Of all the teams in the playoff picture across the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals are getting the least amount of love. It’s not unfair by any means, but the Cardinals win/loss record speaks for itself at this point. After a third straight win on Sunday, the Cardinals are right in the thick of things. Because they play in the tough NFC West, they’re still in third place, but the Cardinals are now a win and loss by another team away from being in position to make the postseason.
Week 11 was a game where Arizona simply had to take care of business on the road, and that’s exactly what happened. Sure, it was just a win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, but those are the games that potential playoff teams have to win.
At this juncture of the season it’s obvious that the Seattle Seahawks are going to win the NFC West, so the Cardinals are left in a battle with four or five other teams for one of the Wild Card spots. It’s a good place to be if you’re the Cardinals, but it won’t be easy considering their strength of schedule. Arizona will face three first-place teams and have to finish up with games against the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
It’s still way too early to buy Arizona as a real threat to make the playoffs this year, but the team deserves credit for what it’s done in 2013. Their defense is very solid and if Carson Palmer can regain his old form in the final weeks of the season, look for the Cardinals to make things interesting in the NFC.
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