Cardinals Getting No Love

So the Super Bowl odds came out today.  Cardinals have the longest of shots at 50-1.  Sounds like I’m about to go put $20 on the Cards to win it all.  That’ll show em.

By reading the national columns and stories around the country today, one thing is for certain, that there is no expectation of the Cardinals win even one game much less the Super Bowl.  I can’t say that I’m surprised, especially given the Cardinals play against Minnesota and New England in December.  However, they also seem to be written off as a team that beat up on a poor division.  While that may be true on many levels, the fact is, they are an NFL team who did what they needed to do to get into the playoffs, and that’s more than 20 other teams in the NFL wish they could be saying right now.  Don’t fault the Cardinals for playing in the NFC West.  It is what it is.  Sure, the AFC West would have been the only other division they would have on with their 9-7 record, but let’s give them some props.  Celebrate.  Not too hard though.  Let’s act like we’ve been there before.

So what are they saying?  Take a look -

DJ Gallo of ESPN.com says the Cards can’t play defense, can’t run, and have the stigma of being the Cardinals, so it’s no wonder they are 50:1 odds.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com ranks the Cardinals 13th in his most recent Power Rankings.  I’ve thouroughly enjoyed reading his columns this season, however, I’ve got to disagree with him.  Remember there are 12 teams that make the playoffs.  This means a team that did not make the playoffs is ranked ahead of the Cards.  That’s not right.  At least rank them 12th Sando!!

Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that if there is one place to play on the road in the NFL playoffs, your prayers have been answered if it is Arizona.

John Frascella (JFro) of CNNSI.com predicts an Atlanta road victory in Arizona.

Adam Krohn of the Daily Citizen in Dalton, GA says the Cardinals are the least intimidating of the playoff teams

Sean McNally of Bloggingdirty.com even rips the stadium’s name.  Here’s something for you too.  Something I wasn’t even aware of till a few seconds ago – this lead blogger for the Fansided Network’s Atlanta Falcons blog – lives in Phoenix!  Seriously!

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons

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  • http://bloggingdirty.com/ The Dirty Bird

    I respect anyone looking out for their team and defending something they really belive in as much as you need to to blog about your team. However, if you look objectivly you cannot tell me that the Patriots are not a better team and should not have been out of the playoffs this year.

    If you look at the Cards from top to bottom you see a great pair of wideouts, the best in the league in my opinion and a QB that can shoot the lights out but a really weak running game.

    I will take a rookie QB who plays smart, one awesome wideout and a hell of a running back tandem to eat up yards and punish the Cards D.That way the Falcons keep your high octane passing game off of the field and our defense rested.

  • AZScott

    Patriots are a better team than the Cards – they proved that last week in Foxboro.  However, the y did not do what they needed to do to get in.  The Cards did.  Sure expectations are different, but you must play within what you are given.  Can’t fault the Cards for that.  Yep – weakest running game in the NFL hands down.  They still won 9 games, even if 6 of them came from the NFC West.

  • http://bloggingdirty.com/ The Dirty Bird

    You just said it all homeslice, 6 wins against an awful, injury decimated and under-talented division. I want to like the Cards and I do have my personal favorite: Anquan Boldin has been my favorite since his first game vs. the Lions. He went off!

    I am going to the game how about you? Maybe we can meet.