New England Patriots: 5 Predictions for Week 2 Matchup vs. Cardinals

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New England Patriots: 5 Predictions for Week 2 Matchup vs. Cardinals
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Chandler Jones (95, right) and the Pats D kept Jake Locker and the Titans scrambling for answersin Week 1.

The New England Patriots steamrolled the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, cruising to a 34-13 victory on the shoulders of QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley and a young, hard-hitting defense.

The next step for the Pats is to duplicate their success in their Week 2 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals lost their QB John Skelton to a low ankle sprain in Week 1, and his status vs. the Pats is in question.  They have an offense anchored by steady RB Beanie Wells and elite WR Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best playmakers in the game.

They've also got a good defense, highlighted by an aggressive front seven that managed to keep Seattle Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson off-balance for most of Week 1.

Week 1 was an unmitigated success for the Pats: they played well on both sides of the ball and stayed healthy.  But every week in the NFL brings new challenges.

Here are a few predictions about what might unfold at Gillette Stadium on September 16.

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