Arizona Cardinals: 2017 schedule released

Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The Arizona Cardinals now know where and when they will play in 2017

The NFL has officially released their 2017 regular-season schedule.  The Arizona Cardinals will open the new season on September 10th against .

The Arizona Cardinals will get to play …. national television games.  …was the number I predicted them to play in primetime in 2017. Just right for a team that finished 7-8-1 but still have high expectations to win.

Sunday September 10th – @ Detroit Lions – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday September 17th – @ Indianapolis Colts – 10:00 a.m.

Monday September 24th – Dallas Cowboys – 5:30 p.m. (MNF)

Sunday October 1st – San Francisco 49ers – 1:05 p.m.

Sunday October 8th – @ Philadelphia Eagles – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday October 15th – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1:05 p.m.  

Sunday October 22nd – @ Los Angeles Rams (London) – 10:00 a.m.

Sunday October 29th – Bye

Sunday November 5th – @ San Francisco 49ers – 2:05 p.m.

Thursday November 9th – Seattle Seahawks – 6:25 p.m. (TNF)

Sunday November 19th – @ Houston Texans – 11:00 a.m.

Sunday November 26th – Jacksonville Jaguars – 2:25 p.m.

Sunday December 3rd – Los Angeles Rams – 2:25 p.m. 

Sunday December 10th – Tennessee Titans – 2:05 p.m.

Sunday December 17th – @ Washington Redskins – 11:00 a.m. 

Sunday December 24th – New York Giants – 2:25 p.m. 

Sunday December 31st – @ Seattle Seahawks – 2:25 p.m.

Clearly the game in London against the Rams is a highlight.  Also interesting is the Christmas Eve game on December 24th hosting the Giants.

So what jumps out to me are two things.  First, starting the season’s first two weeks on the road and then having to wait all weekend week three to play their first home game against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Also the Cardinals were given three consecutive home games and four out of five in November/early December.  After a trip to San Francisco on November 5th, the Cardinals only have one road trip to Houston between then and December 17th.

While it is nice to have the long stretch at home, I always like to see a little more balance.  The Cardinals open and close the season on the road.  Also, just two primetime games, none on Sunday Night Football.  Honestly that’s a little disappointing but it is what it is.