Last year's season didn't go quite the way the Arizona Cardinals had planned. What are the red birds doing this year to improve their chances for a post season berth, and do we think they have any shot at a title?
Cardinals Week 1 NFL Pick
By: Jordan Sharp
Cards get to play their divisional rival the Seahawks in one of the late
afternoon games in Week 1. Even with their quarterback controversy brewing, the
Cards are an even pick em with the Seahawks. Part of the reason could be
because the Cardinals are the home team, however, Seattle’s defense and new
offense under what will most likely be Matt Flynn will give the Cards troubles.
NFL odds makers have set the total to this one at a low 41 points.
point in the season, or pre season, I can’t recommend playing Arizona. Seattle
is probably the second best team in that division, and I could see them getting
a wildcard slot this season. I like the Seahawks on the moneyline.
My Pick: Seahawks ML
Cardinals Flying Under The radar
By: Jordan Sharp
question around the Cardinals this upcoming training camp and season is John
Skelton or Kevin Kolb? I’ll dive into that brewing quarterback controversy
Cards gave up several assets and a lot of guaranteed money to get Kolb from the
Eagles, and after he got hurt, Skelton came in and performed rather well. In my
eyes, the Cards will do everything possible to give Kolb the upper hand for the
job, considering he and the Cards’ front office need to justify giving up so
much to get him and keep him. However, there will come a point in the season
where if Kolb isn’t performing, money will not be the issue.
didn’t amaze anyone last season, but he did play well in spurts, and he greatly
improved Larry Fitzgerald’s value (for all you fantasy players). Skelton locked
onto and almost force fed Fitzgerald, where Kolb liked to spread the ball
around more. It appears to be a dead heat at this point, but you can’t tell a
lot from OTA’s. Training camp is right around the corner, and I think we are
going to need a majority of the preseason to see who will start in the desert.
By: Jordan Sharp
Cardinals had a disappointing season last year, as nothing seemed to come
together like they had planned it. They traded for and gave a huge contract to
Kevin Kolb, which ended in controversy, as Kolb stunk, and back up John Skelton
Cardinals remain committed to Kolb, as they kind of had to, so this will be a
big season for Kolb and the Cardinals. That division is weak and ruled by the
49ers, and the Cardinals are probably not even the second best team in the
division. Let’s take a look at some of the NFL odds, offseason news, drafted
players and other things effecting Arizona going into this new season.
Free agent news
Cardinals had a lot of free agents this offseason, and they have done a pretty
good job of resigning most of them so far. Out of 23 free agents, the Cardinals
have signed 11 of them, and have only lost three so far. The rest are still
retained two of their important offense threats in LaRod Stephens-Howling and
Early Doucet. They have also just recently re-signed Clark Haggans, who was a
very good linebacker for this team last season.
might not have seemed that bad last season, but Seattle will be much better
this season, and the Cardinals might just regress a little. They have done
little to improve on their below average defense from last season, and among
all the 32 teams in the NFL, there will be no bigger quarterback controversy
heading into the preseason.
Cards had seven picks in the draft, and they went offense on a lot of it. Their
top pick was 13th overall, where they got Notre Dame WR Michael
Floyd. Floyd has great size and athleticism, and he has great ball skills. Last
season with the Irish, Floyd had 100 receptions, over 1100 yards and nine
exception of taking a corner and a safety with the 80th and 177th
picks, the Cardinals went all offense in the draft. They got three offensive linemen,
and even grabbed a quarterback in the 6th round.
has to go head to head with the NFC North and the AFC East this season, two
conferences that will be very tough. The Cardinals also have a pretty tough
start to their season, which includes home games against the Eagles and
Seahawks, and a trip to Boston to face the Patriots in the middle during weeks
1, 2 and 3.
of their season is pretty tough as well, as three of their final five games are
on the road, including closing out their season against the Bears and Lions at
home, and then on the road against the 49ers in week 17.
for debate as to whether the Cardinals are ready to compete or ready to
rebuild…again. NFL Odds Makers have the Cards at +5500 to win the Super Bowl.
It sounds like Vegas thinks they are rebuilding again and will regress from
their 8-8 season. There are only ten teams with worse odds to win it all.