Bruce Arians wouldn't do it. Neither would Carson Palmer or any of the Cardinals players.
But given the likely pregame mood of the team, we should give them a free pass for Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Saints in New Orleans.
Dan Williams' father died in a car crash on his way from the family's home in Memphis to New Orleans to see his son play. Williams' mom and sister were also hospitalized after the crash but are expected to survive their injuries.
A Cardinals spokesperson said the team did not have details on precisely when the accident occurred near Jackson, Miss., but that Williams, the starting nose tackle, received word of the tragedy before the team traveled to New Orleans on Saturday. He was excused from Sunday's game.
It's a weekly ritual in the NFL to dissect each team's performance, puffing up the significance of wins or magnifying the trouble signs in losses.
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