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AZ Cardinals Release Schedule For Upcoming NFL Season

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Here are some highlights of the Arizona Cardinals upcoming football season in the Phoenix area compliments of the communications staff for the proud NFL franchise:

SCHEDULE NOTES:

  • The 2017 season is the team’s 12th at University of Phoenix Stadium where the Cardinals have sold out all 114 games they have played there and have created one of the NFL’s best home-field advantages. Since the venue opened in 2006, AZ opponents have committed 147 false start penalties, the most in the NFL in that span. 
  • Week 7 features the Cards’ 1st-ever regular season game in England when they meet the Rams at London’s Twickenham Stadium. Arizona is the road team for the game that kicks off at 10 AM in AZ. The Cards played in the NFL’s 1st international regular season game when they beat San Fran in Mexico City in 2005; they also played the NFL’s 1st-ever game in England, a 1983 preseason game against Minnesota.
  • For the first time since 2010, the Cards open with consecutive road games. However, 4 of the season’s final 6 games are at University of Phoenix Stadium including 3 straight at home in weeks 12-14. The last time the Cards played home games in 3 straight weeks was 2011.
  • The home opener comes in a week 3 nationally-televised tilt against the Cowboys on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The other prime time game is also at home, a Thursday Night Football appearance in week 10 against Seattle available on NBC, NFL Network & Amazon.
  • The Jaguars and Titans will be facing the Cards for the first time at University of Phoenix Stadium; after that, all 32 NFL teams will have played at least once at the venue that opened in 2006.
  • The Cards face 5 playoff teams from a year ago (DAL, NYG, SEA, DET, HOU) including 3 that won 10+ games in 2016 (DAL, NYG, SEA).

Week 1 at Detroit: Arizona’s 7-game win streak vs. Detroit includes victories in the last 2 at Ford Field. It marks AZ’s 12th game against the Lions since ’02 re-alignment; among non-division opponents in that span only DEN & NE (13) will have more. Only other time Cards opened season at Ford Field was in 2003 when rookie WR Anquan Boldin had 217 receiving yards and 2 TDs in his NFL debut.  

Week 2 at Indy: The Cards play their first-ever game at Lucas Oil Stadium. It also marks Bruce Arians’ 1st contest there since he served as the Colts interim head coach & was named 2012 NFL Coach of the Year after leading them to a 9-3 mark & playoff berth that year.

Week 3 vs. Dallas: Cowboys & MNF come to town for the home opener. Cards have won the last 4 vs. Dallas including 3 straight in AZ. The game features young stars David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott, who last year finished 1-2 in the NFL, respectively, in yards from scrimmage.

Week 4 vs. San Francisco: Arizona closes the 1st quarter of the season with a home game vs. the 49ers and 1st-year head coach Kyle Shanahan. The Cards have won 4 straight against San Fran and 3 straight at home.

Week 5 at Philadelphia: The Cards meet the Eagles for the 6th time in the past 7 seasons and 121st time overall. AZ has won 4 of the last 5 including a 40-17 victory in 2015 when David Johnson became 1st player in team history to run for 180+ yards & 3 TDs.

Week 6 vs. Tampa Bay: Cards host the Bucs for the 2nd straight year after posting a 40-7 win in Week 2 last season. Tampa is led by former Cards personnel executive Jason Licht (GM) and former Arizona State head coach Dirk Koetter.

Week 7 at LA Rams in London: The Cards will play the Rams in London’s Twickenham Stadium. It marks Arizona’s 1st regular season game in England and their 1st international contest since 2005 in Mexico City. It is also 1 of 4 games the NFL will play in London in 2017.

Week 8 Bye: In the 10 weeks after the London game, Cards are east of Phoenix just twice (HOU & WAS). The stretch starts here with a bye.

Week 9 at San Fran: Cards visit Levi’s Stadium where they are looking for their 3rd straight win. AZ has swept SF each of the last 2 years.

Week 10 vs. Seattle: AZ opens the 2nd half of the season with a home game against the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. It marks the 5th straight year a Cards-Seahawks game will be featured in prime time.

Week 11 at Houston: Arizona makes just its 2nd regular season visit to Houston and 1st since 2005. It will be just the 4th all-time meeting between the Texans and Cards; Arizona has won the last 2 match-ups including a 27-24 victory in 2013. 

Week 12 vs. Jacksonville: The Jaguars make their inaugural visit to University of Phoenix Stadium and just their 2nd-ever trip to Arizona (2005). It will also be a homecoming for DT Calais Campbell, who signed with Jacksonville in the offseason after 9 years in AZ.

