October 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers
This could truly be a clash of NFC/AFC powerhouses with a very outside chance and way too early prediction of a Super Bowl matchup. That said, big things are expected from both teams and this contest will serve as a solid barometer of how the two conference’s stack up against each other.
This matchup always has back stories as Arizona has become a popular landing spot for ex-Pittsburgh players and coaches while a few have gone the other way. The two obvious names are coach Bruce Arians, who spent significant time with the Steelers and offensive coordinator Todd Haley who did the same with Arizona. These two organizations certainly know each other well and both will be prepared.
Steelers player to watch: WR Martavius Bryant
Everyone knows about Pro Bowl wideout Antonio Brown, but not everyone knows about Bryant – at least not yet. The Steelers will deploy one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL thanks to Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and the receivers mentioned above, making this a tough game to win for the Cardinals.
October 26 vs. Baltimore Ravens
Expect another hard-hitting, tough game on the heels of a matchup in Pittsburgh as the Cardinals return home to face the Ravens. The outcome of this game will largely depend on how Arizona comes out of the Steelers game from a health perspective.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco has proved to be a bit clumsy with the ball at times and the Cardinals defense feasts on big plays by forcing opposing signal callers into making mistakes. We expect Arizona to make a point to stop the run and force Flacco into making bad decisions against the blitz.
Ravens player to watch: RB Justin Forsett
Forsett experienced a career revival last season and has found what appears to be a long-term home in Baltimore. We mentioned above that Arizona will likely make it a priority to stop Forsett and the Ravens rushing attack, and if it can do that, a win is there for the taking.
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