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We should all know by now and especially after one game things are never as good or bad as they seem.

I’m tempering my expectation just a bit. I’ll be the first to admit I slipped to the dark side and am not completely convinced of what we witnessed Sunday.
With 4 months to prepare for game one will we be able to execute on a game plan installed on Wednesday?
Now that it’s on tape will opponents adjust to what we did?
Are the Titans as bad as they appeared?
Are the Vikings as vulnerable as they appeared on Sunday.

It certainly is set up to an interesting Sunday. It’s a huge test for Kliff and his staff to follow up with another good game plan.

If we lay an egg all the joy we are feeling right now will be neutralized. Not meant to be a buzz kill. I will be one nervous hombre Sunday.
 

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We should all know by now and especially after one game things are never as good or bad as they seem.

I’m tempering my expectation just a bit. I’ll be the first to admit I slipped to the dark side and am not completely convinced of what we witnessed Sunday.
With 4 months to prepare for game one will we be able to execute on a game plan installed on Wednesday?
Now that it’s on tape will opponents adjust to what we did?
Are the Titans as bad as they appeared?
Are the Vikings as vulnerable as they appeared on Sunday.

It certainly is set up to an interesting Sunday. It’s a huge test for Kliff and his staff to follow up with another good game plan.

If we lay an egg all the joy we are feeling right now will be neutralized. Not meant to be a buzz kill. I will be one nervous hombre Sunday.
Maybe you're assessment of the team was wrong all along?

That's a scenario you aren't even considering much in your post.
 

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Maybe you're assessment of the team was wrong all along?

That's a scenario you aren't even considering much in your post.
Yup. I’m looking forward to seeing if this team can duplicate last week’s effort, not worried it was a mirage. I’ll have plenty of time to bitch if that’s what last week was. But that was such a dominating performance enough for me that I’ll give this team a little more rope before I hang them. Even if we lose this week, I won’t crush them... it’ll be jury’s out time for the next couple games before any kind of judgement comes down.
 

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Last season when everyone was fit and healthy we were very impressive at times. 6-3 start or whatever it was

As the season wore on our depth got tested, players got banged up and we fell away. Lost the war of attrition.

Seemed that teams with quality depth and a strong underlying scheme prospered as the season wore on. Those who relied on their most talented players dominating flashed. Which are we? A question that perhaps won't be answered until more of the season unfolds.

Mental scars from last season's fade out aside though, stripping things down to their most basic level we just torched an 11-5 team from last season on the road. At the very least it's a cause for cautious optimism.
 

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Yup. I’m looking forward to seeing if this team can duplicate last week’s effort, not worried it was a mirage. I’ll have plenty of time to bitch if that’s what last week was. But that was such a dominating performance enough for me that I’ll give this team a little more rope before I hang them. Even if we lose this week, I won’t crush them... it’ll be jury’s out time for the next couple games before any kind of judgement comes down.
I mean, I still can see a 7 win season too.

Its really early and there are tons of variables. But a 12 win season is also not crazy either.
 

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I feel like... 60-40 on this week. No guarantees. It's at home, which helps. The Vikes will be highly motivated to salvage a bad start/close loss, and we might be in a situation where we're sniffing our own farts after the media coverage.

That roster has legitimate stars.
 

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I think many were expecting too little from what is a good roster. I always thought we had a competent RB room and one of the best WR corps in the league. My only concern was Kliff holding them back again, but so far I liked what I saw in adjustments. Although I refer judgement until the 2nd half of the season when he normally gets found out.

On saying that, I always said before that I didn't think the Titans were as good as people thought and they were set for a down year. So it's hard to judge the Cards on game 1. Maybe the Titans are just bad.

Week 2 is always more telling than week 1. Are the Titans that bad? The Seahawks visit will tell us that. The Vikings is the perfect home opener to see where we are with them coming off a Bengals defeat and us thrashing the Titans. This game will tell us a lot.

It's going to be an interesting week.

Conventional wisdom would have us beating the Vikings and going into week 3 with a very high chance of 3-0. We all know we rarely work out that way.
 

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We should all know by now and especially after one game things are never as good or bad as they seem.

I’m tempering my expectation just a bit. I’ll be the first to admit I slipped to the dark side and am not completely convinced of what we witnessed Sunday.
With 4 months to prepare for game one will we be able to execute on a game plan installed on Wednesday?
Now that it’s on tape will opponents adjust to what we did?
Are the Titans as bad as they appeared?
Are the Vikings as vulnerable as they appeared on Sunday.

It certainly is set up to an interesting Sunday. It’s a huge test for Kliff and his staff to follow up with another good game plan.

If we lay an egg all the joy we are feeling right now will be neutralized. Not meant to be a buzz kill. I will be one nervous hombre Sunday.
Titans had 4 months to prepare for that game too, right?
 

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I don't know, I've always been a pessimist with a hope that we will do well.
As far as the four months we had for preparing for this game, didn't the Titans have the same for months to prepare for us?

Maybe that speaks well, not only for the quality of players we have, but, also for our coaching staff?
 

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I don't know, I've always been a pessimist with a hope that we will do well.
As far as the four months we had for preparing for this game, didn't the Titans have the same for months to prepare for us?

Maybe that speaks well, not only for the quality of players we have, but, also for our coaching staff?
That’s the hope. It’s going to be on the back of our minds that Kingsbury’s teams start good and fade.
I hope we add a few new wrinkles every week that our opponent hasn’t seen.
 

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I feel like the three big things with the Cardinals this season are...

1-Consistency. What are we going to get week in and week out in terms of scheme, execution and focus. Also comes down to lacking an overall identity (personal opinion).

2-Health. Any time you have an older roster in terms of your better players, health is a concern.

3-Development. Having young players in key areas requires the team to develop those players. We can debate if some of the roster issues are due to adding subpar young talent or the staff's ability to develop that talent, but either way, young players will be in key spots and need to be coached up.
 

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I feel like the three big things with the Cardinals this season are...

1-Consistency. What are we going to get week in and week out in terms of scheme, execution and focus. Also comes down to lacking an overall identity (personal opinion).

2-Health. Any time you have an older roster in terms of your better players, health is a concern.

3-Development. Having young players in key areas requires the team to develop those players. We can debate if some of the roster issues are due to adding subpar young talent or the staff's ability to develop that talent, but either way, young players will be in key spots and need to be coached up.

I think the vet experience we added will help a lot with 1 and 3, possibly at the expense of 2 :)
 
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