We know this year’s Cardinal Flower will be a blue flower, but there are a lot of reasons to keep an eye on it.
The Cardinals will host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and it will be their first matchup with a team outside of the AFC West since the 2010 season, when they met the Pittsburgh Steelers in the postseason.
That game saw the Cardinals win 27-20, but this year, the Cardinals will be looking for revenge against the Steelers.
The Cardinals will play their first game without star cornerback Patrick Peterson, who is on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle.
He is expected to miss the entire season after suffering a season-ending neck injury last season.
On the offensive line, it’s not looking good, either.
The Cardinals’ depth at guard is a bit of a concern, especially with the departure of center Andrew Tiller.
With Tiller gone, the Steelers are relying heavily on second-year guard Kevin Zeitler, who has started just two games for the team.
But it’s also been a difficult year for quarterback Carson Palmer.
He was suspended for the first four games of the season after pleading no contest to domestic violence charges.
Palmer was suspended again for the next three games and then again for a third time in the fourth quarter of last season’s loss to the Dolphins.
In addition to Peterson, the defense was without starting defensive end Calais Campbell, who missed the first six games of this season after undergoing season-long surgery to repair a ruptured pectortic tendon.
There was also the injury to defensive tackle Jonathan Massaquoi, who was not on the roster during the preseason because of injury.
So who should you be watching for?
It seems like a toss-up between the Cardinals offense and the Dolphins defense, and there’s no denying that both teams will look to run the ball.
Alfred Morris, a first-round pick last year, should provide some nice looks on third down and he should be able to take advantage of tight end Dustin Keller.
New coach Bill Parcells has been known to use a hybrid attack, so it should be interesting to see how this team utilizes the new weapons.
If you’re looking for an offensive boost, the Saints are in the mix.
They’re one of only four teams in the league with a touchdown offense, and they’ll be looking to extend their win streak to 10 games.
And if you’re just looking for a great look at some good football, check out the Ravens.
They’re undefeated in their last 12 games and their quarterback, Joe Flacco, will likely see plenty of time on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury late in last season and missing the entire 2013 season.
The Ravens have struggled to get off the field in recent weeks and will look for a win over the Cardinals.
Finally, don’t forget the Seahawks.
They are one of the NFL’s worst teams when it comes to turnovers and have had several of them in the past two games.
Seattle has lost three straight, including last year’s matchup against the Chargers.
This is a good matchup for the Seahawks and a good one for the Cardinals as well.
It should be fun to see who ends up playing quarterback this year.