For the NFL, perception and how you finish matters.
When you look at the Arizona Cardinals 2018 schedule versus the rest of the NFC West, that could not be more evident.
The Arizona Cardinals schedule produced just a single prime time game in 2018.
Compare that to their NFC West counterparts, who each have five games in prime time.
That’s right, the Arizona Cardinals were given the single, obligatory Thursday Night Football game in 2018. They’ll host the Denver Broncos in week seven, October 18, 2018. What’s more, their single prime time game is the same day as an ASU Football Thursday Night game against Stanford.
Meanwhile, the Rams open the season on Monday Night Football against the Raiders, play week three on Thursday Night Football against the Vikings, have week seven against the 49ers on Sunday Night Football, play the Chiefs on Monday Night Football in week 11 and have the Eagles on Sunday Night Football in week 15.
The 49ers have the Packers on Monday Night Football in week six, the Rams game in week seven, the Raiders on Thursday Night Football week nine, the Giants on Monday Night Football again week 10 and the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football week 13.
Finally, the Seahawks visit the Bears for Monday Night Football in week two, have the Packers on Thursday Night Football in week 11, the San Francisco game in week 13, another Monday Night Football game in week 14, and finish their slate on Sunday Night Football week 16 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Arizona Cardinals are not looked at favorably heading into 2018, you can just look at the NFL schedule to see that.