Arizona Cardinals: Local network predicts a roller-coaster season for 2022
The Arizona Cardinals are THAT NFL team in 2022. One that can build on last season’s success, or one that could sink to the bottom of the West.
Tyler Drake of 98.7 Arizona Sports revealed their game-by-game predictions for the Arizona Cardinals in 2022, and what a roller coaster of a year they are expecting this season. But with one look at the schedule, you can see why Drake projected the year to be a wild ride.
The first three games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Rams will test the Cardinals. And Drake does not see them winning a single game here. And really, it’s tough to blame him, given the Chiefs continued dominance and the well-rounded team we are seeing in Vegas.
The last time the Cardinals played the Rams, I turned the game off at halftime, knowing a comeback was fruitless. And I was right, as the Cards put just 11 on the scoreboard that night.
Will the Arizona Cardinals shrug off a projected 0-3 start and make the playoffs in 2022?
Despite the projected 0-3 start, Drake offered us some hope, with the Cardinals winning eight straight contests. While this seems farfetched, let’s not forget that had A.J. Green remembered to turn around in the end zone last year, the Cardinals would have started the 2021 season 8-0.
Looking at the schedule, once again, we can see why Drake predicted an eight-game winning streak. In that span, the Cardinals face Carolina, Philadelphia, Seattle, New Orleans, Minnesota, Seattle again, Los Angeles (Rams), and San Francisco.
While the Cardinals could lose some of the above, most of the teams are fringe, like the Panthers, Seahawks, Saints, and Vikings. Many project the Eagles to have a good season, but they have been stagnant under Jalen Hurts. The 49ers will likely start Trey Lance, and we will see how the former FCS quarterback fares in his first season as a starter.
It was bold to have the Cardinals upsetting the Rams, but they also managed to pull off an upset at SoFi Stadium early in 2021. So let’s see if they can make it two for two.
He has the Cardinals finishing the season at 2-4, with a final record of 10-7. This includes losses to the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And wins over the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.
This part of the season will determine whether they sneak into the playoffs. I can see the L’s to Denver, Tampa Bay, and the Chargers. Plus a win over the Falcons. But the other two games can go either way.
I may see the Cardinals getting there a little differently than what Drake sees, but overall, 10-7 is an accurate prediction. Now the question remains: Will it catapult the Cardinals into the playoffs?
Article Source: Predicting the Arizona Cardinals’ wins and losses of 2022 by Tyler Drake