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2020 Arizona Cardinals Season Prediction

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Earlier this month NFL released their schedule for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. You know what that means…it’s prediction time! Due to COVID-19, the NFL had to postpone all international games, which means the Cardinals regain a home game this season. Their home schedule includes their NFC West foes: Seahawks, Rams, and last year’s runners’ up, the 49ers. Additionally, they will be hosting the NFC East’s Redskins and Eagles, as well as the AFC East’s Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, along with the Detroit Lions for the second year in a row. With their opponents going a combined 63-64-1 last season, the home schedule looks favorable for the “Red Sea” fans.

While away from The University of Phoenix Stadium, the Cardinals will have to travel to their NFC West rivals and to the East Coast just four times. They play both the Jets and Giants in weeks 5 and 13 respectively, while also playing the Panthers in Carolina and traveling to Foxborough to play the Patriots. The Cardinals have two primetime games this season: one against the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football and one on Monday Night Football in Dallas, playing the Cowboys.

Predictions

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Now that we know who and where the Cardinals will be playing their opponents this season, let’s predict! From the onset, the Cardinals should start the year with a 4-1 record through week five. The season begins with a huge NFC showdown in Santa Clara as the Cardinals play the 49ers. Weeks 2-3 are home games against the Redskins and Lions; two winnable games. While weeks 4-5 are going to be on the road squaring off against the Panthers and Jets; again, very winnable.

Week six is the Monday Night showdown in “Jerry World” against the Cowboys. The next four weeks the Cardinals will be able to sleep in their own beds as they are home for 3 straight games hosting the Seahawks, Dolphins, and Bills, with a bye on week eight. Envisioning a winning record during these three games would be nice… but I’m just not seeing it. Week 11 is a Thursday Night game in Seattle; knowing the Cards play hard in Seattle, this outcome is a coin toss. 

The toughest stretch comes as the Cardinals must make back and forth trips between coasts in three consecutive weeks. It starts with a week 12 trip to Foxborough, week 13 back in Glendale to face the Rams, week 14 is back to the East Coast to play the Giants, then back to Glendale to take on the Eagles in week 15. The travel may take a toll on the players, but going 2-2 is possible, and even going 3-1 isn’t out of the question. Week 16 comes just two days after Christmas, and it will be the Cardinals’ final home game against the 49ers. Finally, the Cardinals head to Los Angeles to play the Rams in the New Year as the season ends on week 17.

After breaking down and analyzing the 2020-21 season, I think the Arizona Cardinals will finish with a record of 9-7 and will battle for a Wild Card spot; trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015.