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FORK IN THE ROAD
- - - - - We've seen this before. After the Cardinals' humiliating loss at Philadelphia, this season can follow one of two scripts. Either we play like the 2008 Cardinals and squeak out enough games at home and within the division to earn a playoff berth (and beyond), or we roll up like the 2012 version and lose eleven of our last twelve. Sadly, I feel this is more like the latter, and with the coaching staff's inflexibility, it may be time for that proverbial fork to be stuck. There is still time to prove me wrong and the Cardinals remain just one game out of first place. . .
- - - - - Against the Eagles, the Cardinals committed the unforgivable errors of poor pursuit, poor tackling, poor coverage, and poor decision-making. Given John Brown's ability to "defend" errant throws, maybe he could do a better job than our secondary. Maybe it was a footing issue, maybe the equipment manager put on the wrong cleats for the conditions. Or maybe we're simply not very good.
NEXT WEEK, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: This week's showdown with the Buccaneers will help determine if the Cardinals still have what it takes to make a run. I believe that we'll play better at home, against a team that we lead the all-time series 10-9. We only recently took over the series lead, and now have the opportunity to extend it to equal our largest margin against any team in the league (2-game leads against Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Tennessee). That statistic says a lot, and none of it is very good. My prediction, Cards win, 11-9.
TWENTY-SECOND SEASON UNDERWAY
- - - - - As you've probably already noticed, "The Cardinal's" Nest, the Internet's longest-running website dedicated to the Arizona Cardinals, has
undergone a few changes over the years as we embark on our 22nd season. This newer setup will hopefully make it easier for you, the fans, to navigate
these pages. After all, isn't life already hard enough being a Cardinals fan?
- - - - - The bar at the left will contain the links to the other pages on this site, including icons for some of the larger features.
Meanwhile, play in my 22nd-annual On-Line NFL Pool has begun and the Chicago Cardinals Photo
Album, featuring photos and other game memorabilia from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s has opened. Also, check out the
"Arizona Sports Fans" Message Board. As always, if you have any
suggestions, comments, or questions, please feel free to send me E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org;
I always enjoy hearing from Cardinals fans around the country and the world.