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Updated Apr 24, 2014 - 9:15 am

Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill on schedule: NFL 'gave us a lot of respect'

It's not quite a holiday, but let's face it, a lot of people treat the release of the NFL schedule as one.

That happened Wednesday, and fans of all 32 teams got to visualize for the first time how their teams' 2014 campaign might play out.

In Arizona, fans of the Cardinals seem to be pretty happy with the way the schedule makers set up their team. For the first time in team history, Arizona will play prime time games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill is also pleased.

"So many times over history, the NFL schedule makers haven't given us a lot of respect, but there's no doubt this year, they gave us a lot of respect," Bidwill told Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "I think we deserved it after going 10-6 and what Bruce Arians, the other coaches and the players did on the field was really amazing.

"So we got a lot of respect from the league. Including our preseason, we've got four nationally televised games. I like our schedule a lot."

The Cardinals open up on Monday Night Football Sept. 8 when they host the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium. The other two prime time regular-season games are NFC West tilts that come much later in the schedule. In Week 15, the Cardinals travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams in a Thursday night affair. That's followed by a Sunday night home game against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

In fact, five of the Cardinals' six division games come in Week 10 or later, including three straight to end the season.

Bidwill has no problem with that, either

"I think it's a positive. I think it's going to be more exciting for the fans," he said. "It certainly puts more pressure on us to do what we did last year, which is finish very strong -- and we did.

"I like the idea of finishing the year at San Francisco. In 2013, they certainly stung us with a last-second field goal. That's going to be a very interesting game because a lot could be at stake those last two weeks of the season."

2014 Arizona Cardinals Schedule

1Monday, Sept. 8San Diego ChargersUniversity of Phoenix Stadium7:20 p.m.
2Sunday, Sept. 14at New York GiantsMetLife Stadium10:00 a.m.
3Sunday, Sept. 21San Francisco 49ersUniversity of Phoenix Stadium1:05 p.m.
4--Bye Week----
5Sunday, Oct. 5at Denver BroncosSports Authority Field at Mile High1:05 p.m.
6Sunday, Oct. 12Washington RedskinsUniversity of Phoenix Stadium1:25 p.m.
7Sunday, Oct. 19at Oakland Coliseum1:05 p.m.
8Sunday, Oct. 26Philadelphia EaglesUniversity of Phoenix Stadium1:05 p.m.
9Sunday, Nov. 2at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium11:00 a.m.
10Sunday, Nov. 9St. Louis RamsUniversity of Phoenix Stadium2:25 p.m.
11Sunday, Nov. 16Detroit LionsUniversity of Phoenix Stadium2:25 p.m.
12Sunday, Nov. 23at Seattle SeahawksCenturyLink Field2:05 p.m.
13Sunday, Nov. 30at Atlanta FalconsGeorgia Dome2:05 p.m.
14Sunday, Dec. 7Kansas City ChiefsUniversity of Phoenix Stadium2:05 p.m.
15Thursday, Dec. 11at St. Louis RamsEdward Jones Dome6:25 p.m.
16Sunday, Dec. 21Seattle SeahawksUniversity of Phoenix Stadium6:30 p.m.
17Sunday, Dec. 28at San Francisco 49ersLevi's Stadium2:25 p.m.

About the Author

School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers


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