The Arizona Cardinals surprised the NFL last season finishing the regular season with a respectable 10-6 record while narrowly missing the postseason.
Along their regular season journey, the Cardinals beat the Carolina Panthers 22-6 and pounded the Indianapolis Colts 40-11. Both of those teams went on to play in the postseason.
The Cardinals also upset the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field to snap their 14-game home-winning streak and almost beat the San Francisco 49ers in the final game of the season.
Looking at all of those positives, Arizona is excited about the upcoming season and feel confident they can compete in the ultra-competitive NFC West.
Cardinals’ defensive end Calais Campbell was a guest on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday and said that he is confident the Cardinals are contenders in the NFC.
“This year, I feel like we have all the pieces to the puzzle,” Campbell said. “We brought in Antonio Cromartie, [which has] really helped the defense out a lot. And if our offense can give us 21 points [per] game, we should be able to beat anybody.”
Campbell also took a jab at the Seahawks saying Seattle should have been “happy” that Arizona missed out on postseason play.
“Last year, Seattle was happy we didn’t get to the playoffs,” Campbell said. “They knew if we got in, we would have been a tough team to beat.”
The Cardinals didn’t necessarily dominate every aspect of their last meeting with the Seahawks, but they certainly outplayed them enough to earn a well-deserved victory.
Arizona had 307 total yards to Seattle’s 192 and had more passing and rushing yards while holding possession of the ball 15 minutes more than the Seahawks.
Seattle did pick off four Carson Palmer passes to keep them in the game, but in the end, the Seahawks lost 17-10. It would be the last loss of their Super Bowl-winning season.
The Cardinals had a tough time with the NFC West last year, finishing 2-4 against their division. Arizona was 8-2 against the rest of the league.
This year, the Seahawks will play the Cardinals on Nov. 23 in Seattle and again in Glendale, Ariz., on Dec. 21.