Patrick Peterson says NFC West ripe for the taking

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Patrick Peterson feels the NFC West is more than just the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

In Peterson’s mind, the Arizona Cardinals have as good of a shot as anyone to win the NFC West this season.

The Cardinals finished 2013 as one of the league’s hottest teams, winning seven of their final nine games. Arizona finished with a 10-6 record but missed out on a playoff berth. Four of Arizona’s six losses came to NFC West rivals. They were 0-2 against the 49ers and split with the Seahawks and St. Louis Rams. In fact, the Cardinals are the only team to win a game on the road in Seattle over the last two seasons.

Peterson feels the Cardinals are right there with the Seahawks and 49ers and don’t need to close a massive gap to the division’s best teams.

We gave San Fran two games last year. Gave them two games last year,” Peterson said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “Came out slow and played Seattle slow in the first game, and we still ended up climbing back in the game to the fourth quarter and we kind of tucked our tail again. We went up to Seattle (and won). And lord knows we gave the Rams the first game we played them.”

“We got what it takes. We’ve got the talent. We’ve got the personnel. We’ve got the great coaching staff, front office. We have everything in the pot that we need to help us win ballgames.”

Arizona’s only two losses over the final two months of the season each came by just a field goal to a pair of playoff teams. The Cardinals lost 24-21 on the road to the Philadelphia Eagles and lost 23-20 to the 49ers at home in Week 17.

However, the Cardinals lost two key pieces on their defense that could be difficult to replace in Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby.

Arizona is a very talented team and could very well challenge for a playoff spot this season but supplanting the 49ers and Seahawks for the division crown may prove to be too tall a mountain for the Cardinals to climb.

33 responses to “Patrick Peterson says NFC West ripe for the taking

  1. I would bet that the Cardinals finish in 4th place this year. The lost of the two middle linebackers and the overall age of the team and especially Abraham, Fitzgerald and Palmer are going to catch up to them sooner or later.

  2. I don’t think many Hawk or Niner fans are dismissing the Cards. They are good. Then again, the Rams are legit too. NFCW is going to be a dogfight.

  3. If Bradford becomes more consistent, then ANY of the four teams can take the division. It’s that rough, and that good of a division.

  4. As a Hawks fan, i believe him. Any fan in our division knows that this team can do it. We don’t plan on underestimating the Cards OR the Rams anymore. This is the toughest division in the NFL and we are proud to be apart of it.

  5. As a Seahawks fan, I was most concerned about Arizona if they had made the playoffs last year. Needless to say, I was pleased when they didn’t make it in. I think Peterson is right, the Cardinals are a team to watch out for this year – they could very well win the division.

  6. So in his mind they didn’t actually lose any games……. Seems to me a couple of those games, not just the Niners, that the opponent had off games as well and still found a way to win. Cards are a good team but if he truly believes they just gave all those games away he needs to be piss tested.

  7. Giving the Niners 2 games would suggest at the very the least they had a 4 point lead at some point in the games.

    The most they ever lead by was 1 point. 7-6 at the end of the 1st quarter in the 1st meeting. Ended up losing 32-20.

    Niners jumped out o 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter in the 2nd meeting. final score 23-20.

    Sounds more like he’s suggesting the offense gave it way. 4 TOs in game 1, 2 in second meeting, plus 2 missed FGs.

    Rams game, now that one they gave away. Blew 11 point lead in the 4th quarter.

  8. Brash talk for a guy with a shiny new deal. The Cards are not in the same class as Seattle and SF, it’s that simple. They lost Dansby and Washington and they still have a crappy o-line.

  9. 8-8, at best. No running game, weak OL, lost their 2 best LBs and their best corner is out until mid-season. Fitzgerald fades more every year and Dockett and Abraham are way past 30. Delusional.

  10. Yep, it must be a 3-team race… let’s not worry about the Rams, whom Peter King rates as the #10 strongest team in the league, a whopping 10 places higher than PFT’s #20 ranking… the lowly Rams, who had the best NFC West intra-division record in 2012… the weak Rams, who went 4-0 in their last 7 games in 2013 against non-division opponents — beating New Orleans, Indianapolis, Chicago, and Tampa Bay. Yep, it’s the same old sorry Rams, let’s just ignore ’em.

  11. Easy to mock AZ in ignorance, but they’re a very strong team – and no one outside of Glendale wants to admit it.

  12. I think the card are genuinely a contender. Having said that, we all know you can get jobbed by the refs a game here or there, lose a
    Close one here or there but when you come out with a laundry list of games you should’ve won your just fooling yourself. I’ve done it myself. It’s simple, to be the best you have to win your division without excuses…

  13. Yes, Arizona is very good, and very capable of taking the top spot. While the Rams are good as well, they might be a year or two away from legitimately competing for the division crown.

    While every defense in the division is top notch, Seattle and San Francisco have the offenses to compliment. Palmer and Bradford have reached their ceiling and we know what they’re capable of. While Kaep and Wilson are still coming into their own. Bottom line, the two most complete teams are Seattle and San Francisco.

    “We gave games away” is pretty weak. You lost games, albeit tight ones, just as you won close games.

    Beat the lions by 4, Bucs by 3, Texans by 3 and Titans by 3.

    How did you “give” the 49ers a 32-30 win? You barely beat 4 crappy teams. For every win you “gave away”, you stole some from crappy teams who could’ve easily beaten you.

  14. 2014 results

    Seahawks 12 and 4*
    Cardinals 11 and 5 *
    49ers 10 and 6
    Rams 9 and 7

    *denotes a playoff birth

    I am a Seahawks fan and I have spoke to several Rams and Cardinal fans that kind of look at it as a tough break that there favorite teams finally have really good squads but have to play in the ultra competitive NFCW where the 4 best defenses reside. Even as a Hawks fan finally having the kind of team here that we always wanted but every division game is a war and it seems like this could be the time where we could be going 14 and 2 or 15 and 1 but that will not happen because of crazy tough scheduling whereas any other time in our tenure in the NFCW we would be running away with the division. I feel like the Cards were so up and coming at the end of last year that they will leap frog San Fran as Crapernick will not be able to maneuver through the gauntlet of stout defenses he will be facing, he may be fast but he is a big lanky target with skinny legs that leaves himself susceptible to monster hits from all of these defenses, plus the 49ers secondary is the only true weakness that any of the 4 nfcw defenses have.

  15. *denotes delusion!
    Seawagon 12 and 4*
    Peterson is as delusional as Hawk fans but I do believe AZ will finish in second place in the division. We all know it’s going to play out as follows.

    49ers
    AZ
    Rams
    SeaWagon

  16. I think the fans of the 49ers, Cardinals and Rams can agree on at least one thing. Seahawks fans are so high on their team that they have zero perspective on what’s coming their way this season.

  17. (Rams fan here) – I don’t know about other fans, but I *absolutely love it* that we’re in the toughest division in football. To be the best, you gotta beat the best.

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