The one good thing about the season ending for the Arizona Cardinals is we can immediately look forward to the 2021 season
We can, and will dwell on the Arizona Cardinals 2020 season plenty over the coming days. However here’s a little something to look forward to, the 2021 season.
We now know who the Cardinals will play in their 16 games next season. It’s still eight months away but it’s never too soon to look ahead.
Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans
Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars
On paper the home schedule looks like a lot of fun. There are four 2020 playoff teams on the schedule. Of course we don’t know if fans will be allowed in the stands by the time the season starts but if they are, certainly the Packers, Vikings, and Colts will be huge draws.
The road schedule is also very intriguing. That will also include four playoff teams from 2020. They will make a return trip to Dallas to face the Cowboys, a team the demolished on Monday Night Football this season.
They will also play at the Titans, who wrapped up the AFC South title on Sunday afternoon. In facing the Jaguars, they are likely facing the number one pick in the draft. Right now that is likely to be Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields at quarterback.
The have five potential early window games in the 10 or 11am time slot in Arizona. Dallas, Tennessee, Detroit, Chicago, and Jacksonville fit that mold. However do not be surprised to see at least one of those games in the late Sunday afternoon window.
The NFC West teams will be re-loaded and return injured players, so there is no reason to believe any of them will slip in 2021. The Cardinals have a lot of work to do between now and September.