Thursday evening the Arizona Cardinals were given their official 2016 road map back to the NFC Championship game and perhaps one step beyond to Houston for Super Bowl LI.
The schedule features four primetime games, three of them at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and open hosting Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football September 11th.
Arizona will host five of their first eight opponents before entering a well-placed Week 9 bye.
Their other primetime games are at San Francisco October 6th, followed by back-to-back home games against the Jets (October 17th) and rival Seattle Seahawks (October 23rd).
The Bird Gang will get an NFC title game rematch against the Panthers in Charlotte October 30th and finish the regular season on the road with a pair of divisional match-ups against the Seahawks and Rams.
Here is a look at the week-by-week breakdown.
September 11 vs. New England Patriots
September 18 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
September 25 at Buffalo Bills
October 2 vs. Los Angeles Rams
October 6 at San Francisco 49ers
October 17 vs. New York Jets
October 23 vs. Seattle Seahawks
October 30 at Carolina Panthers
November 13 vs. San Francisco 49ers
November 20 at Minnesota Vikings
November 27 at Atlanta Falcons
December 4 vs. Washington Redskins
December 11 at Miami Dolphins
December 18 vs. New Orleans Saints
December 24 at Seattle Seahawks
January 1 at Los Angeles Rams
The defending NFC West Champions finished the 2015 regular season 13-3 which included a late-season, nine-game win streak.
Many believe Bruce Arians’ team could be poised to repeat the same success this fall.