Back at the beginning of September I made my predictions for the Arizona Cardinals wins-losses. As of right now, I am one game off of my prediction. I had the Cards at 5-3 after eight games. They are 4-4. With the bye this week and exactly halfway through the season, here are my predictions revisited.
Week 1 – I had them beating St. Louis 20-17. Actual final 27-24 Rams.
Week 2 – Predicted Cards 27-20 over the Lions. I was close 25-21.
Week 3 – Had the Cards losing 34-16 in New Orleans. Close. They lost 31-7.
Week 4 – Went with the Bucs in a 35-21 win over Cards. I was off on that one, including score.
Week 5 – I went with the Cardinals 32-28 over the Panthers. They won 22-6.
Week 6 – Went with the Niners 27-14. They won 32-20.
Week 7 – I took the Cards to eek out a win 21-20 over the Seahawks. Unfortunately they failed to show up on either side of ball and lost 34-22.
Week 8 – I went with the Cards 31-28 over the Falcons. I didn’t give the Cards defense enough credit. Four more interceptions of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
Now my re-visited predictions for the remainder of the season:
Week 9 – I predict they squeeze a victory out of the bye.
Week 10 – Arizona 27 Houston 14 – I truly believe we will see a game a lot like this past Sunday against the Falcons.
Week 11 – Arizona 23 Jacksonville 10 – In a mild upset, the Jaguars score 10 at home.
Week 12 – Indianapolis 24 Arizona 20 – It’ll be closer than the 27-12 I predicted before the season, but still not enough.
Week 13 – Arizona 17 Philadelphia 15 – Hard to predict when you don’t know who the opposing quarterback will be. Cards have had Philly’s number anyway over the past several seasons.
Week 14 – Arizona 23 St. Louis 6 – St. Louis has a good defense. They did give up 24 in the opener to Arizona, so I know they can move the ball against them.
Week 15 – Tennessee 30 Arizona 16 – A tough place for the Cards to play. Tennessee is decent enough to win this one at home
Week 16 – Seattle 35 Arizona 9 – I can’t see anyway anyhow how this Cards team can win in Seattle. It’ll be better than 58-0 but still a convincing win for the Seahawks.
Week 17 – Arizona 26 San Francisco 23 – Why not, right? It’s just a prediction. Why can’t I take a shot?
Based on predictions for the remaining schedule, I have the Cards finishing 9-7. It’s a bit of a stretch but possible. If they play like they did on both sides of the ball against the Falcons, then I can definitely see this being the end result for the Cards. I think based on current NFC records, it will take 10-6 to get into the playoffs though. 9-7 might depending on who else is 9-7. Remember, the Cards have tie-breakers over the Lions and Panthers thanks to head-to-head matchups.