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NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals

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NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Bengals vs. Cardinals

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In Carson Palmer's second game against his former team, the Arizona Cardinals will take on the Cincinnati Bengals. This Sunday night matchup will be a competitive defensive battle between the two teams' top-tier defenses and their respective struggling offensive reserves. Cincinnati looks to win their first preseason game, but for that to happen, their reserves need to step up and make some plays. Here's five bold predictions for the game.

5. Cobi Hamilton Makes Five Catches

Cobi Hamilton, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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5. Cobi Hamilton Makes Five Catches

Cobi Hamilton, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
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Hamilton struggled in Cincinnati's game against the New York Jets last week, yet there is still an open slot in the Bengals' opening day starting lineup at receiver that is calling Hamilton's name. Although Brandon Tate, Dane Sanzenbacher and Ryan Whalen are also in the running for the spot, Hamilton has the most upside of any of the four receivers. Hamilton will get more opportunities to prove himself this week; look for Hamilton to shine.

4. John Brown Scores at least One Touchdown

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4. John Brown Scores at least One Touchdown

John Brown, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
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Brown has raised eyebrows with his stellar preseason play on offense and special teams. Playing against some Bengals backups that have been vulnerable this preseason, Brown is bound to score at least one touchdown, whether in the return game or as a receiver.

3. Arizona Cardinals Score 30-Plus Points

Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
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3. Arizona Cardinals Score 30-Plus Points

Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
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Like previously mentioned, the Bengals reserves have been less than stellar on defense. The Cardinals, although they won 10 games last year, struggled to put points on the board. This game could be a good start for Arizona, as they figure to put at least 30 points on the board against a vulnerable Cincinnati defense. The Bengals have given up 66 points in their first two preseason games, so this game is an opportunity for Arizona to capitalize.

2. Cincinnati Bengals' Quarterbacks Struggle

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2. Cincinnati Bengals' Quarterbacks Struggle

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Andy Dalton tore apart the Jets last week, posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating; after playing a perfect game statistically, Dalton is bound to regress in some form this week (although that doesn't mean he will play poorly or struggle). However, backups Tyler Wilson and Matt Scott both struggled last week. Unless the offensive line steps up and protects the two quarterbacks, Scott and Wilson will likely struggle again this week.

1. Carson Palmer Throws Two Interceptions, Loses One Fumble

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals quarterback
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1. Carson Palmer Throws Two Interceptions, Loses One Fumble

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals quarterback
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The Bengals love to hate Carson Palmer and for good reason; Palmer's threat to retire if he wasn't traded from Cincy showed a lack of loyalty and class. After the defensive line failed to register a sack last week, the Bengals defense, highlighted by the return of Geno Atkins, seems primed to pressure Palmer into playing poorly. Palmer could easily throw two picks if the D-line brings pressure, and he could lose a fumble when sacked as well.

Connor Howe is a Cincinnati Bengals writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @CHoweSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.