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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Projecting the Cardinals' record, revisited

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


The Cardinals' schedule appears manageable even though the potential exists for a slow start.

Home games against the Colts, Vikings and Packers stand out among the "swing" games I've marked in red on the schedule below.

The Cardinals have some of their toughest games at home, right where they want them. Arizona lost similar games last season, falling to the Giants and Vikings at University of Phoenix Stadium.

I've tentatively got the Cardinals going 1-2 at home against the Colts, Vikings and Packers. Switching one of those games into the win column could turn my 9-7 projection into the Cardinals' first season with double-digit victories since 1976.

Week 1: win vs. San Francisco

Week 2: win at Jacksonville

Week 3: lose vs. Indianapolis

Week 4: bye

Week 5: win vs. Houston

Week 6: lose at Seattle

Week 7: lose at NY Giants

Week 8: win vs. Carolina

Week 9: lose at Chicago

Week 10: win vs. Seattle

Week 11: win at St. Louis

Week 12: lose at Tennessee

Week 13: win vs. Minnesota

Week 14: lose at San Francisco

Week 15: win at Detroit

Week 16: win vs. St. Louis

Week 17: lose vs. Packers

The Cardinals have found ways to win at home against borderline playoff teams such as Dallas and Miami last season. They did not defeat good teams until the playoffs. This season will determine whether Arizona can become more consistent over the course of a 16-game schedule.