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The Cardinals may be in first place in the “games almost won” column, but unfortunately for them that column does not count for much. The Cardinals, who were picked as preseason favorites by many experts to win the NFC West, have now lost three straight games since their opening weekend win over Cam Newton and the Panthers.
Where the struggles all start for the Cardinals is on defense. More specifically, against the pass. They are currently ranked 26th in the league through the air and it looks at times like wide receivers my cousins pop-warner football team could beat their corners on a deep route.
A scary thought for Cardinals fans is they haven’t even played a high powered offense yet. So far they have played the Panthers (with a rookie making his first start), Redskins, Seahawks and Giants.
Remember, they were the team that gave up the 400 passing yards to Cam Newton in his first start. At this pace, when they play an actual high powered offense things may get ugly.
That’s the bad news. The good news is the Cardinals are still playing in the NFC west. So they still have a chance.
They head up to Minnesota in week five to take on the winless Vikings in what may be just what the Cardinals need. The Vikings cannot throw the ball at all, and they also let you throw it all over them. Maybe this is the week Kevin Kolb can get his mojo back.
The Red Birds need a win this week because following their bye in week six they have two tough games against the Steelers and the Ravens. If they hope to have any chance at all of achieving their preseason goals of making the playoffs, it all rides on winning this Sunday.