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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Predicting the Cardinals' record

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Following up on an earlier series, I wanted to post the game-by-game projections for the Cardinals' this season. We hit on this Aug. 28. We hit on the other teams in the division earlier today.

The end of the Cardinals' schedule appears rough. I could see an improved team that doesn't necessarily improve its record from 8-8. Coach Ken Whisenhunt raised that possibility this afternoon when reporters asked him about goals for the season. Yes, the record is important. As for specifics, Whisenhunt outlined a few goals: to become a better road team, to incur fewer penalties and to win more of the close games.

With that, let's run through the Cardinals' schedule and project each game on feel:

  1. Win at 49ers
  2. Win vs. Dolphins
  3. Lose at Redskins
  4. Lose at Jets
  5. Win vs. Bills
  6. Lose vs. Cowboys
  7. Bye
  8. Lose at Panthers
  9. Win at Rams
  10. Win vs. 49ers
  11. Lose at Seahawks
  12. Win vs. Giants
  13. Lose at Eagles
  14. Win vs. Rams
  15. Win vs. Vikings
  16. Lose at Patriots
  17. Lose vs. Seahawks

We could go back and forth on a few of these games. The choices I made seemed reasonable. I generally would not pick Arizona to sweep the 49ers, but I do think the Cardinals have a potential advantage in the first game of the season.