The Cardinals will be playing in primetime in 2022 as a result of their challenging schedule this year.
On Christmas Eve, the squad will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady in a “Sunday Night Football” game on NBC, the most high-profile of the four appearances.
There are two more games scheduled for Arizona: a Thursday Night Football matchup with the New Orleans Saints (on Amazon Prime) on Oct. 20 and a Monday Night Football matchup with the New England Patriots (ESPN). On top of that, there will be a Nov. 21 game versus the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico City, which was already confirmed.
There have been four primetime appearances since 2016 when there were also four: two Sunday night games (losing to the Patriots, tying with Seattle), one Monday night (victory over the Jets), and a Thursday night (tie with the Packers) (win at San Francisco.)
Sept. 11 CHIEFS at CARDINALS 1:25 p.m. (CBS)
Did you know that Patrick Mahomes was coached by Kliff Kingsbury in college? It’s time to move out of the cave you’ve been living in for the past several years. In addition to the obvious comparison between Mahomes’ and Murray’s performances, the Kingsbury-Mahomes link will provide for an interesting tale. This is a great way to start the season off.
Sept. 18 CARDINALS at RAIDERS 1:25 p.m. (CBS)
It’s a given that Chandler Jones will face his old team in this game’s major plot. There was a lot of speculation in the 2021 season about whether or not Jones would leave for Vegas, but in the end, he did. His battle with D.J. Humphries and/or Kelvin Beachum, as well as his outcomes in chasing Kyler Murray, will be fascinating to watch.
Sept. 25 RAMS at CARDINALS 1:25 p.m. (FOX)
They are one of those clubs that, although not part of the NFC West, always find a way to play the Cardinals. In 2020, the Cardinals saw Teddy Bridgewater (a loss on the road) and then the duo of Cam Newton and P.J. Walker as Carolina’s starting quarterbacks for a third straight season. This year, Sam Darnold appears to be the frontrunner.
Oct. 2 CARDINALS at PANTHERS 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
Although they don’t play in an NFC West division (the Panthers are one of those teams), they always find their way onto the Cardinals’ schedule. After Teddy Bridgewater (a loss on the road) and Cam Newton (and P.J. Walker) in 2020, the Cardinals are likely to face another new starter for Carolina in 2019. There is a strong preference for Sam Darnold as the future quarterback.
Oct. 9 EAGLES at CARDINALS 1:25 p.m. (FOX)
Jalen Hurts’ development will be aided by the addition of A.J. Brown, a Pro Bowl wide receiver, in a draft-day deal by the Eagles. Kyler Murray staged a late-season victory over Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020.
Oct. 16 CARDINALS at SEAHAWKS 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
Despite their struggles at home against the Seahawks, the Cardinals have performed admirably in Seattle. They won last year with Colt McCoy instead of Kyler Murray, who was injured. After Murray was injured, they won there with Brett Hundley, Drew Stanton, and Carson Palmer (and almost won with Josh Rosen and a very bad offense.) Because of how good the Seahawks are at home, it’s been a nice place for a decade or two.
Oct. 20 SAINTS at CARDINALS 5:15 p.m. (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO)
Drew Brees and Larry Fitzgerald were the main attractions when the Saints last played at State Farm Stadium. Canton has a waiting list for those two. DeAndre Hopkins is eligible to play after serving a one-game suspension, so that’s a plus.
The Saints’ offense will be led by Jameis Winston. Safety For the first time since he left Arizona, Tyrann Mathieu will have the opportunity to play against his former team in a regular-season game, which will be broadcast on Amazon’s new Prime Video streaming service on Thursday night.
Oct. 30 CARDINALS at VIKINGS 10 a.m. (FOX)
Minnesotan Patrick Peterson has not yet returned to his home state. So Jordan Hicks has joined the cast. To avoid a conclusion like the one in 2021, when the Vikings visited Arizona and missed the last field goal as the Cardinals won their home opener, 34-33, the Vikings will work hard to avoid the same outcome.
Rondale Moore had one of the better games of his rookie season in this one. The Vikings have a leg up on their rivals with a great stadium in their backyard.