Projected record: 10–6
Speaking of favorable schedules, the Cardinals got one, too. Sure, they start the season on the road in consecutive games, but it’s against the Lions and Colts. They get a bye after their London trip to face the Rams and host three straight games in late November into early December. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald should get one more postseason trip before hanging it up.
Pivotal game: Week 16 vs. Giants. The Cardinals close with the Seahawks, but I’ve already decided that series gets split. The most pivotal game after those two is the penultimate one, against New York. Peterson vs. Beckham. Mathieu flying around. The Giants’ defense trying to contain Fitzgerald. Merry Christmas Eve, fans.