Apr 18, 2013 9:02 PM
Tempe - The Arizona Cardinals today announced the team's 2013 regular season schedule. Below are some key highlights followed by a week-by-week breakdown:
• The Cardinals host the Seahawks in a nationally-televised Thursday night game on NFL Network on October 17 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
• The schedule includes seven games against teams that made the playoffs a year ago and four against 2012 division winners. Arizona will face both participants in last year's NFC Championship Game (Atlanta & San Francisco) and play a total of seven games against teams that won at least 11 games in 2012.
• The team's home opener is in week 2 against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium where the Cardinals have sold out all 73 games played since the venue opened in 2006.
• The Cardinals are scheduled to face at least five QBs selected with the #1 overall pick in the draft: STL Sam Bradford (2010); CAR Cam Newton (2011); IND Andrew Luck (2012); DET Matt Stafford (2009) & PHI Michael Vick (2001).
• First-year head coach Bruce Arians will play twice against rookie head coaches: Jacksonville's Gus Bradley and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly.
Week 1 at St. Louis: Bruce Arians makes his regular season debut with a road game against division foe; Cards have won 7 of the last 8 in St. Louis.
Week 2 vs. Detroit: In home opener Cards will face Lions team they defeated 38-10 last season; Arizona looking for 6th straight home win over Detroit whose last win in AZ was 1993.
Week 3 at New Orleans: Cards play first game in New Orleans since 2009 Divisional Playoff; Arizona leads the all-time series 14-13.
Week 4 at Tampa Bay: Arizona returns to Raymond James Stadium for first time since facing Steelers there in Super Bowl XLIII; looks to even all-time series with Bucs at nine games a side.
Week 5 vs. Carolina: Cam Newton and Panthers come to University of Phoenix Stadium looking to avenge loss in week 1 of 2011; will mark 11th time in last 13 regular seasons that the two clubs have met.
Week 6 at San Francisco: Cards make their final regular season visit to Candlestick Park which moves into new stadium in Santa Clara in '14; Arizona looking for first win in San Francisco since 2008.
Week 7 vs. Seattle: In a prime time Thursday night tilt on NFL Network the Cards face NFC West rival Seattle; marks just the 2nd Thursday night home game in team history (11/30/95 vs. Giants was the other).
Week 8 vs. Atlanta: Matt Ryan and the Falcons make their first visit to AZ since losing in the 2008 Wild Card Game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Cards lead the all-time series 15-12 and the home team has won the last six.
Week 9 BYE: Open date comes exactly in the middle of season with eight games down and eight to go.
Week 10 vs. Houston: The defending AFC South champs come to town for just the 2nd time ever; Cards won in their only other visit by 28-21 score in 2009 thanks to a goal-line stand from the 1-yard line inside the game's final minute.
Week 11 at Jacksonville: In the 4th all-time meeting between the clubs, Arizona plays in Jacksonville for the first time since a 31-17 win in 2009.
Week 12 vs. Indianapolis: Bruce Arians faces the team with whom he earned coach of the year honors in 2012 as interim head coach for 12 games; Andrew Luck leads Indy team looking for 5th straight win in the series.
Week 13 at Philadelphia: Arizona faces Philly for 3rd straight season and 118th time overall (Cards lead series 57-55-5); in 5 career games vs. the Eagles, WR Larry Fitzgerald has nine TDs and has averaged 114 receiving yards per contest.
Week 14 vs. St. Louis: Arizona closes the season series with the Rams; the game is the first of three division games the Cards will play over the season's final four weeks.
Week 15 at Tennessee: The Cardinals will be looking for their first-ever win in Tennessee; only other regular-season visit saw them lose 20-17 on last-second TD in 2009. It will be their 10th all-time meeting and Cards lead the series 5-4.
Week 16 at Seattle: Three days before Christmas, the Cardinals head to the Pacific Northwest for a divisional match-up with the Seahawks.
Week 17 vs. San Francisco: Cards close at home vs. 49ers as the NFL's week 17 slate is again composed entirely of divisional match-ups; it will be the second straight season the two clubs meet in the regular season finale.
ARIZONA CARDINALS FOOTBALL CLUB 2013 SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION SITE TIME AZ TIME
Fri., Aug. 9 at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 7:00 PM 5:00 PM
Sat., Aug. 17 DALLAS COWBOYS Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 1:30 PM 1:30 PM
Sat., Aug. 24 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
Thu., Aug. 29 at Denver Broncos Sports Authority Field at Mile High 7:00 PM 6:00 PM
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION SITE TIME AZ TIME
Sun., Sep. 8 at St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome 3:25 PM 1:25 PM
Sun., Sep. 15 DETROIT LIONS Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 1:05 PM 1:05 PM
Sun., Sep. 22 at New Orleans Saints Mercedes-Benz Superdome Noon 10:00 AM
Sun., Sep. 29 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium 1:00 PM 10:00 AM
Sun., Oct. 6 CAROLINA PANTHERS Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 1:05 PM 1:05 PM
Sun., Oct. 13 at San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 1:25 PM 1:25 PM
Thu., Oct. 17 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (NFLN) Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 5:25 PM 5:25 PM
Sun., Oct. 27 ATLANTA FALCONS Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 1:25 PM 1:25 PM
Sun., Nov. 3 BYE
Sun., Nov. 10 HOUSTON TEXANS Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 2:25 PM 2:25 PM
Sun., Nov. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars * EverBank Field 1:00 PM 11:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 24 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS * Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 2:05 PM 2:05 PM
Sun., Dec. 1 at Philadelphia Eagles * Lincoln Financial Field 1:00 PM 11:00 AM
Sun., Dec. 8 ST. LOUIS RAMS * Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 2:25 PM 2:25 PM
Sun., Dec. 15 at Tennessee Titans * LP Field Noon 11:00 AM
Sun., Dec. 22 at Seattle Seahawks * CenturyLink Field 1:05 PM 2:05 PM
Sun., Dec. 29 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS * Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 2:25 PM 2:25 PM
* Subject to flexible scheduling decisions
TICKETS: To inquire about Cardinals tickets, please call (602) 379-0102 or visit www.azcardinals.com. The Cardinals have sold out all 73 games (preseason, regular season and postseason) at University of Phoenix Stadium since it opened in 2006.
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: In 2013, the NFL will play its eighth season under its flexible scheduling format, which provides the best match-ups to fans across the nation for the final seven Sunday night games on NBC (weeks 11-17). Twelve days before each game - or as few as six days in week 17 - the league will announce its Sunday night games.