Arizona Cardinals: NFC West week one predictions


The NFL kicks off the 2015 season Thursday night with the Pittsburgh Steelers facing the New England Patriots

The NFL kicks off the 2015 this evening as all four NFC West teams continue to prepare for their games this upcoming Sunday and Monday.  The Arizona Cardinals face the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon in Glendale.

Two NFC West teams tangle with one another on Sunday in St. Louis.  The other will finish off the opening weekend on Monday Night Football in San Francisco.

New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals:

I made my prediction on this one the other day.  However it does bear repeating that I believe the Cardinals will come away with the victory here.  The Saints have a long injury report, many of whom did not practice on Wednesday, including running back C.J. Spiller.

The Cardinals have injury issues themselves as they just put tight end Ifeyani Momah on injured reserve.  They signed Joseph Fauria in his place.  They did get receiver Michael Floyd and tight end Jermaine Gresham back in practice on Wednesday, so that’s the good news.

Prediction: Cardinals 31 Saints 21

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

The Seahawks might be looking for some revenge after losing 28-26 in St. Louis last season.  Of course they did get some revenge by defeating the Rams in Seattle last season.

As the lone NFC West matchup this weekend there will be a lot of eyes within the division on this one.  St. Louis brings in a new quarterback in Nick Foles and Seattle now has tight end Jimmy Graham.  Seattle has had the Kam Chancellor distraction but it won’t be enough to derail the defending NFC Champions.

Prediction: Seahawks 34 Rams 20

Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers:

This Monday Night Football matchup could be the first time a lot of football fans will get to see Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in action.  The second-year quarterback now has higher expectations from coaches and fans.

The 49ers have been a mess this offseason with player retirements and defections via free agency.  They did pick up running back Reggie Bush and receiver Torrey Smith.  Both of them will be nice role players for them.

With the game in San Francisco, pardon me, Santa Clara, I see the Niners handling their business at home.

Prediction: 49ers 26 Vikings 17