Week 1: STL
Week 2: @ SF (SF played @ ARI in week 1)
Week 3: CHI
(CHI plays PIT @ home in week 2)
Week 4: @ IND (IND played MIA week 2, then ARI week 3, then back home - that's a lot of traveling)
Week 5: JAX
(played TEN @ home in week 4)
Week 6: ARI
(HOU @ home in week 5)
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: @ DAL (BYE week 6, then ATL @ home week 7 - they should be well rested)
Week 9: DET
(BYE week in week 7 then STL @ home in week 8 - another well rested team)
Week 10: @ ARI (@ CHI in week 9 with an early week 4 BYE)
Week 11: @ MIN (week 9 BYE and DET @ home in week 10 - very well rested team)
Week 12: @ STL (ARI @ home in week 11)
Week 13: SF
(JAX @ home in week 12)
Week 14: @ HOU (@ JAX in week 13 - I hope JAX is a physically tough team in week 12 and 13)
Week 15: TB
(NYJ @ home in week 14)
Week 16: @ GB (@ PIT in week 15 - a tough game)
Week 17: TEN
(SD @ home in week 16)
A few things jump out at me when I see this. First off, what's with getting *zero* Sunday night/MNF games? One year full of injuries and the NFL has a reason to completely disown us?
On a side note, while we seem to get a rather *nice* schedule to start off the season it gets a little tough right in the middle and *after* our bye week. Even worse, the last 4 games are teams that very well could be fighting for a playoff spot (none of Houston, Tampa Bay, Green Bay or Tennessee will run away with their division this year) and be playing tough.
Right now I'm counting out 10 wins--7 home, 3 away. There are two more that will be close. That *might* do the trick in a year that I believe the Cardinals will fall back to reality. They will probably start strong but get slapped around by IND and then have a pretty tough middle of the year schedule end capped by two games against us. We need to split those, but most importantly we need to win that home game in week 6. If we can do that I think that will be the demoralizer that will hand us another NFC West crown.
Nice to see football feel like it has life again...