haven’t won in Buffalo since Oct. 31, 1971, when their franchise belonged in St. Louis.
#AZCardinals RB snaps vs ATL:J. Summers 24, Ellington 19, Penny 16, C. Johnson 11, D. Johnson 2, K. Williams 0.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 27, 2017Arians made it sound like the game in Denver will carry weight in final decision-making. Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) runs as Oakland Raiders’ Cory James (57) make the tackle during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The penultimate preseason game for the Arizona Cardinals acted as the final prep for their starters, and to that end, Saturday’s 24-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons went positively as Arizona’s first and second teams opened up a 17-0 lead on the reigning NFC champions midway through the second quarter.Now it’s on to the preseason finale Thursday against the Denver Broncos, where several battles for roster spots could be decided. 1 Comments Share To set up the final week of the preseason, here are a few notes and tidbits from the Cardinals’ win in Atlanta.Chris Johnson still on the bubble?Head coach Bruce Arians isn’t known to mince words, so consider his comments real when examining running back Chris Johnson’s 31 rushing yards on six carries that were marred by two fumbles.“I mean, it was bad, especially down there at the 5-yard line. The other one, he got hit pretty quick. Then we had another fumble on a zone play; our guards were just not doing very good,” Arians said.Kerwynn Williams appears like a lock to make the roster considering his new role as a return man but after that, what the running backs room will look like behind starter David Johnson, who took just two snaps Saturday, remains wide open. Andre Ellington took four carries for three yards (including a seven-yard run) and caught a seven-yard pass. Undrafted free agent James Summers took the most carries (10) for the most yards (40) of the backs. And Elijhaa Penny, last season’s preseason darling at running back, took six carries for nine yards. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Oh, yeah, every position is still in play,” Arians said when asked about Johnson’s status. “We have another game and we’ll see what happens next week.”Who played well? #AZvsATL Top 5 grades: via @pff Cap Capi, 88.3Xavier Williams, 82.4Harlan Miller, 81.6 Tyvon Branch, 81.1Justin Bethel, 80.6— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 27, 2017Pro Football Focus’ grades trended toward defensive success.Starting defensive backs Justin Bethel and Tyvon Branch rounded out the list, but backup defensive lineman Xavier Williams and defensive back Harlan Miller also graded well. Atop the list, however, was outside linebacker Cap Capi.Capi could have cemented himself on the 53-man roster with seven tackles, two QB hurries and 1.5 sacks against Atlanta.“You know, hopefully he can do that against the 1s,” Arians told Paul Calvisi after the game on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “That’s the big difference. He was wearing out those 2s and 3s, for sure. Cap’s got a good rush. He’s a heck of a player — he’s been on our practice squad for a year and it’s not like he just does it for one time. He’s got a great chance (to make the team).” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If he makes the roster, Capi would fall on the depth chart behind Chandler Jones, Markus Golden and Kareem Martin.Jarvis Jones, the 17th overall pick by the Steelers in 2013, was expected to be in the competition but has been injured most of training camp.Pro Football Focus notes that Capi has been the Cardinals’ best pass rusher in the preseason with a game left.Wile or Leone?Asked by Calvisi how the punting competition between Richie Leone and Matt Wile has gone, Arians offered this: “It’s still uncertain. I think Matt’s had a little more consistency the last two weeks, and we’ll go into next week — that’s the nice thing about being able to take all 89 guys into Denver and let them try one more time.”Wile booted 49- and 36-yarders, pinning one inside the 20-yard line. Leone also dropped one inside the 20 while punting for 55 and 47 yards.No major injuriesArguably the best news from the Falcons game is the Cardinals made it another outing without major injury.Backup offensive lineup Ulrick John “got kicked in the ankle,” Arians said, while defensive tackle Olsen Pierre was put on concussion protocol.
