The University of Phoenix stadium attendance is usually expecting to sellout each home game. But with the season the Arizona Cardinals are having, the seats that are usually filled called the “Redsea”, many of them will just be red empty seats.
Having nothing to play for other than pride and playing spoiler to a potential playoff team, the RedBirds sellout streak has come to an end. Dating back as far as last season at 107 straight home sellouts, since then it’s been the road team coming in and filling the other half of the stadium.
Just when the team was building a home-field advantage that made it very difficult on opposing teams to come in and get a win. The league-leading 134 false start penalties on opposing teams since 2006 were a testament to that.
Injuries have played a major part of the fan base’s lack of interest in their team, star players being out will always keep people at home and selling their tickets to the highest bidder.
All that is left for this season is the continued records being broken by the great Larry Fitzgerald who needs only 26 yards to surpass his childhood idol Randy Moss on the all-time reception yards list.
Adding to that, the Cards are seeing what they have in Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Can he be the next stopgap guy to groom a new first or second round draft pick? or will he just be showcasing for the other 31 teams in the league?
Lots of questions to be answered on an underachieving defensive unit all year, as number one pick in 2016 Robert Nkemdiche is sure to get more playing time to prove he is not a bust.
Is winning still the goal in this case? I think that competitors like head coach Bruce Arians would never go into a game without the attitude that he is going in to win, along with Larry Fitzgerald and a few others, tanking just doesn’t seem to fit these guys personality.
Although it may appear that some have already checked out I’m sure Fitz’s passion and respect for the game will hopefully inspire everyone else to compete for the rest of the way. Perhaps beating their second potential playoff team will start to help answer some of the personnel questions ahead.
If the Cardinals can run and stop the run this one should be interesting down the stretch, and perhaps they can become the team that kills playoff hopes for other teams, especially their last opponent of the 2017 season the Seattle Seahawks.