The Arizona Cardinals are the first NFC team to land on PFT’s preseason power rankings countdown coming in at No. 29 on the list. After a 4-0 start to the 2012 season with wins over Seattle and on the road at New England, the Cardinals lost 11 of their final 12 games to finish the season with a 5-11 record.
The four wins to start the year speaks to the talent that still remains on the Cardinals roster. The ensuing 12 weeks highlighted just how badly the Cardinals’ offensive line and quarterback positions hindered their ability to compete the remainder of the year. There is potential for the team to take a significant jump forward with improved quarterback play and a more consistent offensive line.
However, six games against Seattle, San Francisco and St. Louis along with playing the AFC and NFC South will provide a difficult schedule for the Cardinals to navigate. Here’s our take on where the Cardinals stand entering the season.
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