60 Comments Share GLENDALE, Ariz. — It wasn’t exactly déjà vu, but man, did what we saw Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium feel familiar.The Arizona Cardinals started quickly, sputtered in the middle and folded late in a 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in front of 65,102 fans and an audience of millions on Monday Night Football.Carson Palmer led the Cardinals (1-2) to a score on their first drive — an efficient eight-play, 82-yard jaunt that ended in a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown. In a half they thoroughly dominated, the Cardinals went to the locker room at halftime tied 7-7.Missed opportunity.The teams traded scores in the third quarter. Prescott hit Dez Bryant on a 15-yard touchdown on which the receiver dragged a gaggle of Arizona defenders over the goal line to give the Cowboys their first lead. Five minutes and 18 seconds later, Palmer delivered his second picturesque touchdown pass of the game, this one to Larry Fitzgerald from 15 yards out to tie the game at 14-14.Then the familiar theme of allowing touchdowns in the fourth quarter — as happened in the Cardinals’ season-opening loss to Detroit — popped up again. Prescott hit Brice Butler, who beat cornerback Justin Bethel, on a 37-yard strike with 11:52 to play.Dawson connected on a 37-yard field goal to pull the Cardinals to within four at 21-17, but the Prescott-to-Butler connection struck again on a 53-yard pass that set up Elliott’s 8-yard touchdown to ice the game for Dallas with just under five minutes to play.Another familiar issue was present all night — Arizona’s inability to protect Palmer or open up holes for backs in the running game. Palmer was sacked six times — three alone by DeMarcus Lawrence, who feasted on the right side of the Cardinals’ offensive line manned by guard Evan Boehm and Veldheer. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Palmer, who posted impressive statistics nonetheless (29-of-48 for 322 yards and two TDs), pinned much of the blame on himself.“A couple of times, I didn’t get the ball out early or get the ball out fast,” he said. “That is a front you want to get the ball out fast on. You don’t want to be in situations where you are just holding it and holding it.“There was a number of times where I got to the third and fourth read and they did a great job. There were also times that I just held on to it too long.”Yes, there were a couple of times Palmer was culpable, but he can’t continue to a) take the physical punishment he endured Monday and b) cover for a patchwork, ineffective line.“Block better,” a direct Bruce Arians said after the game when asked what the line needs to do to improve. When asked if that was possible, he was direct again.“There ain’t nobody else in there, we’ve only got seven guys that are healthy so they’re the only ones who could play.”The Cardinals played without guard Mike Iupati and tackle D.J. Humphries and lost guard Alex Boone late in the contest with an injury. Daniel Munyer finished up at left guard for Boone. If Iupati, Humphries and Boone are unable to go Sunday against San Francisco, Munyer would likely become the Cardinals’ eighth different starting lineman in four games. Arizona’s defense forced a Dallas three-and-out and then methodically moved down the field again. On 3rd-and-5 from the Dallas 10-yard line, Palmer hooked up with Brown again, except this one wouldn’t count. A holding penalty on right tackle Jared Veldheer wiped out the play, and the Cardinals had to settle for a field goal attempt from Phil Dawson.What should have been a 36-yard consolation prize turned into a big pile of nothing as Dawson missed wide right — his third miss in as many weeks and a match of his total of misses from last season.Missed opportunity.The Cowboys (2-1) went three-and-out again and Dallas punter Chris Jones uncorked a 29-yard punt that gave the Cardinals possession at their own 44. They didn’t do anything with it.In fact, Arizona would manage only 19 yards in its next four possessions. You couldn’t expect Dallas to dilly-dally all night long offensively, and it didn’t.On a 3rd-and-1 from the Cowboys’ own 15-yard line, a blitzing Tyrann Mathieu missed a tackle on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who escaped and uncorked a 30-yard run. The drive ultimately led to nothing on the scoreboard but woke the dormant Dallas offense up. They’d get on the scoreboard with 1:16 to go in the first half on an acrobatic running touchdown from quarterback Dak Prescott. That’s not exactly a recipe for success. – / 32 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks at Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence after being sacked during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
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Go back to the e-newsletterBali and Beyond Travel Fair, which was opened by the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, on 23 June 2016, once again promoted tourism in Bali as well as other regions in Indonesia. BBTF 2016 successfully brought 168 sellers from Bali and other areas emerging destinations such as Toraja, Flores, Wakatobi, Central Java, East Kalimantan and others together with 222 buyers from 30 different countries.Mutually beneficial meetings took place between sellers and buyers during the first two days of the event. However, on the third day, 25 June, the expo was open to the general public. This gave consumers the opportunity to meet directly with sellers and gather information about unique destinations that are scattered across the archipelago.BBTF 2016 was not only beneficial for sellers but also the buyers. “It created a unique platform for us to meet old friends as well as forge new partnerships and take a look at some exciting products. It’s been a wonderful opportunity for everyone to network. The timing of BBTF has been absolutely perfect as it’s the right contracting time for our market,” said Ian Gerrit, Director of Venture Holidays Australia.For the exhibitors and sellers, BBTF 2016 has shown great improvement in terms of providing quality buyers as well as the overall organisation of the event.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterAir Canada is showing clear signs of confidence in its third Australian route, revealing plans to again ratchet up services on the Vancouver–Melbourne city pairing from mid-June 2019, but this time permanently.The Canadian carrier launched the Melbourne route in June this year, initially on a thrice-weekly basis. Those flights are being supplemented by a fourth weekly service, operating over the summer between 19 November 2018 and 9 March 2019.Late last week, Air Canada’s head office announced capacity increase across a number of global routes, including the Melbourne service which will push up to four times weekly year-round, effective 3 June 2019. The frequency boost comes 12 months after the debut of flights to the Victorian capital.Elsewhere, Air Canada is ramping up frequencies to daily on a year-round basis between Vancouver and Delhi, effective 2 June 2019, while seasonal summer flights to Zurich will be increased to five flights per week. The Maple Leaf carrier’s Vancouver-Osaka (Kansai) route will also move to five times weekly from June through October next year.All flights will be operated with Air Canada’s flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.“We are pleased to increase our capacity to these important markets as we continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.“Customers have responded positively to our increasing service to Delhi and this flight will now operate daily on a year-round basis to meet demand. The addition of a fourth weekly flight to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, year-round will provide further convenience to business and leisure travellers between North America and Australia, offering seamless connections thanks to the in-transit preclearance facilities at YVR.“With Dreamliner service to Osaka and increased frequencies to Zurich, we are further strengthening our convenient network to European and Asian markets from YVR, reflecting demand between Canada and these destinations in the busy summer travel season,” Galardo added.Go back to the enewsletter