It’s all coming together for our beloved Arizona Cardinals. As of the writing of this article, the Cards are 6-0 and the only undefeated team left in the NFL. So, let’s take a look at the Cardinals and see if they’re the real deal or one game away from collapse.
The Good: Kyler Murray
Lamar Jackson is almost unstoppable. Josh Allen is a Sherman tank with a Ferrari engine. And Patrick Mahomes is arguably the most dynamic quarterback of all time. Not one of these highly mobile quarterbacks is undefeated after five games. Kyler Murray is. Yes, he’s made mistakes. And yes, football is a team effort. But when you compare Kyler to his contemporaries, Kyler is just as good as any of them. On pace for nearly 5,000 passing yards, more than 30 touchdowns, and with a scary ability to evade defenders while still maintaining accuracy, Kyler Murray has arrived.
The Bad: Some of Those Wins
Two of the Cardinals’ first six wins were by a touchdown or less, with the 49ers’ defense and rookie quarterback Trey Lance hanging around until the end and the Minnesota game coming down to a last-second missed field goal. None of this is overly concerning. After all, their other four games were decisive victories. But in a sport that comes down to inches, if you're talking undefeated seasons and Super Bowls, the little things can become big problems going down the stretch.
The Ugly: The Inevitable
In the last half-century of the Super Bowl era, the NFL has had only two undefeated regular seasons. Despite this, with a 6-0 record, we’ve already got fans screaming, “Undefeated season!”. However, upcoming battles with the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers, Dak and the Cowboys, and of course, the division rival L.A. Rams, the road to perfection has more than a few bumps. Can the Cards go 17-0? Sure. Will they? Only time will tell.
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