Arizona Cardinals: A look ahead to the 2016 season


The Arizona Cardinals 2015 season came to an abrupt end on Sunday night in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Arizona Cardinals loss to the Carolina Panthers is almost 24 hours in the past now.  It’s time to move on.  It’s time to look ahead to 2016.

The Cardinals know who and where they are playing in 2016 they just don’t know when.  The Cardinals will play the entire NFC South (4 games), AFC East (4 games), the NFC West (3 teams x 2 games – 6 games), and the first place team in the NFC East and NFC North.

Here is the Cardinals home schedule:

Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

The Cardinals away schedule:

Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

It is an impressive schedule.  There are definitely games worth watching next season.  It is also a schedule the Cardinals should be able to handle and make another run at the NFC West title.

Primetime possibilities at home include the Seahawks, Redskins, Patriots, Saints, and Jets.  Primetime possibilities on the road include the Seahawks, Panthers, Vikings, and Bills.  NBC Sunday Night Football loved the Cardinals this season.  The Cardinals went 3-0 in the regular season and 1-0 in the playoffs on NBC. They were 1-0 on ESPN Monday Night Football, and 1-0 on Thursday Night Football.

The schedule comes out in April sometime.  It usually is released around mid-April.  As it gets closer we will make predictions on how we see it shaping out.

Even though it was a blowout Sunday evening, I still see the NFL scheduling the Panthers on national television.  I also expect the Vikings and Patriots game at the very least on national television.

I know for some it’s hard to already talk about next season but Cardinals general manager and head coach Bruce Arians already got down to business for 2016 on the plane ride home on Sunday evening.