Hello Cards fans. After looking at the schedule, measuring the Vegas odds, and even some fantasy projections; here is what I think is going to happen this year.
In this post I will look at the first three games of the year and I will follow up with another three game prediction shortly.
Let’s start with a couple assumptions that I am making to create this breakdown. We will stay relatively healthy. No injuries to the nine guys that made the most recent NFL top 100 list or to thin position groups like cornerback or O-line. But, I am making that assumption for all of our opponents as well.
Cardinals 23- Patriots 20
The offense has not looked like itself without John Brown stretching the field. He is going to be out of shape and out of sync when he does come back.
The Patriots D is tough even with the loss of Rob Ninkovich and will hold us to only two touchdowns. One on the ground and one through the air. But they will get an easy score themselves off of a bad Palmer turnover.
The three Catanzaro field goals will be the difference even if he does miss one of his tries.
Cardinals 31- Bucs 17
The Cardinals have a week under their belt and are a little more balanced in their attack. Both Johnsons will score on the ground and Palmer will throw a pair of touchdown passes. One may be to a running back, but a pass non the less.
The Bucs are outmatched and their front seven is better than in the past, but they are not ready for our road grading O-line.
Jameis Winston will throw a beautiful pass for a score, but will make enough boneheaded plays that his team will be out of the game by the second quarter. BA won’t be happy with how we finish.
Cardinals 20- Bills 13
Low scoring affair with two very good defenses slugging it out. We are lucky to have drawn this cold weather road game so early in the season. We will look bad on the east coast like we have in the past, but our D will win this game for us and bring us back home 3-0.
Honeybadger gets back into form against a team that likes to throw to the slot and people will start talking early about the DPOY race after this game. Catanzaro will have another miss outside in the wind.
I expect a fast start to this season like we have had for the last two seasons. Our D will be slightly ahead of the offense at this point of the year, but I think that will change as we go on.
I will follow up with games four through six in a couple days, but will have all 16 games before the start of week one.
Let me know if you guys would like to see predictions for any other teams.