The Arizona Cardinals schedule is out and now we need to figure out how things play out. I am sure the takes will continue to be reasonable and measured.
Let’s work through things.
Weeks 1-4 no Kyler Murray
Week 1 (09/10) - @ Washington Commanders 10:00 a.m. on Fox - L
The Commanders have a great defensive front and without Kyler Murray it could be a tough one for the Arizona Cardinals to win.
Week 2 (9/17) - v New York Giants 1:05 p.m. Fox - W
The Giants did a nice job last year, but now they need to show up again, but what do they have in their second season under Brian Daboll?
Week 3 (9/24) - v Dallas Cowboys 1:25 p.m. Fox - L
The Cowboys have a talented offense and defense, and it is early in the season so they won’t be falling apart yet... Right?
Week 4 (10/01) - @ San Francisco 49ers 1:25 p.m. Fox - L
The Niners don’t have a quarterback, but they have a good enough team for it not to matter.
Weeks 5-7 Maybe Murray back
Week 5 (10/08) - v Cincinnati Bengals 1:05 p.m. Fox - L
If Murray has played before this, I think this is a close one. If not, the Bengals should put up a nice offensive display.
Week 6 (10/15) - @ Los Angeles Rams 1:25 p.m. Fox - W
Murray back or not, the Rams are in a tough spot too.
Week 7 (10/22) - @ Seattle Seahawks 1:05 p.m. Fox - L
Playing in Seattle is always tough.
Week 8-18 Murray should be back
Week 8 (10/29) - v Baltimore Ravens 1:25 p.m. CBS - L
This is a great game if Murray has been back for three or four games, while it is a problem if it is his first game back.
Week 9 (11/05) - @ Cleveland Browns 11:00 a.m. CBS - L
The Browns should be better with a full season of Deshaun Watson, but they did not look good last year, even with him.
Week 10 (11/12) - v Atlanta Falcons 2:05 p.m. CBS - W
The Falcons could be better, but maybe not.
Week 11 (11/19) - @ Houston Texans 11:00 a.m. CBS - W
The battle for the first pick? Maybe, maybe not, cause the Cardinals have both of these picks.
Week 12 (11/26) - v Los Angeles Rams 2:05 p.m. Fox - W
The Rams could be better than I am giving them credit for, but maybe not.
Week 13 (12/03) - @ Pittsburgh Steelers 11:00 a.m. CBS - L
Steelers, in December, early. Yuck.
Week 14 (12/10) - Bye Week
Week 15 (12/17) - v San Francisco 49ers 2:05 p.m. CBS - L
Should be a closer game than the first.
Week 16 (12/24) - @ Chicago Bears 2:25 p.m. Fox - W
Cardinals get over their win total in this one, even though this is a terrible game/time/date/weather.
Week 17 (12/31) - @ Philadelphia Eagles 11:00 a.m. Fox - L
Week 18 (01/07) - v Seattle Seahawks (TBD) - L
This could be interesting depending on where the Seahawks are.