The Cardinals were one of the most dominant teams in the NFL last season, finishing 2015 with a 13-3 record. While their year ended in disappointing fashion via a 49-15 thrashing at the hands of the Panthers in the NFC Championship game, Arizona has the firepower to make some noise in the playoffs once again. Head coach Bruce Arians has done a remarkable job of turning the once hopeless Cardinals into Super Bowl contenders. As a former offensive coordinator with the Steelers, Arians has one of the most talented offenses in the NFC West.
It is an offense headlined by future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and resurgent quarterback Carson Palmer.
Both Palmer and Fitzgerald made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and were joined by another offensive teammate, Mike Iupati. In addition to Fitzgerald, the Cardinals believe they have two other receivers that could be number one targets on certain teams in the league: Michael Floyd and John Brown. Buoyed by Palmer’s historic 2015 season, all of the skill players in the Arizona attack flourished. This also included running back Chris Johnson, who had a strong comeback year after falling out of favor in the league for a handful of years. Johnson isn’t the 2,000 yard back he once was, but he can still break a long run and also offers a change of pace to bangers Andre Ellington and David Johnson.
In addition to Arizona’s first to the 13-win season in franchise history, the Cardinals also notched a first round bye for the first time. These Cardinals also know how to fight back under adversity, evinced when they were able to knock off the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs on a wild Hail Mary from Palmer to Fitzgerald.
This year the Cardinals will have a much larger target on their backs, but team has a talented core that will be able to withstand this kind of attention. Arians is recognized as one of the most well-liked and skillful football minds in the league, further accentuating the Cards chances.
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Arizona Cardinals Game Schedule
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Arizona Cardinals Standings Today
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Though the Arizona offense is certainly a formidable one, the Cardinals defense is just downright nasty and posesses talent by the bucket load.
Arizona sent four players (defensive lineman Calais Campbell, free safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Patrick Peterson also special teams ace Justin Bethel) to the Pro Bowl last year and feature one of the deepest rosters in the NFL.
Even though Arizona has one of the best defenses in football, they still showed the desire to upgrade in the off-season and traded for outside linebacker Chandler Jones (brother of UFC lightweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones). They also signed veteran defensive back Tyvon Branch.
The Cardinals 3-4 defensive line is anchored by Campbell but also features some other talent. Former USC standout defensive end Frostee Rucker is also a force to be reckoned with.
Arizona also drafted Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche even though there were major concerns about his character leading up to the draft. If Nkemdiche can reach his lofty potential, the Cardinals will have made the best move of the 2016 draft.
Solid inside linebackers Kevin Minter and Daryl Washington join Jones as standouts on Arizona linebacking corps. Washington is suspened for part of the 2016 season but is still a huge asset to the team.
Their group of defensive backs are the unquestioned strength of the Cardinals defense. Headlined by All-Pros Peterson and Mathieu — also known as the Honey Badger — the Cards have potentially one of the most feared secondaries in the league.
Peterson is a top-three cornerback and Mathieu is one of the most versatile players in the NFL. Veteran safeties Branch, D.J. Swearinger and Deone Bucannon further prop up this dynamic crew.
The Cardinals certainly have the talent to make another run in 2016, but the Seahawks will work hard to reclaim their throne as the best in the NFC West.
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