Will The Arizona Cardinals Make The Playoffs In 2014?
Can The Arizona Cardinals Make The Playoffs?
2014 NFL Season
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The Arizona Cardinals were just a bounce away from making the playoffs last season with a 10-6 record, now they’re heavy underdogs to miss out on the postseason once again with odds of +325.
Can the Cardinals defeat the odds and make the playoffs for the first time since 2009?
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Truthfully, the odds aren’t in the Cardinals favor simply because they share a division with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, two of the best teams in the NFL. You put the Cardinals in any other division and their chances to participate in the postseason are much greater. That’s why I’m biting this line and saying the Cards will be playing past the regular season.
The Cardinals had the best run defense in the NFL last season and should remain towards the top of the list once again with Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett anchoring the front line. The Cardinals secondary should also improve with the addition of Antonio Cromartie, who will play on the opposite side of Patrick Peterson, forming one of the better cornerback tandems in the league. Arizona’s defense is fast, aggressive and will be one of the better defensive units in the league.
Offensively, it really comes down to whether or not quarterback Carson Palmer can be more consistent, and that shouldn’t be an issue with the weapons around him and another year in the system. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd is a solid wide receiver duo and Andre Ellington should only improve as he enters his second season.
The only real concern with the Cardinals right now is their offensive line, which has to give Palmer more time to throw the ball. Jared Veldheer is an upgrade at left tackle and should help make this unit at the very least respectable.
The Cardinals have all of the talent to make the playoffs, the problem is that four of their 16 games are against Super Bowl contenders and that doesn’t include the Detroit Lions, Kanas City Chiefs, the NFC East and the Denver Broncos. That schedule is brutal.
However, I’m a big fan of backing talent and potential, not so much who that team is playing. If a team is talented enough to win, it shouldn’t matter who they’re playing.
That’s why I’m picking the Cardinals to win 10 games this season and make the playoffs.