Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; A fan of San Francisco 49ers wide receiver (84) Randy Moss holds a sign in the crowd prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals: Ignoring the Media

Can the offensive line hold up? Does Carson Palmer have anything left? Two questions that have been all over ESPN and NFL.com about the Arizona Cardinals. Experts really liked what the front office did this offseason, but they still believe the Cardinals will be mediocre to average winning five to eight games at best. In the toughest division in football and having one of the toughest schedules in the league the Cardinals have their work cut out for them.

This team won five games last season, and if they were to match that again this year many fans would be horribly discouraged and some fans probably would be expecting it. There is a buzz among Cardinals’ players and Cardinals’ fans they feel excitement, but no one more than the defensive side. I feel this team is hungrier than ever and from reading and listening to player interviews you can feel the intensity in their voice. Fans realistically aren’t thinking Super Bowl when they hear about their team, but they expect the Cardinals to be in that conversation soon within three years.

Bruce Arians and his players on the other hand are thinking Super Bowl without a doubt in my mind. The Cardinals have the talent to compete in the NFC West and should be a playoff team. I feel there will not be anymore Cardiac Cards this team will be fundamentally sound and protect leads unlike in the past even in the days of Kurt Warner. The tough four game stretch against four playoff teams will be crucial to seeing how far this team is from being a contender. Those four games could make or break the Cardinals realistically I could see them going three and one with their only loss coming to the 49ers. Three very tough games against the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Texans. All of which are at home and they have a bye week before the Texans come to town.

I’m predicting 10 wins for this team which will be enough for the second wild card spot, they will win some games that no one expects them to win and win the few games that they are favored to win by experts. Palmer will be more than a game manager which is all he has to do for the Cardinals to be a winning team in my book. The Cardinals will surprise many experts and will probably never be taken seriously, but fans love an underdog. It won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but this team will pull together as one.

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  • papu37165

    Man….I can’t wait to prove them wrong. I think we have a strong chance as long as we come together before regular season hits!

  • CGill

    I feel you on this and I really do want to believe they can finally play to their talent. It’s awesome seeing peoples jaws hit the floor while telling them, I told you so.

  • RoleyAnderson

    Yup, I’ve been saying it for a while – the Cardinals are a deep sleeper this year! The team is pulling together like never before, the chemistry between players is tangible, and they all love their new coach BA. Just the improvement in coaching should account for several wins, then you have the new NFL caliber quarterback Carson Palmer, a solid crew of running backs headed up by Rashard Mendenhall, the best receiving corps in the NFC West headed up by the one and only Larry Fitzgerald, and a potentially good TE crew headed up by Rob Housler who many believe will be a breakout player. The defense has also gotten better in my opinion with additions at almost every position – the only question is how our new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, will handle himself and if he’ll fill in the huge shoes of Ray Horton. If signs from OTAs mean anything though, the defense is coming along at an incredible pace and making plays already.

    I’ve said it so many times: I’m absolutely jacked to see this season! Never been this excited about football in my life!

    • CGill

      I’m pumped myself to see this season. I can’t wait for next month to see what kind of group we’ve got. I know that there’s going to be miss happs from time to time until everyone is on the same page but I’m sure they are going to get it together. I’m praying for, from worst to first.