There is often a time in each season where the team decides where they are going.
Today, we as fans saw where the Arizona Cardinals are as a franchise and that is the moral victory side of things.
It was on the team site:
The biggest local site in AZ:
And our friend Jess Root’s site:
Cardinals vs. Chiefs results: Arizona nets moral victory in loss
What it shows is that the Arizona Cardinals are not a team that is competing, but instead are looking for positives in an otherwise negative filled season.
Think about it, their rookie quarterback was sacked or hit 13 times in 39 pass attempts, or one in every three.
That is not good for any quarterback, let alone a rookie.
They have one of the best running backs in the NFL, they have a Hall of Fame wide receiver and they have a young, talented quarterback.
Yet in non-49ers games they have scored 80 points, that is their seven losses.
In their two wins they have scored 46 points.
As a team, they have scored over 20 points one time this season, in their first win against the 49ers and in their non-49ers games they are averaging 11 points per game.
You can point to an improved defensive effort against the Chiefs, they allowed the lowest point total to the Chiefs in 2018, yet in non-49ers games, they have given up an average of 27 points per game.
There is no moral victories in getting beat by an average of 16 points per game in your losses.
That is being a bad team.
The Cardinals are giving up 27 points per game, that would put their opponents in the top 12 of NFL in scoring.
They rank 31st in points per game at 13.8.
Wins are all that matters right now, losing by slightly less than average is not a moral victory, but it is understandable in why fans and media would feel that way.