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Arizona Cardinals 2014 Season Preview

Given the battles the club will go through as it attempts to climb to the top of the hill in the division, it is no surprise that the Cardinals bulked up on both sides of the ball. They added massive offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, a big blocking tight end in rookie Troy Niklas, and two physical defenders in cornerback Antonio Cromartie along with safety and first-round pick Deone Bucannon.

Carolina Panthers 2014 Season Preview

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was on the hot seat prior to the season and his job status looked bleak after a 22-6 loss at Arizona in Week 5. That's when the Panthers stepped up for their head coach and emerged as a contender in the NFC. Included in the eight-game winning streak were big wins over San Francisco, which got revenge when it counted most, and New England.