2011 NFL Schedule Arizona Cardinals
- Schedule Takes It Easy On Lowly Cardinals - Even 2011 Kentucky Derby betting players have been keeping an eye on the NFL lockout situation, as it’s officially over, but the litigation battles have just begun and we still don’t know there will actually be a season. However, the 2011 NFL schedule has been released, and the creators have given Arizona a break as the Cardinals have the easiest slate in the league. Whether they’ll able to navigate it without that much talent, remains to be seen.
The Cardinals will open the season at home against Carolina, who should have No.1 overall pick Cam Newton on the field, then Arizona will head to Washington and Seattle for road NFL Picks games. A win over the Seahawks, who won the NFC West last season, would be good for the confidence of the Cardinals, who then return home to face the New York Giants. Arizona will travel to Minnesota for a meeting with the Vikings before a Week 6 bye, which will give them a chance to refocus and figure out what they need to do for the rest of the season. If the Diamondbacks (MLB) and Suns (NBA) are struggling, and if NHL news and rumors are correct, the Cardinals could be the only show in town and they need to take advantage of that.
Arizona kicks of the rest of their 2011 NFL schedule with a tough back-to-back against the AFC North as they host Pittsburgh before travelling to Baltimore. Business continues to pick up when they host NFC West rival St. Louis, then the Cardinals head out on a three-game road trip that will likely make or break their season as they will face Philadelphia, San Francisco and St. Louis on the road, and the later two games are especially important as they’re division rivals. Following that, they get three straight games at home against Dallas, San Francisco and Cleveland, before the Cardinals close out the regular season at Cincinnati, and then at home against the Seahawks.
This is a pivotal season for coach Ken Whisenhunt, and you have to think if the Cardinals don’t finish .500, he’ll be out of a job. He has one of the top NFL picks in cornerback Patrick Peterson, and arguably the most talented wideout in the NFL in Larry Fitzgerald. It’ll be interesting to see how the Cardinals upgrade the quarterback position because let’s be honest, Derek Anderson isn’t going to cut the mustard. A .500 record would likely win the division after Seattle took the crown last year with a 7-9 mark and remember, they staged a massive upset against New Orleans in the wild-card round. They know all too well that once you make the playoffs, anything can happen as Arizona went to the Super Bowl in 2008 with a 9-7 mark and came within a few wild plays of winning it all. If the Cardinals can improve their quarterback situation (Donovan McNabb? Kevin Kolb? Vince Young? David Garrard?), Arizona could be a sports betting sleeper when the season starts.
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