The Arizona Cardinals have surprisingly and quietly gotten out to a 10-2 record through the first 2/3 of the 2021 NFL season.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 5, 2021
They are in first place in the NFC West with the Los Angeles Rams in second place behind them with an 8-4 record.
In their first meeting with the Rams in Week 4, the Cardinals recorded a convincing win by the score of 37-20.
The Cardinals have their second meeting with the Rams in Week 14, and DeAngelo Hall of NFL Network will be watching intently.
What Hall Said
In his mind, Hall views the Cardinals similar to how he looked at the Green Bay Packers a couple of years ago.
“Yes, they are 10-2. They beat the guys on their schedule…But I just haven’t seen it.”
Hall is not disputing that the Cardinals are a good football team.
The Arizona Cardinals Are Nearly Perfect In 2021
The Cardinals two losses came in Weeks 8 and 10 to the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers respectively.
The Packers game was a tight one, and the Cardinals lost by a field goal.
More surprising was the Panthers game which was a blowout of sorts; the Cardinals lost by a score of 34-10.
The Cardinals are currently the top seed in the NFC.
Same spot, different week. pic.twitter.com/99TVychKjq
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 8, 2021
More Of Hall’s Thoughts
Though he is not, Hall says he sounds almost like a hater.
“The Arizona Cardinals have checked a lot of those boxes, but when I sit there and I watch the film, I just don’t see really the quality of opponent that you’re going to see in these playoffs as you continue down the stretch.”
Hall had a lot more to say about the Cardinals.
Check out the Good Morning Football: Weekend clip below to hear his entire statement.
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) December 11, 2021
Week 14 Will Be A Good Indicator
The Rams are among the best competition left on the Cardinals schedule in 2021.
This game is in Los Angeles and nationally televised on Monday Night Football.
Remaining teams who are above .500 on the Cardinals schedule include the 7-6 Indianapolis Colts in Week 16 and the 8-4 Dallas Cowboys in Week 17.
Hall Is Not Wrong
The Cardinals have been a surprise and eluded the public scrutiny that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, and Kansas City Chiefs have received.
That makes sense.
Those teams have won Super Bowl Championships in the past and are perennial favorites in the playoffs.
Outside of their market, the Cardinals have not been nationally televised too often this season.
The Thursday Night Football game loss to the Packers in Week 8 was nationally televised.
This means Arizona has to prove to NFL fans nationwide who they are by beating Matthew Stafford and the Rams on Monday night.
Then, Hall and others will be convinced that Arizona is going to be a playoff powerhouse in 2021.