Arizona Cardinals: 2011 First-Half Awards

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Arizona Cardinals: 2011 First-Half Awards
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Despite popular opinion, the Arizona Cardinals are deserving of some first-half awards this season. Those examining only the Cardinals' win-loss record (1-5) may disagree, but that view is a shortsighted one.

Sure, the Cardinals have lost five games in a row. In any city, on any team, such a five-game slide would draw the ire of the most dedicated fan.

Surely the Cardinal players themselves must have the feeling of ether burning in their chests after losing week in and week out. And yes, if Arizona doesn't get a road win against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday, we can label the month of October "Losstober."

Despite the current affairs in Glendale, however, I see this as a team that is headed for a solid second half of the season. Based on how the Cardinals have played through the first half of this season, awards are in order.

I'm here to hand out three awards to this Cardinals team for its play to date.

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