22. Arizona Cardinals
It doesn’t look too good for the Cardinals, who finished last season with an 11-5 record. Carson Palmer went down with a torn ACL in week 10, and although Palmer is coming into this season injury-free, the 35 year old veteran is only getting older, and his backup Drew Stanton, also is coming off of an injury plagued season. A foot injury and hip pointer ruined running back Andre Ellington’s second season in the NFL, and number one receiver Larry Fitzgerald only caught two touchdown last season, a career low. After losing Larry Foote, Darnell Dockett and Antonio Cromartie over the offseason, the Cardinals defense doesn’t look the same under new coordinator James Bettcher, but Bettcher still hopes to run the same attacking style defense that his predecessor Todd Bowles had success with.
21. Chicago Bears
Even though the Bears traded star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, quarterback Jay Cutler still has a lot of solid targets in Alshon Jeffery and rookie Kevin White, whose much needed speed gives the Bears a reliable option for deep passes. Matt Forte to is fresh off of an NFL record of 102 catches by a running back. But don’t expect another big year for Forte after the departure of Marc Trestman.
Adam Gase enters as the new offensive coordinator, and unlike Trestman, he likes to run a pass-heavy offense like the one he has ran in Denver for the past two years. The departures of Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs leave a massive question mark over Chicago’s defense. The Bears signed Jarvis Jenkins and Antrel Rolle to try and help out, but ultimately it’s not enough for me to see the Bears making the playoffs this year.