Arizona Cardinals week 1 opponent revealed

The Arizona Cardinals will get to pay King Henry a visit as they open the season the road against the Tennessee Titans. An early-morning leak from CBS revealed the week 1 one matchups of the teams on their network.

Matchup
Arizona Cardinals
Tennessee Titans
9/12
1 PM ET

The last five meetings between the teams have been more in favor of the Arizona Cardinals:

  • 12/10/17: Arizona 12, Tennessee 7
  • 12/15/13: Arizona 37, Tennessee 34 OT
  • 11/29/09: Tennessee 20, Arizona 17
  • 10/23/05: Arizona 20, Tennessee 10
  • 10/26/97 Tennessee Oilers 41, Arizona 14

 

Arizona leads the all-time series 7-4. Arizona’s defense will be put to the test right away this season, as Derrick Henry has been absolute lethal force the past few seasons, and Ryan Tannehil is still a good threat through the air with his arm.

The most notable matchup from years past is the 2009 matchup, which featured a back and forth game. Then-Titans quarterback Vince Young led a 90+ yard game winning drive to beat the Cardinals at the buzzer.

The rest of the NFL schedule is tonight at 8 ET. Starting on the road and getting a win will be critical to the morale and mindset of this team. This game is a “contender or pretender” kind of game, and Arizona needs to find a way to win this game.

Will Zaven Collins be in the starting lineup? How will he fare against one of the best running backs in the league? Additionally, J.J. Watt will be going up against a very familiar for in his former division rival.

Maybe Watt can share some insight on how to keep Tennessee’s offense at bay. Don’t forget that the Cardinals now have an actual kicker in Matt Prater, who shouldn’t have a problem hitting a game winning kick. This should rest much easier for Cardinals fans when the game is on the line.