The Arizona Cardinals came out of the gate with a 4-0 start, lead by Kevin Kolb (after Skelton injury, who later got it back after a Kolb injury), who was later played on the IR and now plays for the Buffalo Bills. They contacted the Oakland Raiders about Carson Palmer to see if they were interested in making a deal that would send the veteran quarterback to Arizona, after the Raiders just acquired Matt Flynn from the Seahawks.
So with a possible solid starting quarterback under center for the battered Arizona offense, they also brought in former Pittsburgh Steeler Rashard Mendenhall who will replace Beanie Wells (released) as the premiere back for this offense. With the draft coming up, they need to look at rebuilding their offensive line if they want to keep Palmer from joining the IR list himself.
Last season the protection for their quarterback was pretty bad, they went through a 4 different starting quarterbacks, Skelton started the season for the Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks but injured his ankle and in stepped Kevin Kolb. It was a complete mess in Arizona, but Patrick Peterson and that defense did do some good things last season, so I am not sure if anybody is worried about the defensive side of the ball as much as they are on offense.
Looking at their 2013 schedule, they will have a long, tough season, having to play the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons once again. Being in the NFC West, it will be tough to pull the division from either the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams who aren’t that bad of a team themselves. A tough division to be in when you are looking to rebuild your offense, while everybody else is looking to get back into the playoffs once again. A division which will definitely have 1 of the 2 wild card berths come January.
- Sep. 8 at St. Louis Rams 1:25p
- Sep. 15 Detroit Lions 1:05p
- Sep. 22 at New Orleans Saints 10:00a
- Sep. 29 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10:00a
- Oct. 6 Carolina Panthers 1:05p
- Oct. 13 at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p
- Oct. 17 Seattle Seahawks (Thurs) 5:25p
- Oct. 27 Atlanta Falcons 1:25p
- Nov. 3 BYE
- Nov. 10 Houston Texans 2:25p
- Nov. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars 11:00a
- Nov. 24 Indianapolis Colts 2:05p
- Dec.1 at Philadelphia Eagles 11:00a
- Dec. 8 St. Louis Rams 2:25p
- Dec. 15 at Tennessee Titans 11:00a
- Dec. 22 at Seattle Seahawks 2:05p
- Dec. 29 San Francisco 49ers 2:25p