Finally, an easy opponent!
At least, that's what it would look like based off how the Cardinals played last year. The NFC West rivals clinched last place in the division last season with a 5-11 record.
While our friends over at Revenge of the Birds make no mistake when it comes to their recent struggles (in an ongoing series, Alex Mann has ranked the Cards third or fourth in the division in depth at 5/7 positions he's examined so far), the team has certainly made some steps toward rebuilding during the offseason. They dumped head coach Ken Whisenhunt in favor of Bruce Arians, who brings coaching experience from his time with the Colts and the Steelers, they snatched Carson Palmer from the Raiders to shuffle him in as their starting QB and drafted several notable players, including Jonathan Cooper at guard, Tyrann Mathieu at safety and a healthy smattering of offensive depth at tight end, running back and wide receiver.
As it's been said many times, Palmer isn't exactly the greatest quarterback. But for a team that ranked dead last in offensive yards per game last season, it's hard not to get better with a different quarterback.
And here are some of the Cardinals' stats from last season:
Passing allowed: 200.8 yds/game, 6.5 yds/att
Rushing allowed: 137 yds/game, 4.3 yds/att