Dominant defense, improving offense has Arizona on a 4-game win streak

Arizona's defense has been strong all season. Now the offense has joined the party.

The result is a four-game winning streak that has the Cardinals in the thick of the NFC wild card race.

After its surprisingly one-sided 40-11 thrashing of Indianapolis on Sunday, Arizona (7-4) at least temporarily held the second wild card spot behind Carolina (8-3). San Francisco (6-4) played at Washington on Monday night. Arizona has lost to San Francisco but is the last team to beat Carolina. The Cardinals and 49ers meet in Arizona in their final game of the regular season.

Arizona coach Bruce Arians doesn't say "if" the Cardinals will make the playoffs. He says "when" they do. That's how confident he is in an ever-improving team that still has a rough road ahead.