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Kolb improves Cards, but will it be enough to win NFC West?

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Arizona Cardinals
2010 record: 5-11 (Fourth in NFC West)

Fearless Forecast

  • Jason La Canfora

    No matter what you think of Kevin Kolb, he has to be markedly better than what they got out of the position in 2010.
    Prediction: 8-8, second in NFC West

  • Steve Wyche

    Kevin Kolb will make them better and the defense will make enough plays to keep them competitive within the division. They'll struggle outside of the AFC West and breakdown along the offensive line could be a constant problem.
    Prediction: 8-8, second in NFC West

  • Pat Kirwan

    Kevin Kolb impressed me at camp but he doesn't have a 16-game season under his belt. There will be a leaning curve to go through.
    Prediction: 8-8, second in NFC West

  • Bucky Brooks

    Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald will create a formidable passing connection, but the Cardinals still have too many issue on both sides of the ball to return to the top of the division.
    Prediction: 6-10, third in NFC West

  • Elliot Harrison

    How much of 2009 was because of Kurt Warner? We're about to find out. The Cardinals have an easy schedule, and much rides on the development of Beanie Wells' career. Yes, getting Kevin Kolb was huge, but the Cards need 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns from Wells.
    Prediction: 7-9, second in NFC West

Player in the spotlight

Beanie Wells | #26 | RB

Wells needs to bounce back from a disappointing 2010 to spearhead a physical running game in the desert. The third-year pro certainly has the tools to be a 1,000-yard runner, but needs to remain healthy to fulfill his potential as a playmaker.

3 Pivotal Games
Week 1 vs. Panthers
There is no better way to forget the 2010 disaster than to open with a win, and the Cardinals have a good chance to accomplish that when they host last year's worst team, the Panthers, in the opener. Arizona fell at Carolina last season, and a loss here is not how Kevin Kolb wants to start his tenure with the Cardinals.
Week 3 at Seahawks
The best way to find out where you stand in the division is to face last year's champion, and the Cardinals will find out early how they stack up with the Seahawks. Arizona opens with two winnable games, and if the Cards go 2-0, beating Seattle on the road would be the exclamation point to a fast start.
Week 10 at Eagles
After being traded to Arizona in the offseason, Kolb gets a chance to go up against his former team. The quarterback will feel the pressure to perform in his return to Philadelphia, and to outdo Michael Vick. That type of atmosphere could lead to boom-or-bust results in the first of three straight road games for the Cardinals.



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