Arizona Cardinals 2016 schedule has been finalized
By Scott Allen
Rumors are swirling the 2016 NFL schedule will be released Thursday on the NFL Network
The Arizona Cardinals and the rest of the NFL now know that the 2016 NFL schedule has been completed. The only announcement that the league has made is that there is an announcement coming soon. Alrighty then.
According to sources though, the schedule is likely to come out Thursday afternoon in an announcement on NFL Network. So in other words, par for the course.
So here is a reminder of who the Cardinals play in 2016:
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets
Away: Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins
Week one is September 8th-12th. I think the NFL has the Cardinals at home against the Redskins on the second-half of a Monday Night doubleheader on September 12th.
The first road game will be in week two. I believe they will go to Los Angeles and face the Rams.
As for other national television games I believe the Cardinals will play Sunday Night Football games at home against the Patriots and Seahawks. They will also play one in Minnesota against the Vikings.
Monday Night Football games will be the Redskins, as I noted, and the Jets. Look for the Panthers game to be somewhere on the national schedule as well, although I would not rule out any of the windows, with SNF, MNF, TNF or national FOX.
Thursday Night Football will likely see the Cardinals at the Rams or home against the 49ers.
This is the fun part, guessing. My best guess though is there will be some disappointment in how the Cardinals were scheduled and these predictions won’t even be close. There are expectations the Cards will be on national television several times thanks to their 13-3 season and NFC Championship Game appearance last season.
I just hope the NFL gives a nice balance. Starting with three out of four at home and ending with three out of four at home I think really helped the Cardinals propel to the top of the NFC West in 2015.