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Arizona Cardinals Gameday: Playoff Push Continues in Nashville

December 15th, 2013 at 7:16 AM
By Steve Smith

'Cardinals coming at me' photo (c) 2013, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Losing is not an option anymore.

With three games to go, the Arizona Cardinals have to win every game if they want to have a good chance of making the NFC playoffs. At 8-5, they've made great progress this season after their 5-11 debacle last year.

But eight wins won't make it to the big dance. 10 victories might not either.

The Red Birds face the 5-8 Titans at LP Field in Nashville this afternoon and need to stay hot to be viable in the playoff hunt.

"They're hot right now, " Titans coach Mike Munchak said via azcardinals.com. “They’ve beaten good football teams. They’re 5-1 the last six weeks with three games to go. As a coach, you (want to be able to) say we’re on a hot streak in December and we’re right in the middle of it. They just happen to be in a division that’s one of the better ones in the league right now.”

No doubt. The Seahawks can wrap up the number one seed in the NFC with a win over the Giants today and the 49ers are 9-4 and own the tiebreaker over Arizona. Carolina is also 9-4.

The Cardinals can hope for another team to slip up and lose but the best way to go is to win their remaining three games and let the chips fall where they may. Arizona faces divisional foes Seattle and San Francisco in its remaining two contests.

“It has been really weird, man,” offensive tackle Bradley Sowell explained. “We’re 8-5 and we’re on the outside looking in, which is really odd. There are teams that have (already) won their divisions that are 8-5 and there are teams that are in there at 7-7. We’ll hope to win a few and let everything take care of itself.”

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