October looking better by the day
Look at the Cardinals schedule in October right before the season began and you could figure in maybe one or two wins if the ball bounces right. However not only with the poise Murray has shown so far in keeping the Cardinals in games, but now the opponents don’t look as daunting either.
They start October off with a road game at the Cincinnati Bengals. They played the Seahawks tough in week one in Seattle, but they went home last Sunday and got blasted by the San Francisco 49ers 41-17.
After a one-week venture on the road, the Cardinals come home to face the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons beat the Philadelphia Eagles last week in their home opener, but as recent history has proven, those two teams recently rarely play to conventional wisdom when facing one another.
The Falcons lost in week one to the Minnesota Vikings 28-12 and it wasn’t that close. The Vikings had a commanding 28-0 lead after three quarters.
After Atlanta, the Cardinals go on arguably their toughest two-game road trip of the season. They go to New York to face the Giants. The Cardinals were going to face Eli Manning. Now they are likely to face rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
Jones was named the new starting quarterback on Tuesday. Manning is now relegated to the bench. Jones will have had a few weeks under his belt though by the time the Cardinals arrive.
Then it is off to New Orleans to face the Saints. Drew Brees injured his hand last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams and is expected to miss at least six weeks. That would have him missing the Cardinals at this point.
The team closes out October with a Thursday night matchup at home against the 49ers. The 49ers look improved, so it won’t be easy but the Cardinals have had their number as of late.