Merry Christmas, RotBers! This has been a strange year, but we’ve made it to the holidays. I hope everyone is able to celebrate safely today.
It’s been a strange year for the Cardinals, too, but it’s been more good than bad, more nice than naughty. So in the spirit of the holidays, here is my wish list for the Cardinals for the rest of the season.
This Christmas, I wish for…
- A playoff berth. We just need two Cardinals wins (against the 49ers and Rams) or one win and one Bears loss (against the Jaguars and Packers). Wrapping it up this weekend would be nice, but it’s tough to see the Bears losing to the Jags. So we might have to sweat this out in Week 17. But a trip back to the playoffs is at the top of my wish list for this season. Anything else—even a playoff win—would just be a bonus.
- A sweep of the 49ers. From 2015 to 2018, we got this gift every year in putting together an 8-game winning streak against our division rival. Last year we got a lump of coal instead when they swept us. So let’s get a win at State Farm Stadium tomorrow and get a new win streak started.
- More rushing TDs for Kyler Murray. Kyler’s rushing production fell off a bit during our 1-4 funk, but he needs just 3 more rushing TDs to tie Cam Newton’s record for most rushing TDs by a QB in a season (14). Four more and the record would be his. Of course, Newton himself has 11 rushing TDs as well this season, so he could very well tie or break his own record if Kyler doesn’t.
- No new injuries and better health for our injured players. Let’s try to get through the rest of the season with no new injuries. (That’s probably wishful thinking.) But I’m also wishing for full recoveries for Chandler Jones, Corey Peters, Jordan Phillips, Dennis Gardeck, and the rest of our injured guys. Come back stronger in 2021, fellas!
- Playoff losses for the Seahawks and Rams. Okay, so pettiness isn’t exactly in the holiday spirit, but playoff success for our division rivals would definitely ruin my holiday season. Let’s root for early exits for the Seahawks and Rams. Maybe if the stars (and seedings) align right, we could be the ones sending them home ourselves.
That’s my list—short but sweet. Don’t want to get too greedy. So what’s on your Cardinals wish list, readers? Cast a wish or two in the comments.