New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals
Both the Patriots and Cardinals were playoff teams in 2015 each returns the majority of their roster. This might be the best game of week 1 and will be a tremendous early season treat for football fans. The story that will overshadow this game will be whether or not Tom Brady participates — he remains suspended at the time of this writing.
Keys to the Game
Without Brady, this game will be a tremendous test. New additions Terrance Knighton (DT) and Cyrus Jones (CB) will be asked to contribute right away. The Patriots will need to put pressure on Carson Palmer and limit Arizona’s run game. If this game turns into a shootout, New England will be outclassed without Brady.
Score early, score often. A Brady-less New England team does not have the firepower to keep up with Arizona’s offensive juggernaut. An effective passing game will open up plenty of holes for David Johnson and company to run through, all the way to victory.