Why not the Cardinals?
Next to special teams and a glaring hole at tight end, the Cardinals have one of the NFL’s most complete rosters, along with six cornerstones as the anchor.
As for Arizona’s free-agent signings potentially being past their prime, at least there was a time where they could play at a Pro Bowl level. If they have any remaining vestiges, the Cardinals will contend for the division title and make a playoff run.
One reason lies in the sense of urgency. Some of these star players have never won a Super Bowl. Guys like J.J. Watt and A.J. Green, for example, realize they’re probably facing one of their last chances to add a Lombardi trophy to their resume.
To be considered an elite quarterback, Kyler Murray must lead Arizona to the playoffs for the first time in his career. While Steve Keim and Kliff Kingsbury need a monster season in 2021 to keep their jobs with the Cardinals.
When you combine Arizona’s complete roster with a win-now mentality, it will threaten to put the team over the top and win a few more games than the experts will likely give them credit for. To the rest of the NFL, a Cardinals team winning the division and making noise in the playoffs will come as a surprise.
But should it? Not when you consider the fact that, barring injuries, few holes exist on the roster. Combine that with the number of the league’s top players at each of their respective positions and aging veterans, it should come as no surprise for anyone if the Cardinals are contending with the NFL’s best in January.