We should know quickly after the season begins just what to expect from the Arizona Cardinals
For the first five weeks of the 2018 regular season, the Arizona Cardinals will not have to travel too far away from home. They don’t leave the time zone until week six.
Staying home for three of the first four weeks helps as well. The only two road games for the Cardinals are at the Los Angeles Rams and at the San Francisco 49ers in the first five weeks.
It is not until week six against the Minnesota Vikings they have to travel outside of the time zone and the division. For a team going through some transition, that is key.
We’ve talked about the schedule already a little bit but now that we are a mere couple of weeks until training camp starts and now just two months until the regular season starts, it is important to remember this. Don’t get down on the Cardinals too much in training camp or the preseason.
First preseason is just that. There are a lot of players who will get playing time that won’t be here in September. Secondly, the game is different once the calendar turns away from August.
As you can see, the team itself is excited about this fact. Granted, the Rams and 49ers will be tough road games. All games will be tough but if you want a fast start, this is the way you want it.
They also get the two of their three divisional road games over with early. This will only leave a trip to Seattle in week 17, again.
You could make the argument that if the Cardinals lose those early road divisional games, it puts them behind the eight ball for the rest of the season. While possible, they are also early enough to recover if they are not able to pull either of those games out.
There really isn’t any right or wrong answer here. Just go out and win the games they schedule and see where the chips may fall.
But it sure is a nice way to start the season with a new quarterback and new coach. The chance for the fast start is definitely there.