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Last Season: 5-11, 1-5 division
Playoffs: Missed the postseason
Stat Leaders: QB Kevin Kolb (1,169 YDS, 8 TDS, 3 INTS); RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (356 YDS, 4 TDS); WR Larry Fitzgerald (798 YDS, 4 TDS); LB Daryl Washington (134 TACKLES, 9.0 SACKS)
The Buzz: Arizona had the worst offense in the NFL last season, managing just 263 yards of total offense per game. The team's inept offensive line contributed heavily to those numbers. New starting quarterback Carson Palmer is charged with getting the offense back on track. First-year head coach Bruce Arians is a strong play-caller who should help put Palmer in position to utilize star receiver Larry Fitzgerald. On defense, Tyrann Mathieu should thrive with a fresh start in Arizona. Mathieu, also known as the Honey Badger, was kicked off the LSU football team for substance abuse problems. Arizona could be rewarded for taking a chance on Mathieu, who remains an elite playmaker.
Luck Factor: The Cardinals have the bad luck of playing in a tough division. Even though they could be among the NFL's most improved teams, it It's unlikely they can get past won't be enough to get past San Francisco and Seattle.
August 20, 2013