Cue “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister and start sobbing Cardinals fans as the team you hope to make the playoffs won’t likely learn to fly again this year. The NFC West is too far out of reach with the Seahawks set to face mediocre opponents for the rest of the season. But the only chance the Cardinals have to make the playoffs would be an absolute collapse to the litany of teams at or above .500. Sitting currently as the 10th seed the first step is to make an example of the Falcons which will be tough as the Cardinals are playing injured.
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Wednesday’s injury report is long. The most notable players are LG Mike Lupati, LB Kevin Minter and DT Corey Peters. Although Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are on the list we assume they have the day off while most others are primarily on the defensive side of the ball. The closer we get to Sunday’s game should shorten this list. Injuries have been an ongoing issue with the team as offensive struggles can be sourced back to the team placing G Evan Mathis on injured reserve.
The most frustrating part of this Cardinals team is the lack of consistency on all three disciplines. Offense at times struggle with passing and defense has allowed a large number of points to opposing teams with five games being decided within seven points. Special teams’ mistakes are unfortunately more common than not. The sad part is the Cardinals have the tools to become great but poor execution and injuries are the result of the current situation.