Monday, October 29, 2012
Cards looking to avoid history, or are they?
By Mike Sando
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Monday night defeat to San Francisco would make the Arizona Cardinals the first NFL team in a decade to go from 4-0 to 4-4.
That would be bad. How bad?
Well, the 2002 Oakland Raiders were the last team to go from 4-0 to 4-3. That team fell to 4-4 after losing a Week 9 game to the 49ers in overtime. Those Raiders rebounded to finish 11-5 before advancing to the Super Bowl, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The 1993 Philadelphia Eagles also went from 4-0 to 4-4 to 4-6. They finished 8-8 and missed the postseason.
The 2002 Raiders featured MVP Rich Gannon at quarterback and Jim Harbaugh as quarterbacks coach. They led the NFL in yardage while finishing second in points. The current Cardinals rank 31st in yards and 27th in points on a per-game basis.