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Lions-Cardinals preview: 5 Questions with Revenge of the Birds

We need the important questions answered.

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Hey, how much do you know about the Arizona Cardinals? Did you know they play in Glendale? Did I just blow your mind? If you want to know about the Cardinals, you need to talk to someone who knows about them. Elementary. We reached out to Revenge of the Birds managing editor Seth Cox about the birds in red. You read his questions to me about the Lions here.

1. Will we ever see Carson Palmer like we did in 2015, or is this the tail end of his career? If the latter, why didn't the Cardinals make any overtures to finding a future QB this draft?

For an entire season, no. However, you will definitely see flashes of that play from Palmer and when he gets on that hot streak early in the game, it is unlikely he'll come down. But, that's going to be more of a game to game proposition. Will we see a 35 touchdown season from Palmer? No, I don't think so. But 23-25 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions with close to 4,000 yards is where I see him this year.

2. What's the primary addition the Cardinals made over this offseason?

Health. While they brought back Karlos Dansby for his third stint with the team, signed Antoine Bethea, and brought in veteran Tramon Williams late, the biggest addition for the team right now is health. D.J. Humphries and Jared Veldheer are both back and healthy. Tyrann Mathieu is back and looks like his old self, and Justin Bethel, the man getting the first shot of playing across from Patrick Peterson are all healthy. It will be a big boost for the team.

3. The Lions recently acquired a former Cardinals tight end. What can you tell me about Hakeem Valles?

I called him a dime a dozen blocking tight end, but he's good at it. He's a guy you can count on to get his blocks and help in the running game or on double teams in pass pro. He's not a bad special teams player to boot, but he doesn't really do much as a receiver, which for AZ made him expendable.

4. The NFC West is probably a two-way horse race again, but what do the Cardinals have to do in order to beat the Seahawks this year?

Well, Arizona has really done a nice job against the Seahawks of late, going 1-0-1 in 2016 and splitting with the Seahawks in 2015. It's not the Seahawks as much as beating teams outside the division that Arizona should be beating. Now, the Seahawks are clearly the top dogs in the division still, but Arizona can definitely be more than a thorn in their side. They just have to win games, last year losing to New England without Brady and losing to Buffalo as well as the Rams. The Cardinals take care of bad teams, they'll be making these wins in Seattle mean something in 2017.

5. Let's move on to predictions. How many hot dogs do you think will be consumed in the opening week at tail-gates, league-wide?

Umm… 450k?

Cardinals 31
Lions 24

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