Five Predictions for Arizona Cardinals-St. Louis Rams


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!