The Arizona Cardinals can now begin to look forward to the offseason. In a game more reminiscent of the Arena League, the Cards lost to the high powered New Orleans Saints 48-41, ending any shot at a consecutive playoff appearance.
This certainly wasn’t the plan.
After a 2015 run that ended in Carolina, ironically also underachievers this year, hopes were high that this edition would find that chemistry that buoyed the Cardinals last season. But it just hasn’t happened.
While Carson Palmer has played well, he’s also had to play from behind, or at the very least, to keep up with their opponent.
As for yesterday in Glendale, the Saints and Drew Brees did to Arizona what they did to NFC West brethren Los Angeles and San Francisco. Like the Rams and 49ers, the Cardinals couldn’t keep up either.
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That said, the expectations in L.A. and with the Niners weren’t on par with those in Arizona. Preseason prognosticators liked Seattle and Arizona out West. While Seattle has certainly kept up their end of the deal, the Cardinals haven’t.
Also, it’s effectively a lost season for quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer, who is 36, will roll the calendar over another year when he turns 37 on the 27th of this month. He just may not have a lot of time left to bring a Super Bowl trophy to Arizona.
As for 2016, the Cards have two games left. They finish on the road in Seattle on Christmas Eve, and in Los Angeles on New Year’s Day. Against those two teams this season, Arizona is 0-1-1.
Those are two games they’d like to put in the ‘win’ column to close this campaign.