Here we go. The scheduling fun has begun. The Arizona Cardinals 2014 preseason schedule was released on Wednesday. Granted today was just the preseason schedule but it is also the precursor to the regular season schedule which should be out sometime next week. There are a couple of interesting takeaways from the schedule.
The Cards start with a home game against the Houston Texans sometime between August 7th and August 10th. The Texans have visited Arizona in the preseason previously. The two teams met in the regular season in 2013 with the Cards winning 27-24. It’s week one of the preseason but it’ll be nice to start things off at home. The Texans also have the number one pick, so it’ll be that players first live NFL game action.
Week two of the preseason has the Cardinals heading on the road to visit the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings just demolished the Metrodome after the 2013 season, so this game will be played outdoors on the campus of the University of Minnesota while the Vikings new stadium is under construction for the next two seasons.
In week three, the Cards are back at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. This one is a bigger test. It is on Sunday Night Football on NBC on Sunday August 24th. This is also week three of the preseason as well remember. That means the Cards starters will see their most game action all preseason long. I truly believe it is a good sign the Cards may end up on a couple more national games on the regular season schedule.
Closing out the preseason, the Cards will head back on the road to face the San Diego Chargers on August 28th. They also face the Chargers during the 2014 regular season in Glendale. These two teams met in the preseason in 2013. That was the game the Cards lost guard Jonathan Cooper for the season. We’d all love to forget that one.