Arizona Cardinals can dismiss Adam Rank’s record prediction

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For those that are familiar with Adam Rank, he gave a semi-surprising prediction for the Arizona Cardinals that doesn’t seem to add up.

If there’s anyone who never fails to stir conversation, it’s NFL Network’s Adam Rank. Rank has been with NFL Network for quite some time now and has had some definite “ouch” predictions in the past.

When it came to the Arizona Cardinals’ schedule, Rank sure “zigged” when others have “zagged.” Here’s a look at what Rank thought the Cardinals’ record in 2022 would look like:

  1. Beat KC
  2. Lose to LVR
  3. Beat LAR
  4. Beat CAR
  5. beat PHI
  6.  Beat SEA
  7. Beat NO
  8. Lose to MIN
  9. Lose to SEA
  10. Lose to LAR
  11. Lose to SF
  12. Beat LAC
  13. BYE
  14. Lose to NE
  15. Lose to DEN
  16. Lose to TB
  17. Beat ATL
  18. Lose to SF

Adam Rank has Arizona Cardinals going 8-9 and missing the playoffs.

There’s a lot to unpack here. But, first, there’s no way the Arizona Cardinals are going to start 6-1 without DeAndre Hopkins. The number of talented wide receivers the Cards face in the first six weeks will be a true test for a thin secondary.

Additionally, I will not believe the Cardinals will beat the Panthers until I see it with my own eyes. The Cardinals’ last win over Carolina was a defensive slugfest in 2013, a 22-6 win for the Cards. Therefore, it is a wild prediction to lose four of their next five games to enter the bye at 6-5.

I could see a loss to Minnesota more than I can to Seattle, but the final game of the 2021 regular season showed that. Finally, the Cardinals won’t lose to the 49ers in the final game of the season. The Cardinals will have too much to lose and will empty out the playbook in order to make it back t the postseason.

8-9 is the worst-case scenario for this team. A more realistic prediction would be 10-7 or 11-6, the same record they had last year. We’ll see if the Cardinals can get it done.

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