The Arizona Cardinals registered a big victory a week and a half ago when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys had treated the Cardinals like a red-headed step child for years and often viewed games in Arizona as home games. The Cardinals seem to have established a home field advantage for the first time during their time in Arizona. The home crowds are no longer a collection of opposing teams fans and the noise can be deafening at times. The Cardinals are undefeated at home this year and are 9-2 since Whisenhunt became the head coach. This coaching staff and franchise faces a much higher and more difficult hurdle now though.
The Cardinals don't have a great history of success overall, but victories on the road have been even harder for them to find. They haven't had a winning record on the road since 1976 (not counting the '82 strike shortened season when they were 4-1) and in the 31 seasons since that year they're just 70-173 on the road (again not counting '82). During those three decades they've had just four non-losing seasons but eight seasons with just one win or less on the road. Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt has done quite a bit to change the culture of losing around this franchise but he's yet to figure out how to get this team to perform when they're not at home. The Cardinals were 2-6 last year away from University of Phoenix Stadium and so far they're 1-2 this year.
The Cardinals will find themselves on the road in four of the next six weeks, including two trips to the Eastern Time Zone (CAR & PHI). If the Cardinals want to change the culture of playing poorly on the road, they have to do it in the next month and a half. Thoughts? What's a reasonable expectation for the next six weeks?