Arizona Cardinals: 2015 Game-by-game prediction

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Nov 16, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis (31) and strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) tackle Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals won 14-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5: Cardinals at Detroit Lions

The Cardinals finally make a trip to the Motor City.  The Lions have played their last three against the Cardinals in Glendale.  The last game in Detroit between these two franchises was in December 2009.  The Lions have not defeated the Cardinals since November 2005.

The Lions are a tough team to play inside Ford Field.  This year will be no exception.  This one is almost too tough to call but since the Lions are due for one against the Cardinals I will give them the slight edge on this Sunday.  Lions 24 Cardinals 17 (4-1)

Week 6: Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers

This one on paper appears to be another tough one.  The Cardinals haven’t played at Heinz Field since 2003, a 28-15 loss for the Cardinals.  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to throw for 4,000 yards or more again this season.  He could have a field day but I think with the suspect Steelers defense the Cardinals can keep up.

So, yes, I am going to go out on a limb and say the Cardinals make this game tougher than most expect.  It will be close but it will also be high-scoring.  This is your shootout this season Cardinals fans.  Of course if the weather sucks then forget everything I just said.  Cardinals 37 Steelers 35 (5-1)

Week 7: Baltimore Ravens at Cardinals (MNF)

Monday Night Football returns to the Valley.  This one promises to be a good show for the nation to watch.  What will be fun to see is the Cardinals defeat the Ravens in front of ESPN analyst and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

The Ravens are sneaky good on offense.  Running back Justin Forsett is fun to watch, not to mention fun for people to steal from right under my feet in fantasy football.  Happened to me twice this past weekend.  True story.  Want another true story?  Cardinals 22 Ravens 20 (6-1)

Week 8: Cardinals at Cleveland Browns

I saw where people are predicting Browns head coach Mike Pettine to be the first coach to get the axe this season.  C’mon people.  He’s not that bad.  He’ll be the second.  Nobody will get the axe quicker than…oh, wait yeah maybe he will be the first.

The Cardinals will be looking forward to the bye but first they take care of business in the mistake by the lake.  Cardinals 26 Browns 12 (7-1)

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