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Updated Sep 3, 2014 - 10:45 am

Eight ESPN panelists see playoffs for 2014 Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians received one Coach of the Year vote from a panel of 64 ESPN voters who previewed the 2014 NFL season. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

A lot of people work for ESPN. Seriously. A lot of people.

The fine folks at the Worldwide Leader put out their NFL predictions from a panel of 64 contributors in four different areas -- ESPN personalities, national contributors, NFC reporters and AFC reporters.

So how did the Cardinals fare in the eyes of the panel?

Only 12.5 percent (8-of-64) have the Cardinals reaching the playoffs in 2014. Seven have penciled them in for a wild card berth, while only one -- David Newton, who covers the Carolina Panthers for the network -- has Arizona winning the rugged NFC West.

Twenty-one voters think a team from the NFC West will be hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Glendale Feb. 1, but none see the Cardinals doing it on their home field. The San Francisco 49ers received 12 votes while the defending champion Seattle Seahawks got nine.

In terms of award winners, only one voter -- Vaughn McClure, who covers the Atlanta Falcons -- has an NFC West player gaining hardware. He's got San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking it home.

Three division coaches got votes for Coach of the Year. San Fran's Jim Harbaugh led the way with three, while Seattle's Pete Carroll got two and Arizona's Bruce Arians received one.

In terms of rookies, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde got one vote for Offensive Rookie of the Year while St. Louis' Aaron Donald got four votes for the defensive honor.

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School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers

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