NFL schedulers didn’t mess around when compiling the 2022 Arizona Cardinals roster.
Whether it’s matches against familiar faces, a revamped AFC West, or the usual divisional rivals, there’s plenty to experience.
So let’s simplify things.
Cardinals Corner co-hosts Tyler Drake and Erik Ruby looked at each of the matchups on the schedule and did their best — you guessed it — seven words or fewer.
Week 1 – vs. the Kansas City Chiefs
Drake: Not a foregone conclusion as some might think.
Ruby: Will overreact regardless of outcome.
Week 2 – at the Las Vegas Raiders
Drake: Chandler Jones Revenge Game. Talk about yikes.
Ruby: HIGH chance of 0-2.
Week 3 – against the Los Angeles Rams
Drake: Can they early delete last year’s optics?
Ruby: The Mental Toughness Test by Kyler Murray.
Week 4 – at the Carolina Panthers
Drake: Cliff’s sending them “Sorry” text this time.
Ruby: More worried than I should be.
Week 5 – vs Philadelphia Eagles
Drake: Strong probability for consecutive Ws.
Ruby: Could be a turning point if there are problems.
Week 6 – at the Seattle Seahawks
Drake: Things tend to get weird in Seattle.
Ruby: There will be a certainty.
Week 7 – vs. New Orleans Saints (Thursday Night Football)
Drake: DeAndre Hopkins returns to prime time.
Ruby: Will overreact no matter what the point. 2.
Week 8 – at the Minnesota Vikings
Drake: Extra prep time. Can’t be flat.
Ruby: The Real Hop Test.
Week 9 – vs. Seattle Seahawks
Drake: Can’t pass up this winnable game.
Ruby: Chance to build momentum.
Week 10 – at the Los Angeles Rams
Drake: Must put wild card in back view.
Ruby: Should be in a groove here.
Week 11 – vs. San Francisco 49ers (Monday Night Soccer in Mexico City)
Drake: International Primetime Game in Division. Buckle up.
Ruby: Feel a high-scoring duel in Mexico.
Week 12 – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Drake: The third Musketeer of the AFC West Gauntlet.
Ruby: Insane talent on both sides when he’s healthy.
Week 13 – Bye week
Drake: “Treat yourself” before the last jab.
Ruby: I hope they don’t lose their rhythm.
Week 14 – vs. New England Patriots (Monday Night Football)
Drake: Round 2 between Master and Apprentice.
Ruby: Cole Strange master class is coming.
Week 15 – at Denver Broncos
Drake: New division, same Russell Wilson?
Ruby: Potential heartthrob.
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 make up their minds.
Week 17 – at the Atlanta Falcons
Drake: No Calvin Ridley, no problem.
Ruby: Hit her. As simple as that.
Week 18 – at the San Francisco 49ers
Drake: Time with Trey Lance in the Bay Area?
Ruby: Still not used to week 18, weird.