According to FanSided’s Matt Verderame, the Arizona Cardinals will go from 3-13 in 2018 to 5-11 in 2019.
After the Arizona Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury to lead the flock, added talent via free agency and will be adding more in the 2019 NFL Draft, FanSided’s Matt Verderame doesn’t think the team has done enough to make the playoffs next season.
In one of his newest articles, Verderame broke down each week of next season and predicted who will win each game. Included with his Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints Super Bowl were a top-seeded Los Angeles Rams and the Cardinals following up a 3-13 season with a 5-11 one.
With the 5-11 record, the Cardinals would finish towards the bottom of the NFC for a second-straight year. Here is his breakdown of the Redbirds’ lowly season:
- Week 1 vs. Detroit Lions: Loss
- Week 2 @ Baltimore Ravens: Win
- Week 3 vs. Carolina Panthers: Win
- Week 4 vs. Seattle Seahawks: Loss
- Week 5 @ Cincinnati Bengals: Loss
- Week 6 vs. Atlanta Falcons: Loss
- Week 7 @ New York Giants: Loss
- Week 8 @ New Orleans Saints: Loss
- Week 9 vs. San Francisco 49ers: Win
- Week 10 @Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Loss
- Week 11 @ San Francisco 49ers: Win
- Week 12: BYE
- Week 13: vs. Los Angeles Rams: Loss
- Week 14: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Win
- Week 15: vs. Cleveland Browns: Loss
- Week 16: @ Seattle Seahawks: Loss
- Week 17: @ Los Angeles Rams: Loss
*Note* Mark wrote on the NFC rankings that the Cardinals went 4-12, which seems to be a typo as he predicted them to go 5-11.
These are interesting results to the say the least coupled with more of the same. For back-to-back seasons, Verderame wrote that the Cardinals would sweep the 49ers, and lose both matchups versus the rest of the West. He also had recently signed Terrell Suggs winning his homecoming game versus the Ravens and Bruce Arians winning his return against the Cardinals.
Ultimately, he has the Cards going 5-11, which is an improvement but may not be enough. Winning against the Steelers at home is nice, but if the season turns out like this more change could be coming in the desert.