"The season is never over until it's over," Washington said. "As easily as we've lost six straight, we can easily win six games in a row. Is it tough to do in the NFL? Yes, it will be. But I think these guys are still positive around here and I'm positive in believing we can finish the season off strong."
"We know we can beat anybody that we play, so if we get that one win that sparks us, we're going to try and go on a run here and make a push for the playoffs. I think 10 wins usually gets you in the playoffs. It's going to be hard to win six games in a row, but it's very possible."
There is a dash of historical precedent. Last year's Cardinals turned 1-6 into 8-8 with a feverish stretch run that built optimism heading into this season. Much of that had to do with a softer NFC West, a division that's been transformed into a bully. Arizona's problems begin at home in 2012. The Cardinals have exhibited core weaknesses on both sides of the ball. Until they learn to take care of business, a turnaround seems unlikely.