The Arizona Cardinals have now played what many consider the easy part of their schedule
The Arizona Cardinals have definitely improved over the past two weeks but there is still plenty of work to do. After defeating the New York Jets on Monday Night Football 28-3, the Cardinals have evened their record at 3-3.
The Cardinals are just a couple of plays from being the 5-1 many expected them to be at this point of the season. This week the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks looms large.
The last three trips by the Seahawks into Arizona has netted them three victories by a combined score of 105-34. Each game had a different circumstance to it that lead to the Cardinals not playing to the best of their abilities.
There are no excuses this time though. Seattle is 4-1 and flying high. They have had some injuries but they are still the Seahawks. A loss this Sunday night could spell the end of the Cardinals divisional championship hopes.
After the Seahawks the Cardinals travel to face the Carolina Panthers. Sure, they are currently 1-5 but they will be coming off a bye week and getting some people back healthy as well. It won’t be as easy as the record indicates.
10/30at Carolina Panthers
11/13San Francisco 49ers
11/20at Minnesota Vikings
11/27at Atlanta Falcons
The Cardinals will have their bye week after those two games then face the San Francisco 49ers at home after the bye. After that though are road trips to face the currently undefeated Minnesota Vikings and then the Atlanta Falcons.
The Cardinals have just three home games remaining after the bye week. The Cardinals can certainly win on the road but they won’t have the home cooking they feast on. That is what makes those losses to the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams tougher pills to swallow.
If the Cardinals make it to the bye at 5-3 with the 49ers right after, they could be 6-3 going into those tough November road games. Lose one of the games between the Seahawks and Panthers, they are still likely alright but would be in a much better position for the stretch run with two victories there.