Three weeks ago, If I had suggested that the Arizona Cardinals could be in line to start the 2012 season at 3-0, I would have been laughed at, even by myself.
Yet, against all the odds, and in the face of every prediction, the Cardinals somehow find themselves at 2-0, as they prepare for their Week 3 home fixture against the Philadelphia Eagles. For the third week in a row, the Cardinals will enter the game as underdogs—albeit by a much smaller margin than in Week 2 against the New England Patriots—and once again hope to beat the odds, and the opponents.
Both teams currently sit at 2-0, and the Cardinals and Eagles will both be well aware that teams who start the season 3-0 are statistically much more likely to make the playoffs—around 75% of all teams start with this record are still playing football in January.
Yet if the Cardinals hope to keep up their winning record, they once again face an uphill battle. How can they win? Here are five keys to victory for the Cardinals.
Put pressure on Michael Vick.