Arizona Cardinals NFL Season Recap

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It doesn’t feel like it but the 2020 season was a success for the Arizona Cardinals. It could have been much better if not for a late season collapse that cost them their first playoff berth in five years. The offense went into hibernation during a two-game losing streak to end the campaign and the Cards lost five of their last seven games after leading the NFC West following a win over Seattle in Week 7. It also didn’t help that Kyler Murray missed most of the first three quarters of the do-or-die finale against the Rams. With Murray out the Cards managed little offensively and lost their eighth straight to the Rams, 18-7, to finish at 8-8.

Arizona Cardinals Season Recap

There are different ways to look at the season. The optimist will say the Cardinals are a team on the rise after going 8-8 to match their best record over the past five seasons. The pessimist will say they choked going 2-5 over their final seven games to record the fifth straight non-winning season. Whether you’re a glass half empty or glass half full person, you can’t deny that Murray is the real deal and the offense is in good hands moving forward. There will be changes ahead of 2021, there always are, and getting Murray help is a top priority.

Murray gutted out the final game, though he couldn’t pull off the Willis Reed moment. That likely means the search for a backup quarterback is on the to-do list. Murray was hurt on the final series of the Week 16 game and his status was up in the air. He started against the Rams and sustained an ankle injury on the first series leaving the offense in the hands of seldom-used backup Chris Streveler. Murray made a dramatic return at the start of the fourth quarter but failed to produce points.

The offense was so good over the course of the season, but the unit failed in the final two weeks scoring a total of 19 points in losses to San Francisco and the Rams. A win in either of those games would have secured a playoff spot had everything else played out the way it did. Instead the Cards are left to wonder what might have been. They led the NFL in total offense at the midway point of the season putting up big numbers behind Murray. The second-year QB finished the season with 3,971 passing yards and 26 touchdowns while adding an additional 819 yards and 11 touchdowns on 133 rush attempts. The Cards ranked sixth in total offense averaging 384.6 yards per game, their highest ranking since leading the NFL in 2015.

I guess you could say there were problems following the Week 8 bye. The Cards were 3-6 after the open date with wins over Philadelphia and Giants, who went a combined 10-21-1 on the season. The other win was delivered by the memorable “Hail Murray” pass to beat Buffalo. It was an awful stretch for Cards backers who watched the team go 2-7 ATS over that span. The Cardinals finished 7-9 ATS with the UNDER at 11-5.

The acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins proved to be a good move though it didn’t help the team reach its ultimate destination. Hopkins finished second in the NFL with 111 receptions and third with 1,372 receiving yards. The Cardinals’ pass offense ranked 17th averaging 244.8 yards. On most days the defense played well enough to win games. The unit held opponents to 20 points or less in exactly half of the games and recorded 50 sacks on the season, despite playing most of the year without Chandler Jones. One season after having the worst total defense and 28th ranked scoring unit in the NFL, the Cards improved to 13th and 12th in those respective categories.

Arizona Cardinals Schedule & Results

Week 1 at San Francisco 49ers W 24-20 1-0
Week 2 vs Washington Redskins W 30-15 2-0
Week 3 vs Detroit Lions L 23-26 2-1
Week 4 at Carolina Panthers L 21-31 2-2
Week 5 at New York Jets W 30-10 3-2
Week 6 at Dallas Cowboys W 38-10 4-2
Week 7 vs Seattle Seahawks W 37-34 (OT) 5-2
Week 9 vs Miami Dolphins L 31-34 5-3
Week 10 vs Buffalo Bills W 32-30 6-3
Week 11 at Seattle Seahawks L 21-28 6-4
Week 12 at New England Patriots L 17-20 6-5
Week 13 vs Los Angeles Rams L 28-38 6-6
Week 14 at New York Giants W 26-7 7-6
Week 15 vs Philadelphia Eagles W 33-26 8-6
Week 16 vs San Francisco 49ers L 12-20 8-7
Week 17 at Los Angeles Rams L 7-18 8-8
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Cardinals Past Seasons (2000)

2020 8-8 None
2019 5-10-1 None
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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