That’s right everyone. Football season is OFFICIALLY HERE!!!! Even though we still have over a month left before the NFL season actually kicks off, training camps are going full force right now so that means it’s time to start predicting how these NFL teams are going to finish this season.
That means it’s time for the ANNUAL USB NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM PREVIEWS!!!!!
One team a day for the whole month of August.
Something new for your viewing pleasure every day thanks to the wonderful folks at THE USB!
Let’s get this son of a bitch started…….
2017 NFL Preview
Record Last Five Seasons: 5-11 (2012), 10-6 (2013), 11-5 (2014), 13-3 (2015), 7-8-1 (2016)
Last Playoff Win: 2015 Divisional Round vs. Green Bay
Last Playoff Appearance: 2015 NFC Championship vs. Carolina
Super Bowl Wins: None
Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl XLIII vs. Pittsburgh
The Head Coach:
Coaching Record: 50-25-1
Playoff Record: 1-2
2016-17 Team Leaders:
Passing Yards/Touchdowns: Carson Palmer (4,233), Carson Palmer (26)
Rushing Yards/Touchdowns: David Johnson (1,239), David Johnson (16)
Receiving Yards/Touchdowns: Larry Fitzgerald (1,023), Larry Fitzgerald/J.J. Nelson (6)
Tackles: Tony Jefferson (96)
Interceptions: Marcus Cooper (4)
2017 Projected Starters:
- NOT GOOD
QB: Carson Palmer
RB: David Johnson
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: John Brown
WR: J.J. Nelson
TE: Jermaine Gresham
LT: D.J. Humphries
RT: Jared Veldheer
RG: Evan Boehm
LG: Mike Iupati
OC: A.Q. Shipley
DE: Rodney Gunter
DT: Corey Peters
DE: Josh Mauro
LB: Deone Bucannon
LB: Karlos Dansby
LB: Chandler Jones
LB: Markus Golden
CB: Patrick Peterson
CB: Justin Bethel
FS: Tyrann Mathieu
SS: Antoine Bethea
vs. @ Detroit Lions (September 10)
vs. @ Indianapolis Colts (September 17)
vs. Dallas Cowboys (September 25)
vs. San Francisco 49ers (October 1)
vs. @ Philadelphia Eagles (October 8)
vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (October 15)
vs. @ Los Angeles Rams (October 22)
vs. @ San Francisco 49ers (November 5)
vs. Seattle Seahawks (November 9)
vs. @ Houston Texans (November 19)
vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (November 26)
vs. Los Angeles Rams (December 3)
vs. Tennessee Titans (December 10)
vs. @ Washington Redskins (December 17)
vs. New York Giants (December 24)
vs. @ Seattle Seahawks (December 31)
Three Things I Like About The Cardinals This Season:
-The Offense: Arizona is once again loaded on the offensive side of the ball. There aren’t a whole lot of weaknesses on Arizona’s offense as long as Carson Palmer is able to stay healthy.
-The Schedule: The Cardinals don’t play a very difficult schedule this season. They get the pleasure of playing in the NFC West which means they get to play the 49ers and Rams twice each, two teams that I think will be towards the bottom of the league. They also get the added bonus of taking on the AFC South this year, which we all know is arguably the worst division in football.
-A Bounce Back Season: Arizona has been a very successful team under head coach Bruce Arians. After a disappointing season last year, I expect the Cardinals to come back in a big way, perhaps even capturing a division championship along the way.
Three Things I Hate About The Cardinals This Season:
-Carson Palmer’s Age: Carson Palmer is no spring chicken my friends. The guy is getting up there in age and as we all know, the older you get….the more the hits hurt. If Palmer misses anytime this season due to an injury, the Cardinals could be dead in the water. That thought should scare Arizona fans.
-The Start of the Schedule: Earlier I mentioned that Arizona doesn’t play a very difficult schedule, however the beginning of their schedule is not very friendly. They start the season out with away games at Detroit and Indy, head back home to play Dallas & the Niners, go back on the road to play Philly, and then head home again to play Tampa before what should be a tough road game against the Rams. There is a real possibility that the wheels completely fall off this thing and the Cardinals go 1-7 into their bye week with Arians’ seat getting warmer by the week.
-The Defensive Line: The loss of Calais Campbell in free agency could end up hurting the Cardinals on defense more than they think. Campbell was a stud and Arizona doesn’t have anyone to replace him with.