Steve Wyche Believes The Arizona Cardinals Are The Best Team In The NFC
- Author: Loretta Pittman Jul 19, 2016,
Jul 19, 2016, 12:26
Last season, the Arizona Cardinals were one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and the team came close to making it, but couldn’t stop the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game. After their successful season, the Cardinals are once again favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, and are going to be the favorite NFL betting picks of a lot of people.
One of the reasons the Cardinals were unable to make the Super Bowl last year was an injury to Carson’s Palmer’s throwing hand, which occurred during the last game of the season. While Palmer was able to play in the playoffs despite the injury, it affected the way he threw the ball, and eventually caught up to the Cardinals in the championship game.
Against the Panthers, Palmer threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles, which put the team in a deep hole they were unable to climb out of. This year, the Cardinals are hoping their quarterback can stay healthy for the whole season. If he can, they will be very dangerous to beat because they have one of the best offenses and defenses.
Someone else that believes the Cardinals are one of the teams to beat in the NFC is the NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, who recently said on a radio show that he thinks the best teams in the NFC are the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.
Wyche said the Cardinals defense, which was already one of the best in the league, will be better this year because the team added Chandler Jones, who will give them an even better pass rush than they had last season.
Last season, Jones had 12.5 sacks and 44 tackles with the New England Patriots, who traded him to Arizona for Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick.
The Cardinals didn’t stop at acquiring Jones, the team also added Robert Nkemdiche in the draft, and if he is as good as the team believes he is, the Cardinals will have the best pass rush in the NFL, which will mean trouble for the opposing quarterbacks that they play.
Without Jones and Nkemdiche, the Cardinals were 13-3 last year. With those two in the lineup and Tyrann Mathieu returning from injury, we could be looking at an all-time great defense to go with a great offense, which generally means a Super Bowl appearance.
Another reason Wyche feels the Cardinals are the best team in the NFC is the fact that the Seattle Seahawks still have some offensive line issues they failed to address in the offseason. If the Seattle offensive line is as bad as it was last season, they will have a hard time slowing down the Arizona pass rush.
The fact that Arizona is also basically returning the same team from last year bodes well for the team because the players have been in the system for an extra year and are used to it. They are also familiar with each other, which means they have good team chemistry.
The biggest reason Wyche believes the Cardinals are the team to beat in the NFC is the fact that they are the only team in the conference that doesn’t seem to have any holes that need to be fixed, while all the other contenders in the conference have a few weaknesses that their opponents can exploit.