The Red Birds are hoping to put last season's 5-11 debacle behind them and are looking ahead to the upcoming campaign with cautious confidence behind new head coach Bruce Arians, quarterback Carson Palmer, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and company.
With that being said, let's take a game-by-game look at Arizona's schedule and predict the winner of each contest:
Season Opener – Sept. 8 at St. Louis Rams – A very tough call here. Rams usually play the Red Birds tough in the dome. Loss.
Sept. 15 vs. Detroit Lions - Cards earn impressive win in their home opener as Palmer-Fitzgerald-Floyd exploit weak Lions secondary. Win.
Sept. 22 at New Orleans Saints - This should be a wild, high-scoring shootout but Drew Brees and the Saints have just have too much firepower. Loss.
Sept. 29 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Red Birds move to 2-2 by putting lots of pressure on Bucs QB Josh Freeman. Win.
Oct. 6 vs. Carolina Panthers – Two great receivers in this contest – Carolina's Steve Smith and Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's team wins. Win.
Oct. 13 at San Francisco 49ers - NFC Champs still too tough, especially in Candlestick Park. Loss.
Oct. 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks - Tight NFC West battle goes into overtime where Cards win it with a long Jay Feely field goal. Win.
Nov. 10 vs. Houston Texans - All-pro running back Arian Foster has another big game for the Texans. Loss.
Nov. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars - Red Birds travel East and beat one of the worst teams in the league. Win.
Nov. 24 vs. Indianapolis Colts - QB Andrew Luck visits Glendale for the first time and runs into the buzz saw Cardinals D. Win.
Dec. 1 at Philadelphia Eagles - Another trip to the Eastern time zone to face Chip Kelly's Eagles squad. Loss.
Dec. 8 vs. St. Louis Rams – Cardinals get some revenge for their season opening loss to the Rams. Win.
Dec. 15 at Tennessee Titans – Can the Red Birds shut down RB Chris Johnson? They do just enough to post a nice road triumph. Win.
Dec. 29 vs. San Francisco 49ers - Cards drop second straight to finish the season at 8-8, which is still a three-game improvement from last season. Loss.
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