|2005 Arizona Cardinals season|
|General manager||Rod Graves|
|Head coach||Dennis Green|
|Home field||Sun Devil Stadium|
|Division place||3rd NFC West|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||WR Larry Fitzgerald|
K Neil Rackers
The 2005 season was the Arizona Cardinals' 86th in the National Football League (NFL), their 107th overall and their 18th in Arizona. The team was unable to improve upon their 6–10 record from the previous season, and failed to make the playoffs for the seventh year in a row.
The October 2 game was the first regular season game to be played outside the United States, and was known as NFL Futbol Americano. The game was a Cardinals home game, and the Cardinals defeated their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, 31–14.
The Cardinals, as a team, had a paltry 1,138 rushing yards in 2005, only 71.1 yards per game. Remarkably, the Cardinals only had one 100-yard rushing game, when they ran for 129 yards in the season finale against the Indianapolis Colts. Arizona's season total is the fifth-fewest rushing yards by a team in a 16-game season.
The Cardinals passing offense, however, led the league, with 4,437 yards. Kurt Warner's 271.3 passing yards per game were third in the NFL, and his 24.2 pass completions per-game led the league. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tied for the league lead in receptions, with 103,[note 1] edging out his teammate Anquan Boldin, who had 102 (tied for third in the NFL)[note 2] Fitzgerald's 1,409 yards, and Boldin’s 1,402 yards receiving were fourth and fifth in the NFL, respectively, in 2005. Boldin’s 100.1 receiving yards per game led the NFL.
The season also saw the Cardinals change their logo and uniforms, which remained until 2023. It was also their final season playing at Sun Devil Stadium.
Main article: 2005 NFL Draft
|2005 Arizona Cardinals draft|
|1||8||Antrel Rolle||Defensive back||Miami (FL)|
|2||44||J.J. Arrington||Running back||California|
|3||75||Eric Green||Defensive Back||Virginia Tech|
|7||226||LeRon McCoy||Wide Receiver||Indiana (PA)|
|Made roster † Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
In the 2005 regular season, the Cardinals’ non-divisional, conference opponents were primarily from the NFC East, although they also played the Carolina Panthers from the NFC South, and the Detroit Lions from the NFC North. Their non-conference opponents were from the AFC South.
|1||September 11||at New York Giants||L 19–42||0–1||Giants Stadium||78,387|
|2||September 18||St. Louis Rams||L 12–17||0–2||Sun Devil Stadium||45,160|
|3||September 25||at Seattle Seahawks||L 12–37||0–3||Qwest Field||64,843|
|4||October 2||San Francisco 49ers||W 31–14||1–3||Estadio Azteca||103,467|
|5||October 9||Carolina Panthers||L 20–24||1–4||Sun Devil Stadium||38,809|
|7||October 23||Tennessee Titans||W 20–10||2–4||Sun Devil Stadium||39,482|
|8||October 30||at Dallas Cowboys||L 13–34||2–5||Texas Stadium||62,068|
|9||November 6||Seattle Seahawks||L 19–33||2–6||Sun Devil Stadium||43,542|
|10||November 13||at Detroit Lions||L 21–29||2–7||Ford Field||61,091|
|11||November 20||at St. Louis Rams||W 38–28||3–7||Edward Jones Dome||65,750|
|12||November 27||Jacksonville Jaguars||L 17–24||3–8||Sun Devil Stadium||39,198|
|13||December 4||at San Francisco 49ers||W 17–10||4–8||Monster Park||60,439|
|14||December 11||Washington Redskins||L 13–17||4–9||Sun Devil Stadium||46,654|
|15||December 18||at Houston Texans||L 19–30||4–10||Reliant Stadium||70,024|
|16||December 24||Philadelphia Eagles||W 27–21||5–10||Sun Devil Stadium||44,723|
|17||January 1, 2006||at Indianapolis Colts||L 13–17||5–11||RCA Dome||57,211|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
See also: 2005 St. Louis Rams season
|(1) Seattle Seahawks||13||3||0||.813||6–0||10–2||454||271||L1|
|St. Louis Rams||6||10||0||.375||1–5||3–9||363||429||W1|
|San Francisco 49ers||4||12||0||.250||2–4||3–9||239||428||W2|