Through six games, the Arizona Cardinals stand at 4-2 and in first place in the NFC West. It's right where they should want to be. They have a two-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks and are coming home to play on Monday Night Football.
The problem is with those two losses. They were games the team should have won. More importantly, their two losses were because of beating themselves. They were making mistakes with penalties, committing turnovers and not executing key offensive or defensive plays.
And what have people noticed? The Cards get fat on bad teams, blowing them out, but can't get out of their own way against teams who are at least decent. Their four wins are over bad football teams. Their two losses are against teams who are okay at least.
But the fact the Cardinals are beating themselves is both encouraging and discouraging at the same time.
It is discouraging because they suddenly are unable to execute or play intelligently with any sort of adversity. It makes you wonder about the toughness of the team.
At the same time, you feel encouraged because the only team to really beat them is themselves. No other team has dominated them. When the Rams beat the Cardinals, they still managed to rack up over 450 yards on offense. The same occurred against the Steelers. Defensively, it wasn't a case of the other team just dominating them. It was a handful of plays where the players didn't do their job.
So the problems are fixable. But the fact there are problems with execution and discipline worry you.
The Cardinals are in first place. Be happy. Don't worry so much. But you can be concerned. It really can't be considered coincidental how the team suddenly struggles against okay competition. Just don't jump off the bandwagon quite yet. The Cardinals might be 4-2, but the only team to beat them is the Cardinals.
That's something worth noting.