Around the NFC West: Cardinals can clinch

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic quotes Cardinals fullback Terrelle Smith as saying he would rather "beat the livin' snot" out of the Eagles than experience a normal Thanksgiving. Bulletin board, here we come!

Also from the Republic: The jersey Kurt Warner wore Sunday is headed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame after the Cardinals' quarterback passed 40,000 career yards (NFL, World League, Arena League).

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are fighting a losing battle playing in the Eastern time zone. "Thanks for reminding me of that," coach Ken Whisenhunt quipped.

Also from Tulumello: a look at how the Cardinals must improve upon their Week 12 performance. Kick coverage tops the list.

Mark Heller of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals' ability to handle the Giants' blitzes in Week 12 gives them confidence against the Eagles, even though Warner took 12 hits last week.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals will take an NFC West title any way they can get it, but winning it against the Eagles would provide the most satisfaction.

Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer says Warner offered words of encouragement for embattled Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Warner: "The one thing I always realize is the cream rises to the top. I believe he's one of those guys that is the cream of the crop. I believe he is one of the best in the league and he's going to show that again whether that's Thursday night or the following weekend or wherever he goes moving forward. He's going to separate himself like he always has."

Reuben Frank of phillyburbs.com sizes up Warner's case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's an intriguing one.

Geoff Mosher of the Delaware News Journal says much has changed since Warner's previous visit to Philadelphia, made as a member of the Giants in 2004. Tom Coughlin benched Warner with 2 minutes remaining in that game.