Although Arizona looks to be the class of its division for the second consecutive season, there's plenty of stout competition to go around in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints boast the conference's only undefeated record and are putting up historic numbers on the offensive side of the ball. In addition, the Saints' defense has risen to the occasion when called up through the team's first six games of the year.
Given the Cardinals' potent offense, few teams may match up better with Saints. Both squads feature play-making defenses which would leave the turnover battle likely determining the outcome. This potential marquee matchup would put two of the NFL's top signal callers in Brees and Kurt Warner as well as two of the top wideouts in Larry Fitzgerald and Marques Colston. New Orleans' running game has been more effective thus far giving them the edge at this point in the year.
Another team standing in the way of Arizona's NFC championship defense is the 6-1 Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings suffered their first loss of the year against the Pittsburgh Steelers but looked competitive in the Steel City. The Cardinals will get a better feel for how they stack up against Minnesota when they square off in the desert in Week 13. The Vikings NFC North rival Green Bay Packers check in with a record of 4-2 and will also make to the Arizona in the regular season finale.
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