Arizona Cardinals Grab Preseason Spotlight
The 2014 NFL season has taken it’s first steps with the release of its Pre-season schedule. For several years the Arizona Cardinals have grown accustomed to facing two to three teams out of the AFC West every Pre-season. However, this season has a few surprises in store for the Cardinals. Arizona will get a plethora of new competition, as they’ll kick off the new year with a home game against the Houston Texans. In weeks two and four, they’ll travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings (outdoors) and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. But the real surprise is their week three match-up with Cincinnati. The Cardinals and Bengals will be featured together on NBC for their August 24th show down in the desert.
What is really interesting about this game is the many story-lines tied to what is otherwise a truly meaningless contest. Despite the fact that the Cardinals are getting some early TV exposure, it also marks Cincinnati’s first trip to the University Of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The Bengals haven’t been to Arizona since November 2nd of 2003, when they were defeated by the Cardinals (17-14) at Sun Devil Stadium.
The long overdue visit has gotten a little love from the network, and it’s probably because Arizona’s Quarterback is Carson Palmer. Palmer used to be the long-time franchise QB for the Bengals until he was traded in 2012 to the Oakland Raiders. It is also quite possible that Arizona was given a national game because it’s the host site of Super Bowl XLIX. Either way, it will be a fresh new match-up that Cardinal fans around the valley can enjoy attending, as the teams prep for the 2014 Season.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor Stephn Baldetti @StephnBdettiSK