Arizona Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss revises his season prediction at the midway point of the season:
Preseason prediction: 9-7
Revised prediction: 12-4
Why the Cardinals will finish better or worse: Here’s the funny thing: My initial prediction for the Cardinals this year was 12-4 -- but that was before Daryl Washington was suspended, Darnell Dockett got hurt and Tyrann Mathieu's return date was in flux. As the injuries piled up, my win projections kept shrinking until I had Arizona at 9-7. But I’m back up to 12-4 because this team has handled adversity and injuries better than I expected. There, I said it. I knew they’d be good based on last year’s success and how much turnover -- more so, what kind of turnover -– they had during the offseason.
Arizona won’t slow down, especially under coach Bruce Arians. Its offense hasn’t peaked yet either, so if that happens -- and if the Cardinals can stay healthy -- 12 wins is more than possible with this defense. It's likely. Sitting at 7-1 with eight games left, five wins are expected, and six is a possibility. With the way Arizona has been winning games, and with the level that its defense played at in the first half, beating St. Louis and Detroit at home seem obvious. The Cards' next-toughest challenge will be at Seattle in Week 12. That could be a loss. Then they travel to Atlanta, which should be a gimme, and host Kansas City. That could be a trap game. But playing at St. Louis, at home against Seattle and at San Francisco will yield at least two wins. There’s 12-4.