The Arizona Cardinals have a reasonably good chance of being crowned the champions of what appears to be a mediocre division.
Seven years have passed since the Arizona Cardinals were a dominant force in the NFC West. Back in 2015, the Bruce Arians-led Redbirds took home the division title after winning 13 regular-season matchups.
We’re now two weeks into the current campaign, and the Cards could once again be a contender for an NFC West championship. It’s not that head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s squad are world-beaters. Arizona got annihilated by the Kansas City Chiefs on opening day, and barely escaped with an overtime victory over the Las Vegas Raiders last Sunday.
Any optimism surrounding the Cardinals has more to do with how ordinary the rest of their divisional foes appear to be heading into Week 3. At the moment, each one of the three rivals has appeared vulnerable while compiling a mediocre 1-1 record.
Arizona Cardinals are residing in a less than impressive NFC Western division
It all starts with the Los Angeles Rams, the reigning NFL champions who will visit State Farm Stadium this coming weekend. Quarterback Matt Stafford and his teammates were humiliated by the Buffalo Bills on the league’s opening night, and barely got by an unimpressive group of Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.
Next are the San Francisco 49ers, a franchise who lost starting signal-caller Trey Lance to a season-ending ankle injury last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. The Niners did manage to emerge victorious in that contest, but their loss to the lowly Chicago Bears just one week before was downright embarrassing.
Last but not least are the Seahawks, who somehow defeated a much-more talented Denver Broncos team on September 12th. Any chance of keeping that momentum going ended last Sunday when head coach Pete Carroll’s crew were trounced by a motivated bunch of 49ers.
Whether the Cards have enough to walk away with a long-overdue division title this year is anybody’s guess. The odds of that happening have certainly increased, however, thanks to an NFC West that’s looking a lot less formidable these days.