1. Arizona Cardinals
Best case: The Arizona Cardinals repeat last year’s success to the tune of a 13-3 regular season and second straight NFC West title. Carson Palmer once again finds himself in the MVP discussion, Tyrann Mathieu returns to full health and makes a case for Defensive Player of the Year, Patrick Peterson furthers his case as the top defensive back in the league, and Bruce Arians gets to continue wearing stupid hats while avoiding the scrutiny it truly deserves. The Cardinals avenge last year’s humiliating NFC Championship Game loss and win the first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Worst case: Carson Palmer reminds us his legs are as sturdy as Tony Romo’s back, and Arizona is forced to ride Drew Stanton for the majority of the season. Second-year back David Johnson proves to be more like Andre Ellington and less like Marshall Faulk (yes, Cardinals management has already been comparing David Johnson to the Hall of Famer), leading to a stagnant running game. Larry Fitzgerald demands the Cardinals sign Kurt Warner to fill Palmer’s void, and abruptly retires when they deny his request. Arizona goes 8-8, Seattle reclaims NFC West supremacy and the world finally gets to give Arians flack for his fashion choices.
More likely: Best case
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