Call it the Kyler Murray effect for the Arizona Cardinals this preseason
We found out Tuesday the Arizona Cardinals are going to get some more exposure nationally this preseason. They will have three games televised live nationally in August.
We already knew the Cardinals were going to be on ESPN in week two of the preseason against the Oakland Raiders. Now NFL Network is going to add two more games.
They always show replays of the local broadcasts of each game during the preseason, however their week one game against the Los Angeles Chargers and week three game against the Minnesota Vikings have been selected for live broadcasts.
That’s what happens when you have the number one pick quarterback Kyler Murray. That’s what happens when people want to see Kliff Kingsbury‘s Air Raid offense.
Now, the country will only get a small taste of it. Remember, it is preseason. The offense, as well as the opposing defenses will be mostly vanilla.
Depending on how things go, it may be the last time the country outside of Arizona and the city they are playing in will see Murray and the Cardinals until Halloween against the San Francisco 49ers. That is the Cardinals only scheduled national television game this season currently.
While many don’t believe the Cardinals will win many games this season, it definitely appears there is intrigue and interest in what Murray and the Cardinals have to offer. The week one game against the Chargers is at home on Thursday August 8th and the Raiders game is at home on Thursday August 15th.
The Vikings game is on the road on Saturday August 24th. The only game that will not find itself on national television this preseason is the finale on Thursday August 29th against the Denver Broncos in Denver.
If the Cardinals are able to string some wins together early on, don’t be surprised to see more of them on national television come mid to late season. But that’s putting the cart before the horse. Let’s enjoy the attention for now.