This year, the Arizona Cardinals face an interesting schedule. How will they do in Kyler Murray’s sophomore campaign?
The Arizona Cardinals feel like one of those teams that could make a major jump next season. The big problem here is the team plays in the NFC West. It might be the best division in all of football, and the Cardinals on paper look like the clear-cut last place team. The Cards could go 8-8, and still be the worst team in the division.
The schedule doesn’t fall in their favor, with six games against their own division. However, they do face the AFC East and NFC East for the rest of their schedule, two of the weakest divisions in the entire league. It could provide the right situation to build confidence for themselves overall. So, how will their schedule fall out?
San Francisco 49ers
The Cardinals had one of those days here where things don’t seem to go right. Murray fumbled on a sack that he should have thrown away. Chase Edmunds tripped over his own feet before taking off for a big run. Byron Murphy Jr. dropped an interception. It was just a bad day.
It becomes clear that the Cardinals are a team good enough to beat up on the little guy, and struggles with the big matchups. Seems obvious, right? Well, they take it to another level. They are just so talented, that an offense surrounding Dwayne Haskins has no shot.
The start of last year’s downfall for the Detroit Lions was when they tied the Cardinals in Week 1. Sure, they won two games after that, but that was only to eventually hit them like a ton of bricks. The Cardinals win the game on a surprisingly balanced offensive attack, with Kenyan Drake rushing for over 100 yards.
We see the Carolina Panthers being a pretty terrible team, even though we like Teddy Bridgewater overall. Matt Rhule is a good coach, but this roster just has too much turnover, and the offseason was already spun on its head by the COVID-19 pandemic. Losing Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly is too much at once, and they are going to limp through the season.