Calais Campbell: Cards best team in the NFC

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is confident that he's a member of the best team in the entire NFC.

Speaking on the television program NFL AM, Campbell said that his Cardinals group is playing at a high enough level to be considered the best in the entire conference.

"I mean, in my opinion, we're the best team in the NFC," Campbell said. "But I hope we get into the playoffs so we can show it, because going 11-5 — but you don't make it to the playoffs — nobody really knows. The only teams we talk about are the playoff teams. So we really hope we get a chance to get in. I know if we do, we will do some damage."

Here's the issue: If the Saints don't lose this week, then the Cardinals could be on the outside looking in this postseason. Arizona could wind up 11-5 with a win over San Francisco and miss out on the postseason.

It shows the disparity between the AFC and NFC this year. A team like Arizona, which has won seven of its past eight games, may not make the playoffs, while the Ravens (8-7), Chargers (8-7), Dolphins (8-7) and Steelers (7-8) are all fighting for the final spot in the AFC.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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