Arizona Cardinals' expectations for 2020 rising after DeAndre Hopkins trade, other moves
There are a lot of good vibes surrounding the Arizona Cardinals and their 2020 season after the team's trade for DeAndre Hopkins and several signings and re-signings in NFL free agency.
Former Cardinals player Tyrann Mathieu recently said he sees "something special in Arizona."
Current Cardinals player Patrick Peterson reportedly told an NFL analyst that Arizona would make the Super Bowl.
One site has Arizona all the way up to No. 12 in its latest NFL power rankings, while another said "the Cardinals could be a player in the NFC West, like, right now."
After some trying times in Arizona, it appears that expectations for the Cardinals are significantly on the rise.
So, what are the expectations for the Cardinals in 2020?
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William Hill recently set the team's win total at 6.5 wins, which would be an improvement over the team's 5-10-1 mark in 2019, but three Arizona Republic writers expect the team to fare much better than that in 2020.
They shared their predictions for the team in a recent video roundtable discussion.
Should fans expect a winning season in Arizona? Can they think about the playoffs?
Arizona Republic columnist Kent Somers, Arizona Republic Cardinals reporter Bob McManaman and Arizona Republic reporter Katherine Fitzgerald shared their thoughts on the team's expectations next season:
Kent Somers: Winning season in play for Cardinals in 2020
He said: "I think a winning record is an expectation, I really do. I'm not saying double-digit wins, but I think it is easy to see this team improve to 9 victories. We see it happen every year in the NFL. We see last to first stories. I think you can make the case that this team has passed the Rams in the division. I'm all for raising expectations. I mean, eight wins in two years, let's jack the expectations up. The time of winning five games and everybody patting Kliff on the back and saying great job, which is legitimate, but that was a one-year thing. That's gone."
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Bob McManaman: Playoffs a possibility for Cardinals in 2020
He said: "I think anything less than a winning season in unacceptable. I know it is only two years in a new system, but they have done enough, spent enough money, brought in enough big players over the last couple of years. It's time to do it. Steve Keim has resurrected himself as a GM, he can't afford to have anything less than a 9-win season. I think they go 10-6 and I think they might have a shot with an extra team in the Wild Card for each conference, I think it is a possibility."
Katherine Fitzgerald: Winning season not out of reach for Cardinals in 2020
She said: "I think the NFC West is going to be really exciting to watch in general. Towards the end of the season you saw them finally starting to figure out a few more things and even looking better and competitive, which compared to the season before was a big jump there. I think a winning record could be in reach this year. Everyone benefits from having that extra year under Kliff and now they are adding in other players too, so it bodes well."
You can see the complete roundtable discussion of the Cardinals' expectations for 2020 here.