Week 13 vs. LA Rams: First-year head coach Sean McVay brings his Rams to the desert for the Cards penultimate division game of 2017.

Week 14 vs. Tennessee: AZ hosts the Titans for the 1st time at University of Phoenix Stadium; after this game all 32 teams will have played at the venue at least once. It marks just the 5th all-time meeting between the teams since the Titans moved to Tennessee in 1997.

Week 15 at Washington: Arizona has won the past 2 in the series including a 31-23 home victory last season. The Cards are looking for their 1st win in Washington since 1996 at RFK Stadium when Boomer Esiason amassed a club record 522 passing yards.

Week 16 vs. NY Giants: The Cards most-frequent all-time opponent, this will be the 127th meeting between the clubs. The road team has won the last 4 including a 25-14 AZ win in their most recent meeting in 2014. It also features the 2016 co-winners of Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in Eli Manning & Larry Fitzgerald who were selected 1st and 3rd overall in the 2004 Draft.

Week 17 at Seattle: The Cardinals close the regular season in Seattle where they are 3-1 under Bruce Arians and have won 2 in a row. Since 2013, AZ has as many wins in Seattle (3) as the rest of the NFL combined. Carson Palmer has a 3-0 record there as Cards starting QB. 

ARIZONA CARDINALS FOOTBALL CLUB 2017 SCHEDULE

Preseason

DATE                    OPPONENT                                     LOCATION                                                         SITE TIME      AZ TIME

Thu., Aug. 3          Dallas Cowboys (NBC)                     Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (HOF Game)     8:00 PM       5:00 PM     

Sat., Aug. 12         OAKLAND RAIDERS                       Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        7:00 PM       7:00 PM

Sat., Aug. 19         CHICAGO BEARS                           Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        7:00 PM       7:00 PM

Sat., Aug. 26         at Atlanta Falcons                             Mercedes-Benz Stadium                                          7:00 PM       4:00 PM

Thu., Aug. 31        at Denver Broncos                            Sports Authority Field at Mile High                           7:00 PM       6:00 PM

Regular Season

DATE                    OPPONENT                                     LOCATION                                                         SITE TIME      AZ TIME

Sun., Sep. 10        at Detroit Lions                                  Ford Field                                                                 1:00 PM     10:00 AM     

Sun., Sep. 17        at Indianapolis Colts                          Lucas Oil Stadium                                                    1:00 PM     10:00 AM

Mon., Sep. 25       DALLAS COWBOYS (MNF)            Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        5:30 PM       5:30 PM

Sun., Oct. 1           SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS               Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        1:05 PM       1:05 PM

Sun., Oct. 8           at Philadelphia Eagles *                    Lincoln Financial Field                                              1:00 PM     10:00 AM

Sun., Oct. 15         TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS *       Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        1:05 PM       1:05 PM

Sun., Oct. 22         at Los Angeles Rams                        Twickenham Stadium (London, England)                6:00 PM     10:00 AM

Sun., Oct. 29         BYE

Sun., Nov. 5          at San Francisco 49ers *                  Levi’s Stadium                                                          1:05 PM       2:05 PM

Thu., Nov. 9          SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (TNF)         Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        6:25 PM       6:25 PM

Sun., Nov. 19        at Houston Texans *                         NRG Stadium                                                                Noon     11:00 AM

Sun., Nov. 26        JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS *         Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        2:25 PM       2:25 PM

Sun., Dec. 3          LOS ANGELES RAMS *                  Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        2:25 PM       2:25 PM

Sun., Dec. 10        TENNESSEE TITANS *                   Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        2:05 PM       2:05 PM

Sun., Dec. 17        at Washington Redskins *                 FedEx Field                                                             1:00 PM     11:00 AM

Sun., Dec. 24        NEW YORK GIANTS                       Univ. of Phoenix Stadium                                        2:25 PM       2:25 PM

Sun., Dec. 31        at Seattle Seahawks *                       CenturyLink Field                                                     1:25 PM       2:25 PM

MNF - Monday Night Football on ESPN

TNF - Thursday Night Football on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime

* - Subject to flexible scheduling decisions

TICKETS: To inquire about Cardinals tickets or to reserve a spot on the team’s season ticket waiting list, please call (602) 379-0102 or visit www.azcardinals.com. The Cardinals have sold out all 114 games (preseason, regular season and postseason) at University of Phoenix Stadium since it opened in 2006.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

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