Arizona Cardinals: Need more than 10 wins for division title
By Scott Allen
Pro Football Focus has come out predicting the Arizona Cardinals will win the NFC West, going 10-6 in the process
There are times I disagree with Pro Football Focus on their take on the Arizona Cardinals. However now they have come out saying that the Cardinals are ready for the postseason once again.
They predict the Cardinals will win the NFC West with a final record of 10-6. They may make the playoffs with that but it is highly doubtful 10 wins will win the NFC West.
Look for the NFC West winner to have at least 11, maybe 12 victories. They do predict the Cardinals will tie the Seattle Seahawks at 10-6, meaning the Cardinals will have won the tiebreaker over them.
We’ll see. Last season the NFC saw two teams finish 9-7 that did not make the playoffs at all. We may see the same in 2017.
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A record of 10-6 should at the very least get you a wild card but with the schedules the way they are and with Seattle being strong again, the winner of the division will be hard pressed to do it with just 10 wins.
That’s not to say it won’t happen of course. The likelihood of it happening is not high though. The only way this happens if one of either the Cardinals or Seahawks struggle with the Rams and 49ers. Don’t count out the Rams for winning the division but really it should be two-team race.
Pro Football Focus also gives division wins to the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers at 10-6. The only NFC team predicted to do better are the Atlanta Falcons at 12-4. They have the Carolina Panthers getting a wild card at 9-7.
Certainly stranger things have happened. Just caution yourselves with the prediction and realize the competition hasn’t weakened any. For now though, enjoy the thought of the Cardinals making another run at the Super Bowl.