This Time a Super Bowl Run Won't Be So Miraculous For The Cardinals

Robert BContributor IDecember 29, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 25:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals watches on from the bench against the New York Giants on October 25, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals were the definition of a cinderella last season.  The lowly team that won the worst division in football was expected to be a one and done in the playoffs.  But, they did the unthinkable the Cardinals went on to Super Bowl 43 to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  None the less it was an unbelievable ride for Cardinals fans.  Many did not know what to expect from this team this year, but the Cardinals look like they are ready to make a return to the Super Bowl, the difference this time around nobody would be surprised if this team did it. 

With the sudden collapse of the Saints and Vikings a door of opportunity has opened up for the Cardinals.  They are guaranteed to have atleast one home game, if things go the Cardinals way in week 17 they could end up with the number two seed in the NFC.  When you look at the playoff teams in the NFC they all have clear flaws except for one team and that team is the Arizona Cardinals.  The Vikings defense and offensive line are suddenly collapsing, the Saints lack a run game and their defense has been inconsistent at best during their losing streak, and the Cowboys may be the most up and down team in the NFL; not to mention their playoff struggles.  Teams like the Eagles and the Packers rely way too much on their pass game and both of their offensive lines have struggled all season. 

So, let's get back to the Cardinals, they onced lacked a running game but with the addition of Benie Wells that problem seems to be solved.  We all know about their terrific passing game, and their offensive line that was once struggling has stepped it up as of late giving up an average of two sacks a game over their last two games.  That once laughable defense has become a tough grind it out defense that is holding their opponents to 19.5 points a game which ranks 10th best in the NFL. 

Arizona doesn't have to worry about going east and playing in the cold, that dangerous offense will continue to give opponents fits either outside at Phoenix stadium or in one of the domes.  They may not be that sexy pick like the Cowboys or the Eagles, but it seems everything is set up for another Super Bowl run for the Cardinals.  Football fans won't be surprised if Kurt Warner is hoisting the George Halas trophy on January 24th because these Cardinals have done it before and expect to do it again.