Monday, December 22, 2008

Cardinals soaring at just the right time

We never like to underestimate the importance of a team peaking late in the season. You see it every year: A team that needs to win games down the stretch just to reach the playoffs, and then goes on to win the title. Get hot at the right time and it can translate into postseason success.

So it’s hard to imagine a bigger playoff threat in the NFL this year than the high-flying Arizona Cardinals of the NFC West. The team has hit its stride.

After a slow start against the Patriots yesterday, the Cards rallied late behind Matt Leinart to close the gap to 40 with 6:17 to play. They lost 47-7, but the game was much closer than the score would indicate. Had it not been for a few key calls, it would've been a win.

Arizona has now lost four of five, three of them by 21 points or more. The division is clinched, the four-seed locked up and Kurt Warner is in MVP form. This is your NFC representative in the Super Bowl, people. No real need to go on with the games.

This team is "flying high."


GMoney said...

America's favorite Deadbeat Dad looked fantastic on that scoring drive. He was born to throw in the snow.

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BlogLikeMyJobBob said...

Well put. They showed their ability to play in tough weather conditions as well, in case they run into the Giants. The running game is coming on at just the right time as well.