NFL record projections: Arizona Cardinals in store for another long season in 2019?

Jeremy Cluff
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NFL training camps have arrived and so have early projections for the upcoming season.

After an abysmal 3-13 season a year ago, do the Arizona Cardinals have hope for a lot of improvement under rookie coach Kliff Kingsbury and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray?

Not according to USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis and some other writers.

Davis has the Cardinals going 3-13 again in 2019 in his early record projections for the NFL season.

Davis writes: “Can't wait to see if No. 1 pick Kyler Murray takes the league by storm the way Oklahoma and Heisman-winning predecessor Baker Mayfield did (the duo will even square off in Week 15). But this all presumes new coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid attack works effectively against NFL defenses (and doesn't undermine Arizona's) — though even teams caught off guard early on will catch a break against the Cardinals defense given suspended CB Patrick Peterson will miss six games.”

The Cardinals’ three NFC West rivals will all fare much better than Arizona, according to Davis’ projections.

He has the San Francisco 49ers winning the division at 10-6 and both the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks going 9-7.

He predicts the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears to square off in the NFC Championship Game and the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots facing off in the AFC Championship Game.

As for the Super Bowl, Davis projects the Chargers to defeat the Eagles.

You can see all of his record projections for the 2019 season here.

The Arizona Cardinals could be in store for another long season, according to early 2019 NFL record projections.

More Arizona Cardinals record projections for 2019 season: Cardinals will go 3-13

Conor Orr writes: “I wanted to give Arizona more wins because I genuinely think that a team that presents such a significantly different offense and greater pace of play will surprise some people. However: Put yourself in my shoes and try and find me seven wins on this schedule without knowing how Kyler Murray will adapt, and if he’ll stay healthy. I like them against the Giants and to win their opener against the Lions due to specific potential matchups, assuming that Murray is in. Everything else was extraordinarily difficult.”

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Maurice Moton writes: “The Cardinals will draw viewers with Murray under center but won't win many games. This club could lose every game to the NFC South opponents on its schedule in addition to the matchups with the playoff-caliber Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West.”

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Dan Parzych writes: “In the long run, the decision to go with Murray should work wonders for the Cardinals. It will be interesting to see how the rookie ends up playing in games outside the division as well during his first NFL season. Facing teams like the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks twice was already going to be a challenge for Murray and the Cardinals, but road games against the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens will be heavy tests as well. Playoffs may be a stretch this year for Arizona, but at least the early starting experience as a rookie is what the Cardinals care about the most with Murray.”

Touchdown Wire: Cardinals will go 2-14

Barry Werner writes:  "The Arizona Cardinals have added Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray and subtracted Steve Wilks and Josh Rosen from a team that went 3-13 and earned the first pick in the NFL Draft. Don’t expect dramatic improvement — if any — in the first year for K&K. There should be plenty of growing pains in the desert."

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