NFL schedule makers were not messing around when they compiled the Arizona Cardinals’ 2022 slate.
Whether it’s games against familiar faces, a revamped AFC West or the usual divisional rivals, there’s a lot to take in.
So let’s simplify things.
Cardinals Corner co-hosts Tyler Drake and Erik Ruby took a look at each of the matchups on the schedule, giving their best take in — you guessed it — seven words or less.
Week 1 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Drake: Not a foregone conclusion like some think.
Ruby: Will overreact no matter the outcome.
Week 2 — at Las Vegas Raiders
Drake: Chandler Jones revenge game. Talk about Yikes.
Ruby: HIGH chance of 0-2.
Week 3 — vs. Los Angeles Rams
Drake: Can they erase last year’s optics early?
Ruby: The Kyler Murray mental-toughness test.
Week 4 — at Carolina Panthers
Drake: Kliff sending the “sorry” text this time.
Ruby: More worried than I should be.
Week 5 — vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Drake: Strong possibility for back-to-back Ws.
Ruby: Could be turning point if struggling.
Week 6 — at Seattle Seahawks
Drake: Things tend to get weird in Seattle.
Ruby: There will be a safety.
Week 7 — vs. New Orleans Saints (Thursday Night Football)
Drake: DeAndre Hopkins makes his return on primetime.
Ruby: Will overreact no matter what pt. 2.
Week 8 — at Minnesota Vikings
Drake: Extra time to prep. Can’t be flat.
Ruby: The real Hop test.
Week 9 — vs. Seattle Seahawks
Drake: Can’t let this winnable game slip by.
Ruby: Chance to build momentum.
Week 10 — at Los Angeles Rams
Drake: Must put Wild Card in the rearview.
Ruby: Should be in a groove by here.
Week 11 — vs. San Francisco 49ers (Monday Night Football in Mexico City)
Drake: International primetime game in division. Buckle up.
Ruby: Feeling a high-scoring duel in Mexico.
Week 12 — vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Drake: The third musketeer of AFC West gauntlet.
Ruby: Insane talent on both sides if healthy.
Week 13 — Bye Week
Drake: “Treat yo’ self” before final push.
Ruby: Hope they don’t fall out of rhythm.
Week 14 — vs. New England Patriots (Monday Night Football)
Drake: Round 2 between master and apprentice.
Ruby: Cole Strange masterclass incoming.
Week 15 — at Denver Broncos
Drake: New division, same Russell Wilson?
Ruby: Potential heartbreaker.
Week 16 — vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday Night Football on Christmas)
Drake: Is coal part of Tom Brady’s diet?
Ruby: When the national media form their opinions.
Week 17 — at Atlanta Falcons
Drake: No Calvin Ridley, no problem.
Ruby: Beat them. Simple as that.
Week 18 — at San Francisco 49ers
Drake: Trey Lance time in the Bay Area?
Ruby: Still not used to Week 18, weird.