Cardinals head coach has finally figured out the NFC West

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Sean McVay and Kliff Kingsbury
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Sean McVay and Kliff Kingsbury /

Following a two-year learning curve, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is now having his way with the NFC West. 

During his first two seasons as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Kliff Kingsbury struggled with some of the difficult aspects of professional football.

The NFC West, in particular, was giving Kingsbury loads of trouble. Having to learn the intricacies of the NFL while residing in the league’s toughest division was far from an easy task.

Now, 13 weeks into the 2021 campaign, it’s blatantly evident that Kingsbury has figured out how to get the best of his division rivals. In fact, Arizona‘s struggles against the vaunted NFC West now appear to be a thing of the past.

Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals are 4-0 against the NFC West in 2021

Back in 2019, the Cards finished an ugly 1-5 versus their division in Kingsbury’s first year with the organization. The following season, the squad went just 2-4 against their NFC West adversaries.

Thus far in 2021, the Cardinals are a perfect 4-0 versus those same teams. Even more impressive is the fact that the Redbirds have registered double-digit margins of victory in three of the four divisional contests.

In Week 4, Arizona dismantled the Los Angeles Rams on the road by a score of 37-20. A season sweep of the San Francisco 49ers followed, featuring a 17-10 triumph at State Farm Stadium in Week 5, and a 31-17 rout in Week 9. A 23-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field in Week 11 kept the Cards’ perfect mark against the NFC West intact.

Next Monday night, the Cardinals will meet the Rams in a rematch in the desert. The franchise’s last division game of 2021 will be on January 9, when they host the Seahawks in the regular-season finale.

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Arizona is a mere two victories away from a perfect record in the NFC West. That would be quite an accomplishment, and it would be a superb indication of how far Kingsbury has come in his third year as an NFL head coach.