Arizona Cardinals: 2015 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

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Jun 9, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer during minicamp practice at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

8. Arizona Cardinals

2014 season record: 11-5

Top additions: G Mike Iupati, LB Lamarr Woodley, LB Sean Weatherspoon

Top departures: NT Dan Williams, CB Antonio Cromartie, LB Sam Acho

2015 projection: 11-5, 2nd NFC West, 5th seed NFC Playoffs

The Arizona Cardinals probably won’t see much of a dropoff from the first two seasons of the Bruce Arians era.  Sure, they lost a few guys.  Guys like Antonio Cromartie, Sam Acho, Dan Williams.  They were quite active in free agency though, picking up Sean Weatherspoon, Corey Redding, Mike Iupati, and Lamarr Woodley.  Just reloading is all.

They will still have a big fight on their hands though.  Seattle is still Seattle.  St. Louis is getting better.  San Francisco probably won’t be the factor they once were but the Cardinals still have to show they can beat them consistently.  The schedule is tougher this year with more trips back east.  However three of the first four games and three of the last four games are at home.  That should be the difference maker.