Even though they have only been in Arizona for about 30 seasons, the franchise has been around for 119 years. The Cardinals were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898 and are the oldest continuously run football team in the U.S. The team plays their home games at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz, and was founded in Chicago but moved to St. Louis in 1960, where they played through 1987. They were often referred to as the Football Cardinals to avoid confusion with the baseball team by the same name.
Today, they are one of four teams in the West Division of the National Football Conference.
Since winning a championship in 1947, the team has suffered many losing seasons. They currently hold the longest active championship drought in North American sports at 68 consecutive seasons after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016, ending their 108-year streak. In 2012, the Cardinals became the first NFL franchise to lose 700 games since their inception.
The Cardinals have reached the Super Bowl once, losing in 2008 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arizona has won five division titles, their most recent in 2015.
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Arizona was favored in 12 games last season and yet they finished with their first losing record in four years at 7-8-1. It was not the season many were hoping for after rolling to a 13-3 record and losing the conference title game in 2015.
Carson Palmer was sacked 40 times last season. He watched his QB rating plummet after a career high in 2015. And he’s now 37 years old. If he cannot pick up his game, the Cardinals could be in for a long season. Even so, the offense ranked sixth in points scored per game and ninth in total yards per game. The team was +2 in the takeaway department.
David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald led the team on offense. Johnson, in his second year, had 1,239 yards rushing and 879 yards passing. Fitzgerald caught 107 passes for 1,023 yards — the fourth time the 14-year pro has caught more than 100 balls in a season.
There’s still hope in Phoenix heading into the 2017 season. They have some very good players at key positions. However, with their first two games of the season on the road, the Cardinals must get off to a good start. That might be a difficult assignment considering they had a losing road record last year.
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