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2010 Arizona Cardinals Team Preview/Predictions

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2009 Record: 10-6
ATS: 9-7

The 2009 NFL season was not as good as the 2008 campaign for the Arizona Cardinals. This was not unexpected. After all, the Cardinals – who hadn’t sniffed a championship throughout their existence in St. Louis, and who last tasted championship glory while in Chicago (back in 1947) – were not viewed a serious title contender when the 2008 season began.

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Yet, the Redbirds stunned the pro football community by making Super Bowl XLIII and very nearly toppling the credentialed Pittsburgh Steelers in a thrilling contest.

As 2009 dawned, a spirit of confidence and hopefulness pervaded the Arizona camp, but while the franchise didn’t get back to the Super Bowl, it’s not as though the past year of football rated as an appreciable disappointment. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

First of all, no NFC team since the 1997 Green Bay Packers has been able to repeat as the champion of the conference. It’s terrifically hard for any team to reach back-to-back Super Bowls in this day and age, so Arizona’s failure is not something that should weigh heavily on the organization.

Moreover, Arizona did get back to the playoffs, which is something Super Bowl losers often fail to do.

The Cardinals won the NFC West, but just in case people doubted their ability to compete in the playoffs (as was the case when the 2008 playoffs started; no one trusted Arizona then), coach Ken Whisenhunt’s players got the job done in the wild card round once again.

In 2008, the Birds clipped Atlanta; in last year’s wild card collision, Arizona outlasted Green Bay, 51-45, in an overtime playoff classic. Linebacker Karlos Dansby returned an Aaron Rodgers fumble 17 yards for a touchdown to provide the winning score in the extra period.

The defensive tally marked an improbable end to an all-world shootout between Rodgers – the Green Bay gunslinger par excellence – and Arizona quarterback (and future Hall of Fame inductee) Kurt Warner.

Yes, Arizona got whacked by New Orleans in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, but as everyone got to see last winter, the Saints were the best team in the NFL.

There’s no shame in losing to the very best. Arizona had a solid season, and got beaten by a superior outfit. It was just that simple.
In 2010, the outlook is bleak for the Cardinals. Warner has retired. Dansby is now a Miami Dolphin.

Safety Antrel Rolle – a dependable part of Arizona’s secondary over the past few years – is now wearing the colors of the New York Giants. Receiver Anquan Boldin – one of many targets Warner could look to in recent seasons – is now a Baltimore Raven.

Four essential pieces of a playoff-caliber puzzle have left the Desert Southwest and moved on to other places. This leaves the Cardinals thinner, less experienced, and far less talented. Matt Leinart – a backup for most of a very unfulfilling career – will now get his big chance to start under center for Whisenhunt.

That’s not a happy prospect for an organization that rightly came to rely on Warner’s pinpoint passing and always-calm late-game nerves.

The feeling here is that Arizona has sustained far too many departures to remain a winning ballclub. A year with Leinart at quarterback can’t do more than 8-8. If everything goes just right, 9-7 might be a possibility.

Cardinals 2010 Outlook

That’s the most one should expect from this club in 2010.

Cardinals 2010 Futures

Super Bowl Odds: +6050
Conference Odds: +2350
NFC West Odds: +240

2010 Cardinals Predictions

Place they’ll finish in NFC West: 3rd
Place they’ll finish in NFC Conference: 14th
Over/Under Season Wins Prediction: UNDER 7.5 Wins

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Dave Golokhov has written for BETUS Sportsbook, Sportsfanmagazine.com, FOX, Askmen.com, Sports-central.org, and the FOXSports.com Funhouse.

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