4. At Arizona Cardinals, Week 17
Jun 9, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer during minicamp practice at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Assuming Carson Palmer stays healthy throughout the year, there will be a lot riding on this Week 17 matchup.
Remember, with Palmer under center, the Cardinals were 8-1. From there, it went downhill with inexperienced quarterbacks such as Ryan Lindley, Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas taking over quarterback duties.
Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor will form a poor man’s thunder and lighting backfield, while Palmer will have two proven receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd to throw to. On top of that, the Cardinals were able to pry All-Pro guard Mike Iupati away from the San Francisco 49ers to improve their line play.
On defense, the Cardinals brought in Sean Weatherspoon to play middle linebacker who will pair with Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson on the back end. Last season, the two games with the Cardinals were fairly easy, but don’t expect easy sledding this time.
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