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5 Reasons Why The Arizona Cardinals Will Win The NFC West In 2014

5 Reasons Why The Arizona Cardinals Will Win The NFC West In 2014

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The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a successful first year under head coach Bruce Arians. Even though they missed the postseason, they should be proud at the 10-6 mark they earned last year. It might be hard to imagine a team other than the Seattle Seahawks or San Francisco 49ers winning the division this year, but I wouldn't sleep on the Cardinals. Here are five reasons why I believe the Cardinals will win the NFC West.

5. Solid Draft Class

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5. Solid Draft Class

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The Cardinals did well during this year's NFL Draft by drafting the right players for their positional needs. An example would be drafting safety Deone Bucannon to be the hard-hitter for the defense. With most analysts giving high grades for the team's picks, there is optimism for Cardinals fans not only for 2014, but for years to come.

4. History Doesn't Favor The Seattle Seahawks

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4. History Doesn't Favor The Seattle Seahawks

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While the Seattle Seahawks are a strong team, history has not favored the Super Bowl champions in recent years. In fact, only the Green Bay Packers won their division a year after winning the Super Bowl in the last five years. This opens the door for the Cardinals to sneak past the Seahawks in the challenging NFC West.

3. Schedule Favors the Cardinals

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3. Schedule Favors the Cardinals

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Because the Cardinals finished third in the division in 2013, the team's schedule reflects their final standings for 2014. While the Cardinals have a few tough games, especially in their divisional games, the Seahawks and 49ers' strength of schedule is a little bit more challenging. If the Cardinals can get off to a fast start and win the games that they are supposed to win, then it could set up a three-way battle towards the end of the season.

2. Bruce Arinas

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2. Bruce Arinas

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In only his first year with the Cardinals, Bruce Arians took them from a 5-11 team in 2012 to a 10-6 squad. For a team to have that much of a change in just one year is quite remarkable. The scary part is that the team is not playing at its full potential. If Arians can help the team improve and get them all to gel together, this could be a dangerous group.

1. Momentum from Last Season

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1. Momentum from Last Season

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The Cardinals were the only team last year to have a winning record but fail to make the postseason. In fact, they were in the thick of the playoff race up until the final week of the regular season. The Cards won six of their final eight games last year to make it interesting. Knowing that they were so close to the postseason should drive this team not only to make the playoffs, but to secure the Cardinals' first division title since 2009.