What was once deemed a toss-up now seems to be a matchup in which the Cardinals are considered underdogs on their own turf in Week 1.
Sometimes the numbers speak for themselves.
Amid the quarterback issues in Arizona throughout the preseason, the line for the opener has changed from a pick’em to its current point in which the Seattle Seahawks are favored by 2.5 points in the NFL odds.
None of this would have happened if Kevin Kolb lived up to what was expected out of him when he was signed as a free agent from Philadelphia.
Instead, Kolb has been inconsistent and has dealt with frequent injuries throughout his tenure in Phoenix. As such, a door has been left wide open for John Skelton to come in and win the job. And he’s seemingly done just that.
Skelton was recently announced as the starter for the game against the Seahawks. Everyone realizes that the Cardinals have a healthy number of options on offense, starting of course with Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona also went and drafted Michael Floyd with their first round draft pick and has two solid running backs in Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams.
Sunday’s game will be an interesting opener for these division rivals. The Cardinals defense will have to deal with upstart quarterback Russell Wilson, who blew everyone away with his performances in the preseason, earning his spot as the starter in the process.
Dealing with Marshawn Lynch will also be a tricky test, though Lynch has had back problems and won’t be at full strength.
This could be an excellent way to start the season for the Cardinals: at home against an easily beatable team that’s led by a rookie QB and a hurting running back. We’ll find out if Arizona has what it takes to contend for the division crown early.