Kurt Warner outlines why he thinks Arizona Cardinals can make Super Bowl

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner thinks the Arizona Cardinals can make the Super Bowl this season.

The former Cardinals quarterback joined ESPN's SportsNation on Wednesday and discussed why he thinks his former team can make the NFL's Championship Game.

"I actually do like their chances," Warner said. "You know, it's not going to be easy with the way the Bucs are playing and obviously Tom Brady's pedigree and everything he has done in those moments, but if I look at the NFL, this team is as balanced as any team in the NFL. They can win with defense. They can win on offense whether that be Kyler (Murray) and D-Hop (DeAndre Hopkins) and company or whether that's running the football. And so, I like what they bring to the table."

The Cardinals are 10-2 and have the best record in the NFL.

They can clinch a berth in the playoffs for the first time since 2015 with a victory against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football (or if some other things fall their way in NFL Week 14).

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Warner sees the Cardinals having a chance to advance far in the postseason.

"I'm a firm believer that come playoff time, you've got to win away from your strengths sometimes," he said on SportsNation. "Whatever you do really, really well, good teams have a way of taking that away or slowing that down. Can you win other ways? And I do believe the Cardinals are a team that can win other ways. They can get pressure on the quarterback. They can win with their back end guys on defense. Win outside, win inside on offense, so I do believe they're for real and as it always comes down to at playoff time: What kind of  quarterback play do you get? And Kyler has played great this year, he's made improvements every single year . But it's different when you get into the playoffs. You have to play at a high level week in and week out. If Kyler can do that, I believe this team without a doubt can push for another Super Bowl."

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Warner led the Cardinals to a Super Bowl appearance during his career, but he is also familiar with the team's opponent on Monday night.

Warner led the Rams to two Super Bowl appearances when they were in St. Louis, and one Super Bowl title.

Warner predicted that the Cardinals would beat the Rams on Monday night.

"I'm going with the Cardinals," he told SportsNation. "It's at home for Arizona. They're playing as well as they've played. They're healthy now that Kyler and D-Hop took a few weeks off and now they are back healthy. Remember earlier in the year, they won that game by 17 points and I don't even think it was that close.  So with some of the struggles the Rams are having with trying to find their identity and with where the Cardinals are right now, I'm going Arizona in this one."

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Kurt Warner likes the Arizona Cardinals' Super Bowl chances.

Warner has been making the rounds of shows promoting his new movie, American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story, and interestingly picked a different NFC team to make the Super Bowl on the Pardon My Take podcast Wednesday.

"As much as I would love to see Arizona, because I do believe they could be one of the most complete teams and I would them to see them take that trip, with what I've seen right now and because I think it would be a great story, let me go with Tampa Bay and New England."

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In a different recent ESPN interview, Warner told ESPN that the Cardinals were the biggest threat to the Buccaneers to make the Super Bowl.

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