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2013 Arizona Cardinals Team Preview: Can Palmer Bring Consistency to the Offense?

Eric Caturia

Eric Caturia

Eric is a writer/editor of MLB, NBA, and NFL content for RotoWire.

State of the Franchise

The Cardinals' 2012 season was one of extremes, as they found themselves the sole undefeated team in the league after four weeks, only to finish an uninspiring 5-11. The catalyst seemed to be a chest injury to QB Kevin Kolb in Week 6, after which the offense sputtered, scoring more than 20 points just once over the team's final 12 outings. Horrendous quarterback play characterized the run, as John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer all took snaps for the Cardinals. Overall, the least productive NFL offense resided in the Arizona desert, racking up a paltry 263.1 total yards per game, with a league-low 75.3 yards per week on the ground. Meanwhile, the defense fared slightly better, holding the opposition to 21 or fewer points in each of Arizona's first seven contests. The feat was accomplished just twice the remainder of the campaign, though, despite forcing 18 turnovers during that stretch.

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