Arizona Cardinals 2016 schedule revealed
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals will open the season against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football
So the Arizona Cardinals got some national television love after all. They will open the 2016 season at home at University of Phoenix Stadium against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. What a way to start the regular season.
Here is what the Cardinals face:
Sun Sept 11th – New England Patriots 5:30 pm NBC Sunday Night Football
Sun Sept 18th – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:05 pm
Sun Sept 25th – @Buffalo Bills 10:00 am
Sun Oct 2nd – Los Angeles Rams 1:25 pm
Thurs Oct 6th – @San Francisco 49ers 5:25 pm CBS Thursday Night Football
Mon Oct 17th – New York Jets 5:30 pm ESPN Monday Night Football
Sunday Oct 23rd – Seattle Seahawks 5:30 pm NBC Sunday Night Football
Sunday Oct 30th – @Carolina Panthers – 1:25 pm
Sunday Nov 6th – BYE
Sunday Nov 13th – San Francisco 49ers 2:25 pm
Sunday Nov 20th – @Minnesota Vikings 11:00 am
Sunday Nov 27th – @Atlanta Falcons 11:00 am
Sunday Dec 4th – Washington Redskins 4:00 pm
Sunday Dec 11th – @Miami Dolphins 11:00 am
Sunday Dec 18th – New Orleans Saints 1:05 pm
Saturday Dec 24th – @Seattle Seahawks 4:25 pm
Sunday Jan 1st – @Los Angeles Rams
Highlights of the 2016 schedule:
Three straight national television games, all in first half of the season. That’s alright. The first half of the season see the Cardinals at home for five of their eight games. The exact opposite in the second half of the season.
They start the season with three out of four at home, just as in 2015. However they do end with three out of four on the road, including the last two, both divisional games. Very interesting to see the season end with the Rams. That’s the first time that has happened to the Cardinals since they moved to the week 17 games all being divisional games.
"Patriots vs Cardinals in week1"
There can’t be much reason to complain quite honestly. Sure, we would love to see more national television games. You might see more with flex scheduling and might see national games on Fox. Overall I’d say the NFL treated the Cardinals pretty well.
The Cardinals only have four games in the early Sunday games. Only one of those games is at 10:00 am Arizona Time, in Buffalo. However that game is in September. The only possible outdoor cold game is at Seattle on December 24th. The NFL has scheduled most games to be played on Christmas week on Saturday, Christmas Eve.