Coming into Sunday’s matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals were riding a 4-game winning streak and looking like a legitimate playoff contender. But, a tough loss to the Eagles dropped them to 7-5 where they might not be able to win enough games down the stretch to make it into the postseason.
At the moment, the Cardinals are in the eighth position in the NFC behind both Philadelphia and the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately for them, Arizona will not win a tie breaker with either team due to a worse conference record than the Eagles and a worse divisional record than San Francisco.
Arizona had a great chance to win the game Sunday, if it had not been for three key mishaps by quarterback Carson Palmer. It’s always tough not to blame the quarterback for a loss, especially when he turns the ball over. Palmer threw an interception on the very first drive for Arizona and later would lose a fumble, as well as toss another costly pick.
Down the home stretch of the season, the Cardinals face the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks in their final two games. They also play two tougher defenses in the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams. St. Louis certainly doesn’t have much playoff hope, but the Titans are fighting for their lives and could be a tough test for Arizona.
Looking at the rest of the schedule, Arizona doesn’t have one easy game. Though they still have hope and mathematically are far from out of it, the remaining schedule will be tough to overcome and in the end, the Cardinals could wind up missing the playoffs after a surprisingly great run this year.