GLENDALE, Ariz. — Not many would have predicted that the Arizona Cardinals would be in the position that they're in now.
Their best season record in the past three years was 5-5. The last time the Cards' even touched the playoffs was in 2015 when the now, almost retired, Larry Fitzgerald led the way.
However, the Cardinals are on the path of turning any doubters into believers by starting the 2021 season off strong.
The Cardinals are the only undefeated team left in the NFL with a 4-0 start, their first four-game win start since 2012 and they sit on top of the NFC for the first time in six years. They also lead the NFL in both averaging points (35) and yards (440.5) per game.
Naturally, the Red Sea has been making waves in Arizona about the team's thrilling start but here's what the rest of the country has to say about the underdogs... or underbirds.
Playoff hopes on the rise
The odds of the Cardinals reaching the playoffs may have just increased thanks to them being unbeaten.
Yahoo! Sports made the observation that last year, six teams started their seasons 4-0 (the Steelers, Titans, Bills, Chiefs, Packers and Seahawks) and all six of those teams made it to the playoffs.
The sports outlet said as the only team that made the 4-0 list this year, the Cardinals should view those odds as good news.
Murray for MVP
ESPN is reporting that quarterback Kyler Murray is the new favorite to win the Associated Press' regular-season MVP award, overtaking the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes.
ESPN staff wrote that Murray topped Mahomes as the consensus favorite to win NFL MVP after the Chiefs entered the season 2-2. Murray has attracted more bets to win the MVP than any other player at Caesars Sportsbook since the season began, ESPN reported.
As the old saying goes, behind every 4-0 team is a great quarterback, or something like that.
Time to wake up
Bleacher Report is setting everyone's alarms because they said it's time to stop sleeping on the Cardinals.
Bleacher Report staff wrote that the Cardinals Week 4 blowout over the Los Angeles Rams should be a wake-up call for anyone who didn't take the team seriously.
While another testing game awaits with the Cleveland Browns in Week 6, the Bleacher Report believes the Cardinals have what it takes to go all the way.
The Cardinals will take on the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1:25 p.m. at State Farm Stadium.
Cardinals vs. Rams
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