Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals won’t have to wait long to face Josh Rosen’s Miami Dolphins.
For the Arizona Cardinals, Josh Rosen is now a thing of the past. Instead of playing out his career in the desert, he’ll be with the Miami Dolphins for the foreseeable future. Despite the two teams being in different conferences, the two will be able to face each other sooner rather than later.
The 2019 schedule is set for the Arizona Cardinals; there are no sightings of the Miami Dolphins. Since 2016 the two teams have not faced each other, but according to the schedule making rules, a Murray Vs. Rosen matchup is in sight.
Every schedule is made up of facing three division rivals twice, playing all four teams from a division in the same conference, matching up versus the remaining two inter-conference twice based on ranking the previous season and facing all four teams in a division in the opposite conference. The last scheduling rule is what applies to the Cardinals facing the Dolphins.
In 2019, the Cardinals opposite conference division is the AFC North. In 2018 it was the West, and in 2017 it was the South. The last time the Cardinals faced the East was in 2016. Because the rule is the opposite division changing every year, it means the Cardinals will face all AFC teams in the span of four seasons. That rule leaves 2020 as the AFC East for the Cardinals out of conference play.
The AFC East includes the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and most importantly, the Miami Dolphins. This will be the four teams the Redbirds matchup against out of the conference and ultimately sets up the Rosen Vs. Cardinals game.
However, there is a caveat. Though Rosen looks to be the most promising quarterback in recent Dolphin memory, many believe next season is his only chance to earn the ‘franchise quarterback’ label. The Dolphins are expected to tank next year, and most believe it’s to earn the No. 1 overall pick to draft one of Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, or Justin Herbert.
But, if Rosen proves the naysayers wrong and earns the luxury of making Miami his forever NFL-home, the matchup will be set. Although we don’t know if the game will be in the desert or the beach, it’s hard not to see this potential matchup as must-see-TV.