Cardinals continue to buck trend in style

The Arizona Cardinals bandwagon keeps on rolling. It may be missing a few important pieces, the kind that would force others to seek a serious repair job, but there is no indication that a pit stop will be required any time soon.

Kliff Kingsbury’s side continues to defy sporting logic as injuries pile up at State Farm Stadium. The treatment room is seeing plenty of footfall, but ambition burns as bright as ever. The Cards are proving to be greater than the sum of their parts.

With that in mind, steady progress continues to be made down a road that will ultimately lead to Inglewood and Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022. There are many more obstacles to clear on the way, but hurdles are being cleared with consummate ease at present. The Cards are +780 shots in the betting at Space Casino to end on the highest of highs and claim the first world title since the team’s days in Chicago. They are daring to dream big, and why not?

Any blows landed so far have been shaken off as metronomic strides are taken in a positive direction. There are no backward steps to be taken here, but how long can that realistically remain the case?

Surely there will come a point when rulebooks can no longer be ripped up and enforced absences are felt a little harder than they are present, won’t there?

Injury headache

Kyler Murray is unquestionably the biggest miss for the Cards, with franchise quarterbacks forever wrapped in cotton wool as every effort is made to keep them off the sidelines and out on the pitch. It remains to be seen when he will be given a green light again as he missed the game against the 49ers as confirmed by Sporting News.

DeAndre Hopkins is another leaving a superstar-shaped void in the Cards offense, while guards Justin Pugh and Max Garcia have also been nursing knocks. Long snapper Aaron Brewer is another with no return date penciled in as yet.

An ever-growing injury list has now seen the name of running back Chase Edmonds added to it. He was laid low during the first offensive play of a 31-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. A report by ESPN states that Edmonds has a high ankle sprain and will “miss multiple games”. For Kingsbury, that is another headache he could have done without.

He has, however, been finding a way to keep things ticking over without the need for a supposed strongest team. Luck may have briefly deserted the Cards on a fitness front, but they are still getting the job done and that is to be applauded.

They could now do with chasing away a few of the black cats that have been crossing their path on an alarmingly regular basis, but their wings have not been clipped and they continue to soar as high as anyone. Bucking trends has become their thing and there is every reason to believe that, with walking wounded welcomed back at regular intervals, Plan B can prosper for as long as the A game remains off the table.

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