NFL Predictions Week 2: Arizona Cardinals Have Opportunity To Lead NFC West

Chris GreenCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 27:  The Arizona Cardinals run out onto the field during introductions to the preseason NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 34-31.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals enter Week 2 with an opportunity to capture their second win and take sole possession of first place in the NFC West.

Of all four members of the division, the Cardinals clearly have the best matchup.

The Cardinals play the Redskins in Week 2, a game that looked very winnable before the season. But after the Redskins defeated the Giants, the game may be more of a challenge than initially thought.

The Redskins are favored, and Vegas is getting behind Washington in a big way.

This may be because the Cardinals have not traditionally fared well playing on the East Coast.

This may be because the Cardinals have not beaten the Redskins in the past 10 years.

This could also be due to the Redskins' win over a Giants team that people consider one of the better teams in the NFL, combined with the Cardinals barely holding onto a victory against a Panthers team that many consider one of the worst.

All I can say, is that weird stuff happens in Week 1—in any sport, really—and upsets are commonplace.

The Cardinals were less than impressive defensively last week. They should only improve against the Redskins.  

Despite Rex Grossman having a successful outing last week, he still has only a 54 percent completion rate for his career, only two more touchdowns than interceptions and he has a large enough body of work that would suggest he is what he is.

Does anyone think that Rex Grossman is suddenly going to throw for 300 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions most weeks?

The Cardinals have a much better chance in this game than people are giving them credit for.

Regardless of what happened last week, this is still a game that the Cardinals should win.

The rest of the division is faced with games they should lose.

Seattle plays Pittsburgh, and after getting dismantled by the Ravens, the Steelers will likely be looking for revenge.

Likewise, St. Louis plays the Giants, who will also be looking to bounce back from a Week 1 embarrassment against the aforementioned Grossman-led Redskins.

San Francisco plays Dallas, who looked strong against the Jets, only to falter in the fourth quarter, and will be yet another team that will be looking for redemption.

But, of course, games on paper mean nothing.  

It could very easily be that the Cardinals lose and every other team in the division wins.

But don’t be surprised if on Monday morning, the Cardinals are all alone in first place in the NFC West.