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NFL predictions: Early picks for Arizona Cardinals 2015 schedule

It's April, but why not?

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With the 2015 NFL schedule out, the natural thing is try to count up wins and losses. It doesn't make sense, as it is only April and we don't know who will actually be on the 53-man roster, who will be hurt and who will be drafted.

But, hey, everyone is doing it, so why not join the crowd.

Before I start, I'm going to give you my basic rules of thumb. They aren't going to win all their home games. I don't see them sweeping either San Francisco or Seattle still. With that, here is what I can see the Cardinals doing in 2015.

Week 1 vs. Saints: Win

Week 2 at Bears: Win

Week 3 vs. 49ers: Win

Week 4 vs. Rams: Win

Week 5 at Lions: Win

Week 6 at Steelers: Loss

Week 7 vs. Ravens: Win

Week 8 at Browns: Win

Week 9 bye: Win (they get to rest...the win doesn't count)

Week 10 at Seahawks: Loss

Week 11 vs. Bengals: Loss

Week 12 at 49ers: Loss

Week 13 at Rams: Win

Week 14 vs. Vikings: Win

Week 15 at Eagles: Win

Week 16 vs. Packers: Loss

Week 17 vs. Seahawks: Win

Result? 11-5

They go 6-2 at home and 5-3 on the road. Is that enough to win the division? Not sure, but a 4-2 NFC West record is a good way to go.