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This year was all about setting a foundation for the future in Arizona. The Cardinals did that and helped show that college schemes can work in the NFL by turning around the league’s worst offense in 2018, making this side of the ball respectable in 2019. Unfortunately, the defense was the worst in the league, allowing an NFL worst 402 YPG this season. Growth on both sides of the ball is expected in 2020, but the Cardinals have the misfortune of playing in the toughest division in football at the moment.

Season Recap

Kyler Murray had a fine rookie season. The No. 1 overall pick proved to be worth the selection, making Arizona fans optimistic about the team’s future. He completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,722 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and he was the best running quarterback in the NFC by averaging 5.8 YPC.

Kliff Kingsbury is making people believers too after many criticized the hiring of a coach that had been fired by Texas Tech shortly before becoming Arizona’s head coach. Kingsbury has brought many of his Air Raid concepts to the NFL, and those have worked well even though the Cardinals don’t have much talent at the skill positions aside from Murray.

David Johnson did not have the season many pundits were expecting in this system. Johnson was heralded as a top ten fantasy running back coming into the year, but he was the team’s third-leading rusher with 345 yards on 3.7 YPC. He wasn’t much of a threat in the passing game either, as Kingsbury and the Cardinals turned to former Miami running back Kenyan Drake after he was acquired in the middle of the year.

Drake had a fine year in just eight games with the Cardinals. He was Arizona’s leading rusher  with 643 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.2 YPC. Drake wasn’t much of a threat in the passing game, catching 28 passes for 171 yards, but that’s something Kingsbury and the organization will address in the offseason.

Future Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald led the Cardinals in receiving yards in 2019, hauling in 75 receptions for 804 yards and four touchdowns. Christian Kirk was an excellent complement to Fitz, catching 68 passes for 709 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games, but there wasn’t a solid third option. Second round pick Andy Isabella did not have the year many believed he could have, catching just nine passes all season.

Defense was the major problem for Arizona all season. Chandler Jones and Budda Baker had monster seasons, establishing themselves as two of the best in the NFL at their positions, but everyone else struggled.

Jones finished the year with 19 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, and he would be a serious contender for Defensive Player of the Year on most other teams. His play was even more impressive considering he was usually the only player that opposing teams worried about in the front seven, and he forced eight fumbles to disrupt opposing offenses even more. Baker was selected to the Pro Bowl too with a whopping 104 solo tackles from the safety position and 9.5 tackles for loss with six pass deflections.

Major changes are likely to be made everywhere else on the league’s worst defense this offseason. Arizona’s secondary allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete over 70 percent of their passes, throwing for 281.9 YPG, and the run defense was worse than general stats indicated too.

2020 Season Preview

David Johnson is on the hook for $16.2 million next season, and that completely hamstrings what Arizona wants to do this offseason. If the franchise could, the Cardinals would cut him right now to sign unrestricted free agent Kenyan Drake, but Johnson will make that $16.2 million no matter what and the franchise likely doesn’t want to have that count as dead money.

Expect Arizona to sign a veteran receiver or two with Fitz getting older, but the biggest moves will be made on defense. The Cardinals have the No. 8 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after finishing this year 5-10-1, and they desperately need help at multiple positions on this side of the ball. If Arizona can nail its draft picks, the Cardinals could flirt with .500 next season despite playing in the NFC West.

2019 Arizona Cardinals Betting Schedule

WEEK MATCHUP DATE / TIME TV
Week 1 Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
Week 2 Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 3 Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 4 Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Sept. 29, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 5 Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 6 Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 13, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 7 Cardinals at New York Giants Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 8 Cardinals at New Orleans Saints Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 9 Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Oct. 31, 8:20 p.m. ET FOX/NFLN
Week 10 Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 11 Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Nov. 17, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 12 BYE - -
Week 13 Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 1, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Week 14 Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 15 Cardinals vs. Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Week 16 Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
Week 17 Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
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Past Arizona Cardinals Seasons

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2018 3-13 None
2017 8-8 None
2016 7-8-1 None
2015 13-3 Lost Conference Championship
2014 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2013 10-6 None
2012 5-11 None
2011 8-8 None
2010 5-11 None
2009 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2008 9-7 Lost Super Bowl
2007 8-8 None
2006 5-11 None
2005 5-11 None
2004 6-10 None
2003 4-12 None
2002 5-11 None
2001 7-9 None
2000 3-13 None
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1999 6-10 None
1998 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
1997 4-12 None
1996 7-9 None
1995 4-12 None
1994 8-8 None
1993 7-9 None
1992 4-12 None
1991 4-12 None
1990 5-11 None
1989 5-11 None
1988 7-9 None
1987 7-8 None
1986 4-11-1 None
1985 5-11 None
1984 9-7 None
1983 8-7-1 None
1982 5-4 Lost Wild Card Round
1981 7-9 None
1980 5-11 None
1979 5-11 None
1978 6-10 None
1977 7-7 None
1976 10-4 None
1975 11-3 Lost Divisional Round
1974 10-4 Lost Divisional Round
1973 4-9-1 None
1972 4-9-1 None
1971 4-9-1 None
1970 8-5-1 None
1969 4-9-1 None
1968 9-4-1 None
1967 6-7-1 None
1966 8-5-1 None

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