USA TODAY Sports has come out with their annual win-loss projections for each franchise, but they were not so lenient toward the Arizona Cardinals.
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USA TODAY projected outcomes for each of the 256 regular season contests during the 2015 NFL season and the Cardinals ended up with a 9-7 record due to their projections.
Here is how the entire NFC West projections broke down…
"NFC WESTSeahawks (12-4): Open with pair of tough roadies (Rams, Packers) and play three of final five away from comfy CenturyLink Field, so need to make hay in the middle. Week 2 game at Green Bay could determine NFC’s home field.Rams (10-6): Catch potentially battered Seahawks in opener and may not get full dose of Le’Veon Bell in his Week 3 debut. After Oct. 11 game at Lambeau Field, Rams leave St. Louis once in subsequent five weeks, good time for Nick Foles to find groove.Cardinals (9-7): Three 1 p.m. ET kickoffs aren’t good news for a team that’s historically struggled on East Coast. But healthy Cards should be in the mix provided new-look defense clicks without Todd Bowles.49ers (5-11): A schedule that includes the AFC North and NFC North doesn’t look particularly forgiving to a team that lost so many key vets to retirement and is adjusting to regime change as well."
First off, I think the Arizona Cardinals will finish with at least 10 wins, but I could definitely see them finish with 11 or possibly 12.
Second, the St. Louis Rams are projected to finish higher than the Cardinals… With what receiving corps? The Rams better hope that Nick Foles (shout out to the University of Arizona) doesn’t get hurt again or else they are in big trouble. Arizona has a much better roster on paper, but who knows what will happen when the two teams enter the trenches during the Fall.
Personally, I think the Cardinals will not have to worry about either the Rams or the San Francisco 49ers this year. It will be a two team race for the NFC West crown between the Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.