For the 2020 NFL season, if we are able to have one, the question becomes how good can the Arizona Cardinals be?
Well, one way to look at it is where the Cardinals rank in last place teams and their 2020 expectations.
For the Cardinals, they come into the season as the second most likely team to go from worst to first in 2020.
From Washington Post:
2. Arizona Cardinals
Projected record in 2020: 7-9, chances of winning the NFC West: 7 percent
“There is a lot of optimism in Arizona following the acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins as the Cardinals’ new No. 1 wide receiver. He, along with quarterback Kyler Murray, the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and running back Kenyan Drake give second-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury the offensive weapons to keep pace with any team in the NFL.”
“They could also get some momentum early. After facing the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 they are favored in the next two games against the Washington Redskins (minus-7) and Detroit Lions (minus-3) plus a pick ‘em on the road against the Carolina Panthers in Week 4. Since 2002, NFL teams that start 3-1 have averaged 10 wins by the end of the season.”
It makes sense, the Cardinals have loaded up on talent and their first five games are very winnable games on paper, potentially giving them a shot at 4-1 heading into their primetime game against the Dallas Cowboys.
While it still seems like the 49ers and Seahawks are the top two teams, they both go into the 2020 season with some questions as well.
The only team with a better chance to go from worst to first is the Los Angeles Chargers and that seems like a tall task with the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs and the best quarterback on the planet, Patrick Mahomes in their way.