The Arizona Cardinals will not have a straightforward road to the playoffs in 2015 because they face the 5th most toughest schedule. The Cardinals play 3 games in prime time as they will host the Baltimore Ravens on ESPN’s Monday Night Football; go to Seattle on NBC’s Sunday Night Football and host the Minnesota Vikings in a Thursday night game on NFL Network. A fast start is vital for the Arizona Cardinals because they have a difficult three-game stretch against Eagles, Packers and Seahawks.
With the Arizona Cardinals having the 5th most difficult in the NFL nonetheless it could be worse. Arizona has 3 of their first 4 games at home so they really need to get off to a good start and go 3-1 because they host New Orleans, San Francisco and St Louis and visit Chicago.
The bye comes at a good time in Week 8 and the Arizona Cardinals do play a few of the winter teams like Chicago, Pittsburgh and Cleveland early in the season instead of in the month of December. The Cardinals have just one tough winter game because they visit Philadelphia in late December. And five of the final seven games for the Cardinals are indoors including three of their last four at home.
2015 Arizona Cardinals Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, New Orleans, 4:05 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, at Chicago, 1:00 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, St. Louis, 4:25 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, at Detroit, 4:05 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18, at Pittsburgh, 1:00 p.m.
Week 7: Monday, Oct. 26, Baltimore, 8:30 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, at Cleveland, 1:00 p.m.
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. Louis, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Thursday, Dec. 10, Minnesota, 8:25 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 20, at Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
2015 Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl Odds: 25-1