Yesterday the Arizona Cardinals blew another opportunity of getting back in the race for winning the NFC West win they lost to the high-powered Atlanta Falcons 38-19. The sad part about it is that the Cardinals division rival, the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-5 yesterday evening.
The Cardinals failed to take advantage of the Seahawks loss, by not taking care of business against Atlanta yesterday afternoon. With that being said, the Cardinals opportunity of winning a Super Bowl Title with Carson Palmer under center could be closing.
The writing may have been on the wall after last season’s NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers, in which they lost 49-15. In that contest, Palmer was 23 of 40 for 235 yards, four interceptions, and only one touchdown pass. However, there were many people, including myself that believe that Palmer and the Cardinals would bounce back and make another playoff run in 2016.
So far, that has not been the case. With the loss to the Falcons, the Cardinals dropped to a record of 4-6-1. Mathematically, they still have a chance to win the NFC West, but the way things are turning out, their only way of getting into the postseason will be as a Wildcard.
Based on what I see with the Cardinals, you never know which type of team you will get on a weekly basis. One week they might put up over 30 points on an opponent and the next week they could be in a defensive struggle with a team like the Seahawks in which the game ended in a 6-6 tie.
But over the last two weeks, Carson Palmer and the Cardinals have not gotten it done. In Week 11, they failed to come from behind to defeat the Minnesota Vikings after mounting a late fourth quarter comeback. Yesterday against the Falcons, a team that struggles on the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinals could not score enough points to pull off the upset on the road.
The Cardinals next four opponents are Washington, Miami, New Orleans, and Seattle. All four teams listed have playoff aspirations and will pose a major challenge for the Cardinals on both sides of the football. Those four football games will determine if the Cardinals front office should stay or move on from Carson Palmer going into next season. Tony Romo could be on Bruce Arian’s radar real fast.
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