Arizona Cardinals could have more fans at home in 2020
The Arizona Cardinals had a couple of games at home in 2019 that seemed more like a road game
Thank goodness the Arizona Cardinals play the New England Patriots on the road in 2020. Otherwise the Cardinals would likely have one more “road” game to play at State Farm Stadium.
Same can be said for the Dallas Cowboys game. It might even be said about the Buffalo Bills or San Francisco 49ers, although the 49ers play here to a pro-49ers crowd ever year like it or not.
We saw what happened this past season when the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and even the Detroit Lions came to town. Especially against the Steelers it was quite notice just how un-friendly the crowd was towards the Cardinals.
It’s a battle that will likely never end, no matter how good or bad the Cardinals are. However if they can manage to tip the scales towards a winning record or better next season, the Cardinals may just find themselves with the fan advantage at home.
The game against the Miami Dolphins is likely a good bet. So are the Washington Redskins. The Philadelphia Eagles? That one could go either way. We already know what to expect against the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.
Winning does help things no doubt. Next season Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will be in his second season. Look what Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (2019) and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (2018) did in their second seasons.
So if the Cardinals can’t control which fans show up, winning sure can shut them up. That much they can control. The 2019 version of the Cardinals finished 2-5-1 at home, 2 of those losses, to the Steelers and 49ers were very winnable and the Lions game could have gone either way in overtime.
Would have, could have, should have is fun for dreaming. Next season the Cardinals need to make it “did”. It will make for a much more fun environment at State Farm Stadium next season.