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Arizona Cardinals’ 2013 Game-by-game NFL Predictions

September 6th, 2013 at 6:52 AM
By Steve Smith

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You can sense the excitement and optimism in the air as the Arizona Cardinals embark on a brand new NFL season under the regime of General Manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians.

The Red Birds will open the 2013 campaign on Sunday in their old home city – St. Louis – against the NFC West division rival Rams. The Cards are looking to bounce back from a very disappointing 5-11 season last year..

Hope is in the air now that Arizona has a new quarterback in veteran Carson Palmer. Palmer may be 33 years old but he threw for over 4,000 yards last season with the Raiders and still has a lot of life in that strong right arm of his. The offensive line just needs to protect him.

So how will this year's Arizona contingent do? Let's take a look at each game on their schedule with a prediction for each one:

Season Opener - Sunday at St. Louis Rams – A very tough call here. Rams usually play the Red Birds tough in the dome. Arizona must be prepared for speedy rookie Tavon Austin. 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 sustained 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 big. Win.

Oct. 13 at San Francisco 49ers  - NFC Champs still very tough, especially in Candlestick Park. Two fine defenses here. Loss.

Oct. 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks  - Tight NFC West battle goes into overtime where Cards win it with a long Jay Feely field goal. Huge victory. Win.

Oct. 27 vs. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Julio Jones are just too much for Arizona. Loss.

BYE WEEK

Nov. 10 vs. Houston Texans  - All-Pro running back Arian Foster and Ben Tate have big games 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. Fitzgerald catches two TD passes from Palmer. 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. 22 at Seattle Seahawks - Arizona travels to the toughest road Stadium in NFL - CenturyLink Field – and the results are not good. Loss.

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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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Football, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Ryan, NFL, Steve Keim, Steve Smith, Tavon Austin

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