center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And if there is an edge for anyone, it would have to go to the Cardinals, who have the benefit of playing this game at home and thus do not need to spend any time that would be better served preparing for the game actually getting to the game. That fact is not lost on them.“No doubt,” Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said. “I don’t know when [the Vikings] leave, if you come out two days early or one day early. But no doubt, it’s an advantage being at home.”Whether the Cardinals, Vikings or anyone wants to play on Thursday or not, every player and coach understands it’s a part of the schedule and thus not really worth complaining about.Does it change their approach? Absolutely.Could it lead to more injury or, at the very least, mean ailing players won’t have enough time to heal in order to be ready to go? How could it not?Given less time to prepare, can the football possibly be as good as it otherwise would have been if the game was played on Sunday? Time will tell.But whatever the drawbacks are, there is the benefit of the team getting another chance to play on national TV. It will be the Cardinals’ fourth national television game of the season, and word came out late Monday that the team’s Dec. 20 tilt in Philadelphia was “flexed” to Sunday Night Football, giving them a whopping five prime time games this season — six if you count their preseason game in Oakland. No matter the day, you won’t find too many players upset with that kind of exposure.“You love it, it’s a national game, everybody’s watching and you’ve got to show up and show out,” linebacker Kevin Minter said.Added safety Tyrann Mathieu, “Naturally I’m pretty excited about it. I’m usually a prime time guy so hopefully I step up this week for my team.” – / 24 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more