The 2021 NFL season is nearly upon us and file projections for every group are beginning to be unveiled.
Arizona Cardinals followers won’t be too enthusiastic about USA TODAY Sports’ prediction for his or her group within the upcoming season.
The positioning tasks Kliff Kingsbury’s group to go 7-10 within the 2021 NFL season, the worst file among the many 4 NFC West groups.
Nate Davis wrote: “Stress’s on coach Kliff Kingsbury after the Playing cards skilled main second-half fades (mixed 5-11 file) throughout his first two years. Operating the ball higher – with out being so reliant on QB Kyler Murray – and changing extra third downs would theoretically preserve this group more energizing down the stretch … which incorporates showdowns with 5 2020 playoff groups within the closing seven weeks, a bunch that doesn’t embrace Dallas. Uh oh.”
Davis predicts the Cardinals’ division to be among the many hardest within the NFL within the upcoming season.
He has the San Francisco 49ers successful the division with an 11-6 file and making the postseason because the NFC’s No. 3 seed.
He has the Los Angeles Rams going 10-7 on the yr and making the playoffs because the No. 5 seed within the convention.
Davis additionally predicts that the Seattle Seahawks would be the No. 7 and final NFC playoff seed with a 9-8 common season file, so he has the Cardinals because the NFC West’s lone group to not earn a playoff berth.
That most likely would not go over too properly in Arizona this season.
As for the NFC playoffs, Davis has each the 49ers and Rams successful their Wild Card video games to make it to the divisional spherical.
He has the 49ers shedding to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers within the NFC Championship Recreation.
His AFC Championship Recreation decide? Davis has the Cleveland Browns defeating the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs to make the Tremendous Bowl (he has the Buccaneers repeating as champions).
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Davis’ listing is not the one latest listing to foretell a shedding file for the Cardinals in 2021.
USA TODAY Sports’ List Wire not too long ago pegged the Cardinals to go 8-9 within the upcoming season.
Barry Werner wrote: “Merely not going to purchase into Kliff Kingsbury with the ability to attain double-digits or be above mediocre till he proves he can do it. The Arizona Cardinals have added J.J. Watt, Rodney Hudson, James Conner, Malcolm Butler, amongst many veterans. Their draft was middling. Their 2021 season shall be, too.”
CBS Sports’ R.J. White additionally put the Cardinals’ win whole at simply 8 video games for the 2021 NFL season.
Not each preseason prediction for the Cardinals is so low on Arizona, nevertheless.
Sportnaut predicted that Kyler Murray and firm will break by and make the postseason this season as a Wild Card group.
Matt Fitzgerald wrote: “As for the Cardinals, it’s Yr 3 of the Kyler Murray-Kliff Kingsbury period, which suggests it’s time to take the subsequent step. GM Steve Keim made an enormous splash by signing J.J. Watt to bolster the protection’s entrance seven, and drafting Zaven Collins sixteenth general. The strain is on, as a result of if Arizona doesn’t ship, Keim’s seat shall be sizzling, and Kingsbury may very well be gone. Murray is arguably one of the best mix of throwing and operating the NFL has proper now at QB, and one other yr with DeAndre Hopkins ought to assist the Cardinals surge right into a Wild Card berth.”
We’re fairly positive that sounds rather a lot higher for Arizona followers that going 7-10 or 8-9.
A heck of rather a lot higher.