Quick thoughts on the Cardinals’ 2016 schedule

Apr 14, 2016, 6:04 PM
Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald catches a pass in front of Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly duri...
Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald catches a pass in front of Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

The schedule is out, and like always there are things I like and things I don’t like.

The first thing that stands out to me is getting New England at home in Week 1. Love this advantage for the Cardinals. The benefit is not having any real games for Bill Belichick to break down. The greatest coach in the NFL is a master game planner and all he will see of the Cardinals is preseason games where Arizona will show nothing. If he had say three or four games to watch the Cardinals and break them down it would be advantage Patriots, so I really like the matchup in Week 1.

The second thing that stands out to me is the bye week in Week 9. Perfect time, especially coming off of games against Seattle and Carolina — two physical teams — so some much-needed rest will be imperative.

What I don’t like is ending the season with five of seven games on the road, including a stretch where they play at Atlanta, come home to play Washington, then travel back east to play Miami. Tough stretch.

I also don’t like playing the Rams on Sunday then a short turnaround playing San Francisco on Thursday night. Seems like a trap game to me even with San Fran not being good mainly because of how physical the Rams are and Arizona could be beatdown going into that game.

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt walks the sideline during the team's NFL football preseas...
Haboob Blog

Cardinals’ J.J. Watt encounters ‘baby rattlesnake’ in bathroom

Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt found himself in a situation many who call Arizona home never wish to be in. Or at least he thought so.
22 hours ago
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) greets San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Sha...
Tom Kuebel

Kliff Kingsbury lends support for 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan in hat ‘beef’

Kliff Kingsbury tendered support for San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in his ongoing hat drama with the NFL.
22 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (29) celebrates his touchdown against the Cincinnati B...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals Corner: Arizona standouts aplenty in win over Bengals

Arizona Sports' Cardinals reporter Tyler Drake and 98.7 FM's Erik Ruby give their top standouts in the team's 36-23 win over the Bengals.
22 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left, talks with quarterback Kyler Murray during the ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury ‘impressed’ with Kyler Murray’s play-calling

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury handed over play-calling duties to QB Kyler Murray in the team's 36-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
2 days ago
(Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)...
Tyler Drake

Victor Dimukeje, Trace McSorley pace Arizona Cardinals in rout of Bengals

Arizona Cardinals OLB Victor Dimukeje and QB Trace McSorley made the most of their opportunities in Friday's win over the Bengals.
22 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley looks for a receiver during the team's NFL football pr...
Kellan Olson

Trace McSorley throws TD in 1st preseason drive, Cardinals beat Bengals

The Arizona Cardinals' first series of the preseason was a positive one and they never looked back from there to beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
2 days ago
Quick thoughts on the Cardinals’ 2016 schedule