Arizona Cardinals Remain In Playoff Chase Despite 3-8 Record, Face Uphill Battle

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Arizona Cardinals Remain In Playoff Chase Despite 3-8 Record, Face Uphill Battle
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**EDIT** Following a week 13 defeat to the Rams, Most of this article is now depreciated**EDIT**


We are preparing to enter Week 13 of the NFL. The home stretch, the final push.

In most divisions, the hunt for the division title is now a two-horse race, a matter of which hitherto inseparable team can hold their nerve until the final minutes. It is shaping up to be a fascinating final few weeks.

And then there is the NFC West.

For a long time considered the worst division in the NFL, the Cardinals, Seahawks, Rams and 49ers have really taken that to heart in 2010.

No NFC West team has a winning record. None have a positive points differential either.

And yet, somehow, all of this has conspired to make this one of the most interesting, if ultimately insignificant, divisional battles in recent memory. The chances of any NFC West team making the Super Bowl are astronomical, but the race to get to the playoffs is really shaping up to be something.

After all, top and bottom are separated by just two games, all four teams remain in contention to take the crown, and for the first time in NFL history, it is really possible, perhaps even likely, that a team will enter the NFL postseason with a loosing record.

Currently, the Arizona Cardinals sit at the bottom of the NFC West, with a dismal 3-8 record. With five games remaining, and just two games back, in spite of the odds, the Cardinals somehow remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.

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