August 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) runs the ball on offense against Dallas Cowboys during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Since we are seeing a crazy morning to start off the 2013 NFL season, it is time to throw in some predictions for the Arizona Cardinals-St. Louis Rams game. Kickoff is at 1:25pm Arizona time. Remember, anything can happen in this league and no further proof is needed than the 10 games that are currently in action.
Prediction #1: The first score of the game will be a Carson Palmer touchdown pass – to Patrick Peterson. So it will begin. With just four receivers on the roster and probable little production from the tight end position, I look for the Cards to get Peterson involved quickly on offense.
Prediction #2: Rashard Mendenhall will rush for at least 75 yards as long as his knee hold up. If he is healthy, I believe not only will Mendenhall get his 75, someone else will get at least 50 yards on the ground. Ryan Williams or Stepfan Taylor maybe?
Prediction #3: Palmer will be sacked 6 times. It won’t be the debacle we saw last season with Kevin Kolb in St. Louis, however the St. Louis defensive front is still very dangerous and will get their share of sacks.
Prediction #4: Head coach Bruce Arians will win three replay challenges. He seemed to be right in the preseason. He’s a smart coach. He’ll win his first two challenges, giving him a third and successful one.
Prediction #5: Once again, no punt return touchdowns for Peterson. He may get a chance or two to try and run but I think the Rams have learned their lesson. They wrapped him up pretty well last season.
Hold onto your hats. This is going to be a fun game. Football is back baby!