2012 Arizona Cardinals: Bold Predictions for the Cards' Next 3 Games
After going 3-0 for the first time since '74, the Arizona Cardinals are off to a terrific start. Skyrocketing from the bottom of the NFL rankings, they are now nearing the top as one of the league's premiere teams.
Can the Cards continue this high level of play as the season progresses?
Here are bold predictions of the Cards' next three games.
Vs. Miami Dolphins
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The Miami Dolphins (1-2) are coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the New York Jets after losing by a field goal. Unfortunately, the Dolphins star running back, Reggie Bush, was injured in the loss and will undergo an MRI on his knee on Monday.
If the Dolphins are forced to play the Cards without their star, the game will be an absolute slaughter. The Cardinals defense shows no signs of slowing down and the secondary should have a field day with rookie Ryan Tannehill at quarterback and a weak receiving core.
The Dolphins won't be able to find any comfort in their backup running back, either, if Bush does not play, as he has fumbled in both games he has played in this season.
The Cardinals tenacious defense alone will be enough to lift the Cards' past the Dolphins in Week 4.
Week 4: Cardinals win 31-6
Vs. St. Louis Rams
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Though the Rams have offensive weapons in Steven Jackson and emerging receiver Danny Amendola, they haven't been high-powered enough to put up any significant points.
Their defense hasn't been able to keep an opponent under 20 points yet this season and they haven't given any reason to suspect anything different.
The Rams will remain a bottom tier team and the Cardinals will roll over them.
Week 5: Cardinals win 33-10
Vs. Buffalo Bills
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The Bills seem to be repeating their inconsistency of last season, showing huge potential one week and then barely competing a week later.
That being said, the Cardinals will be coming off of two easy wins, and an easy stretch in the league is rare. So expect the Bills to give it their all against the Cards'.
With all their talent and potential, the game will turn into a close, fast-paced game. The Cardinals are at home in this one which should help in a close game.
Week 6: Cardinals win 34-28