While the Arizona Cardinals remain alive in the playoff hunt, a disastrous start to the season likely put their postseason hopes out of reach.
Finishing with a winning record, though, is looking like a realistic possibility.
The Cardinals look to match their longest winning streak in more than 12 years Sunday when they host the woeful Cleveland Browns.
After winning its season opener, Arizona suffered a season-worst six consecutive defeats to drop into a last-place tie with St. Louis in the NFC West. The Cardinals, however, have since won three straight and five of six to get their record to 6-7.
Arizona, which hasn't won four in a row since Nov. 14-Dec. 5, 1999, still is a longshot for the playoffs with several teams sitting ahead of it in the wild-card standings.
"I'm proud of our guys, the way they have played, and the way they have hung together after facing a lot of criticism," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "... A lot of times that will fracture your team, but our guys believ...