Oakland Raiders 2014 Schedule: Ranking the most anticipated games

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Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

#9. Arizona (Week 7)

Quality of Opponent 

Arizona are the third best team in the NFC West on paper, which only does you so good seeing as there are two Wild Card spots and one will almost be surely claimed by Seattle/Washington. Which means that Arizona will have to win games against non-divisional opponents early and often next year should they want to make the playoffs. If they don’t they will be destined to another year of being “The best team to miss the playoffs.”

Rivalry 

Arizona has Carson Palmer and Jared Veldheer so I would expect some boos to rain down out of the Black Hole.

Location, Location, Location 

Carson Palmer’s return to the Black Hole should be quite the event.

Chance of Victory (Extremely Early Prognosis) 

Arizona will be the favorites in this game, but at home against Carson Palmer I will give them a chance especially if the defense comes to play.

Game Quality Ratings (Out of 10)

Quality of Opponent: 7

Rivalry: 8

Location, Location, Location: 10

Chance of Victory: 4.5

Overall Game Quality: 29.5