Tyrann Mathieu has said despite the improvements to the his team the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks are still the team to beat in the NFC.
The defensive back has said he believes the Cardinals are contenders, he's admitted on The Rich Eisen Show that their divisional rivals are still the boss of the NFC according to NFL.com.
He said: "I've never been a fan of disrespecting the people who have earned it, so for me it would have to be Seattle. "Those guys went to the Super Bowl two times in a row and they have everything we want."
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Mathieu also added that the Cardinals: "will definitely have to go through Seattle this year."
2014 Pro Bowler Calais Campbell thinks his Cardinals are now a true contender with Carson Palmer fit and healthy.
He said according to NFL.com, "With him under center, we know we're a contender -- a true contender. (It's) his ability to throw the ball against certain defenses and lead the team. He's just such a natural leader."
Whilst Campbell thinks his team are contenders in the division, they will definitely have to go through the Seahawks, like Mathieu said, if they want to achieve a good playoff run this year.
However, over the past three years, the Cardinals have only managed to beat the Seahawks twice in six games.
With the Seahawks adding strong names to their roster during the off season in the likes of tight end Jimmy Graham, they're looking stronger than the Cardinals.
If the Cardinals are able to keep Palmer fit and healthy for the whole of next season, there is no reason why they can't go on another playoff run just like they did last season.