Midseason Super Bowl favorite?

We are a little over halfway through the NFL season.

Only three NFL teams remain undefeated: the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals.NFL

Out of those three teams, I don’t think that any of them will reach the Super Bowl this year.

My pick halfway through the season for Super Bowl champion is the Arizona Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals head into Week 11 sporting a 7-2 record.

Their only losses of the season came to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the St. Louis Rams.

In the NFC West, they dominated the struggling San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

What makes them Super Bowl contenders in my eyes?

First off, out of its remaining schedule, the only games the Cardinals really have to worry about are against Cincinnati and Minnesota.

The Seahawks, Eagles, Packers and 49ers have all been struggling lately, and the Cardinals should take advantage of that for upcoming wins.

One of the main reasons for the Cardinals success this year has been Carson Palmer.

Palmer has been absolutely lighting it up this year, and looks to continue to do so.

This season, Palmer has thrown for 2,749 yards and 23 touchdowns, adding only seven interceptions.

Palmer’s success can not only be attributed to a revamped offensive line to protect him this year, but the emergence of his wide receiver corp.

Larry Fitzgerald is on the decline in his career, but has rebounded nicely this year to help strengthen the position.

Fitzgerald has 836 receiving yards halfway through the season.

Not only has Fitzgerald had a nice year, but finally wide receivers Michael Floyd and John Brown have started to come into their own.

Fitzgerald has seven touchdowns on the year, while Floyd has add five and Brown three.

The emergence of those two wide receivers is critical for the Cardinals, as teams no longer have to focus on only Fitzgerald during games.

The true success on offense has been the balance between the aerial attack and ground attack.

Running back Chris Johnson has found somewhat of career revitalization in Arizona after a short stint with the New York Jets.

Johnson, the longtime Tennessee Titan, has rushed for 734 yards this year and three touchdowns.

Having an explosive running back like Johnson keeps teams honest trying to defend the run, and therefore opens up the passing attack.

Andre Ellington is the backup running back in Arizona, and he provides a nice change of pace to Johnson and the two provide quite the duo on the ground.

Ellington has also tallied three touchdowns on the season so far, according to team stats.

The Cardinals defense has also played well for the most part this season.

Deone Bucannon has had a nice season at inside linebacker, leading the team with 63 total tackles and a fumble recovery.

Another linebacker having a strong year is Kevin Minter, who is third on the team in tackles with 51.

However, the strongest part of the Cardinals is its heavy hitting secondary, led by Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.

I believe that with the way the defense is playing, along with everyone staying healthy, this team can win the NFC and head to the Super Bowl.

 

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