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Score & Stat Predictions for Each Remaining Game on Arizona Cardinals' Schedule

Andrew NordmeierContributor IIIOctober 31, 2013

Score & Stat Predictions for Each Remaining Game on Arizona Cardinals' Schedule

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    Andre Ellington (right) celebrates a touchdown.
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    The Arizona Cardinals are halfway through their 2013 season and are on their bye week. With eight games behind them, this is the perfect time to look ahead to the second half and see what it has in store for Arizona. 

    We'll project the score of each game as well as yardage totals and penalties at the team level. Because of how far in advance the games are, it's difficult to predict statistics on a player-by-player basis. 

    That said, start the slideshow and see how the Cardinals will start out of the bye week when they host the Houston Texans

Week 10 vs. Houston Texans

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    Arizona hosts Houston to open the second half. It's the first of four games in the second half against the AFC South. 

    Houston has the league's best passing defense so this will be a difficult game for Carson Palmer to have success. They are weak against the run, however, as they allow 122.1 yards per game on the ground. 

    The Texans have been dealing with injuries to quarterback Matt Schaub and running back Arian Foster which will impact this game. 

    How does it shake out?

    Arizona defeats Houston 24-17. 

    The Cardinals roll up 148 rushing yards and 181 passing yards in the game, but commit three turnovers in the win. Houston rushes for 113 yards and passes for 202 more but four turnovers lead to their demise. 

Week 11 at Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Week 11 comes around and the Cardinals head east to take on the lowly Jaguars

    Jacksonville can't run the ball and are next to last, gaining 66.4 yards per game on the ground. They are the worst team in the league against the run. This gives the Arizona ground game two straight weeks to crank it up against inferior opponents. 

    Jacksonville hasn't scored a touchdown this season in their stadium in Florida. They scored one against San Francisco but that game was in London. 

    Arizona should pick up a big win in this game along the lines of 30-3. 

    The Cardinals run for 174 yards and pass for 151 more in the win. The Cardinals play mistake-free football and don't commit a single turnover.

    Jacksonville gets 233 yards through the air, most coming when the game is out of hand. The Jaguars rush for 43 yards against a tough Arizona defense and commit three turnovers. 

    The only suspense in this game is whether the Jaguars will be 1-9 or 0-10 after it's over.

Week 12 vs. Indianapolis Colts

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    Andrew Luck and the Colts roll into Arizona to take on the Cardinals in the "Bruce Arians Bowl."

    Indianapolis is another AFC South team that can't stop the run. The Colts are 29th against it and allow 122.3 yards per game on the ground. It's the third straight week Arizona should be able to gain some serious yardage in the running game.

    The Colts will give Arizona a tough test trying to contain running back Trent Richardson. Luck will have some difficulty in the passing game without Reggie Wayne. He's lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. 

    Arizona should take this in a 21-14 game. 

    The Cardinals pick up 143 yards rushing and 212 yards passing. Arizona commits one turnover but gets the win.

    The Colts get 81 rushing yards and 224 passing yards. It's the two turnovers, including one late in the game, that dooms Indianapolis.

Week 13 at Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Cardinals will head to Philadelphia for a key game against the Eagles. Philadelphia will be coming off of its Week 12 bye and should be well-rested to take on Arizona. 

    Philadelphia's pass defense has been poor this season, allowing 302.3 yards per game. The Eagles can run well with LeSean McCoy (pictured) giving opposing defenses fits. But those rushing yards haven't been turning into points lately. Philadelphia has 10 points combined in Week 7 and Week 8. 

    Carson Palmer takes advantage and racks up 332 yards through the air as the Cardinals post a 27-13 win. Arizona rushes for only 76 yards thanks to the passing success. The Cardinals commit just one turnover as they win again. 

    Philadelphia runs for 129 yards and throws for 172 in the loss. Philadelphia coughs the ball up twice in this  game. 

     

Week 14 vs. St. Louis

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    The St. Louis Rams will have a different look to them when Arizona takes them on in Week 14. The Rams lost quarterback Sam Bradford to a torn ACL and Kellen Clemens will be under center. The Rams have little clarity at running back which works in Arizona's favor. 

    The Rams edged the Cardinals 27-24 in Week 1, but this looks like Arizona's time for revenge. 

    The Cardinals take the rematch 21-13 and have a five-game winning streak. 

    Arizona picks up 230 passing yards and runs for 118 more. St. Louis gets 162 passing yards and 98 rushing yards in the loss. Each team commits one turnover. 

Week 15 at Tennessee Titans

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    The Tennessee Titans are the last non-division opponent Arizona will face this season. They have not been strong in the passing game and need running back Chris Johnson (pictured) to carry the load. Johnson hasn't performed well this season, averaging 3.2 yards per carry.

    Just like the rest of the division, the Titans allow more than 117 yards per game halfway through the season. This looks to be another game the Cardinals can control if they run effectively. 

    Arizona wins the game 17-10 and has momentum going into the final two weeks of the season. 

    The Cardinals rush for 133 yards and pass for 185 more with two turnovers. The Titans run for 74 yards and pass for 211 yards. Tennessee commits three turnovers and the last one costs them the game.

Week 16 at Seattle Seahawks

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    Arizona gets a rematch with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. The last time Arizona went to Seattle, the Cardinals were embarrassed 58-0. 

    Arizona played Seattle much closer in their Week 6 meeting which was a 34-22 Arizona loss. The Cardinals still have their issues with taking on the Seahawks and they suffer a loss in this game.

    Seattle takes it 28-17. 

    The Cardinals run for 61 yards and pass for 221 more. Arizona's four turnovers on the day are critical to the loss. 

    Seattle finished with 123 rushing yards and 222 passing yards, but they don't turn it over. 

Week 17 vs. San Francisco 49ers

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    The San Francisco 49ers are the last game on the schedule for the Cardinals this season, and the game is at University of Phoenix Stadium. 

    San Francisco is the best team in the league at rushing the ball at the halfway point of the season, but is weak through the air. 

    Arizona seemingly can't beat San Francisco and that trend will continue in the finale. 

    San Francisco wins the game 31-13. 

    Arizona runs for 88 yards and passes for 220 more, but three turnovers cost them dearly. San Francisco runs for 172 yards and passes for 203 more with just one turnover on the day. 

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