Could Arizona Cardinals go from worst to first in NFC West?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Could the Arizona Cardinals take the NFC West crown from the San Francisco 49ers next season?

The Arizona Cardinals' 2019 season has only been over for a few days, but the optimism for 2020 seems to be building.

Earlier this week, one site listed Kliff Kingsbury's team as a non-playoff team that could make the playoffs next season.

Now, a respected NFL analyst has gone a step further.

He listed the Cardinals as his No. 2 candidate to go from worst to first in an NFL division.'s Gil Brandt wrote about Arizona's chances to win the NFC West in 2020, which are fueled by quarterback Kyler Murray, who showed a lot of potential in his rookie season.

He wrote: "Kyler Murray's strong rookie season, which included a not-insignificant number of inspiring wins driven by his ability to make plays with both his feet and his arm, will power a lot of optimism in Arizona. Among the offseason priorities should be improving the talent defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has to work with after that unit ranked 32nd in 2019."

Brandt only listed the Miami Dolphins, yes, the Dolphins, higher than the Cardinals among his worst-to-first candidates.

He has the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars ranked after Arizona.

Brandt listed the formula for Arizona to compete in the NFC West against the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.

He wrote: "The Cardinals' chances of challenging the 49ers, Seahawks and Rams in the NFC West will be a lot stronger if Larry Fitzgerald returns for another year, and if running back Kenyan Drake re-signs after breaking out as an in-season trade acquisition. Kliff Kingsbury did a heckuva job in Year 1, helping Murray's career get off to a promising start."

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Could the Cardinals win the NFC West in 2020? 

A lot of things would have to fall into place and the division still looks to be very tough with the 49ers, Seahawks and Rams.

Brandt just might give Cardinals fans hope, however, and there is nothing wrong with fans having a little hope in their team, especially for Cardinals fans, who haven't had much to cheer for in recent years.

Kyler Murray, Kliff Kingsbury and company appear like they could be on their way to changing that.

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