ESPN fan vote: Cardinals likely to bounce back in 2017

May 30, 2017, 10:56 AM | Updated: May 31, 2017, 3:16 pm

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians yells at side judge Scott Novak (1) during the second hal...

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians yells at side judge Scott Novak (1) during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

After a disappointing 7-8-1 finish last season, many fans believe the Cardinals can have a bounce back season in 2017.

In a SportsNation poll, fans ranked the Cardinals as the sixth most-likely non-playoff team to have a bounce back campaign next season (as of Tuesday morning).

The Cardinals trail only the Buccaneers, Titans, Panthers, Broncos and Eagles in voting.

After making the NFC Championship game in 2015, the Cardinals will look to change the playoff field as many teams did a year ago.

Well for starters, half of last year’s entrants spent the 2015 postseason watching from home, and that’s far from an anomaly. Over the past 10 seasons, 54 of the 120 teams to make the playoffs didn’t do so the previous year. None of those 10 seasons has featured less than four new playoff teams, while the 2008 season produced seven.

The Cardinals will likely just be competing with the Seahawks for the NFC West crown, and they are hoping that players like Tyrann Mathieu and John Brown can have a rejuvenated 2017 and help push them into the postseason.

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