The NFL on Tuesday announced the 2015 schedule and the Cardinals will play one of the toughest schedules -- in terms of their opponents' 2014 records. But how does just the home portion of the schedule stack up? From a fan's perspective, pretty good. Here are the eight games ranked:
1. Green Bay Packers (Dec. 27)
Like many Midwest teams, the Packers have a strong following in the Valley. And it's worthwhile anytime one of the game's greatest QBs swings through town -- even more so in Week 16 with all sorts of potential postseason implications.
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2. Seattle Seahawks (Jan. 3)
This game might be especially important to Carson Palmer, as he didn't play in either of last season's meetings with the Seahwaks. This matchup falls on the final day of the regular season, when -- like last year -- the NFC West still could be up for grabs.
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3. San Francisco 49ers (Sept. 27)
It won't be Jim Harbaugh leading the 49ers into the Valley, but San Francisco will have another familiar face in defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, who was waived by the Cardinals and signed with the 49ers this offseason.
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4. New Orleans Saints (Sept. 13)
The Saints traded away tight end Jimmy Graham -- a position the Cardinals had trouble defending in the past -- but Drew Brees is always game for a shootout. And the hoopla that surrounds the season opener only will add to the atmosphere.
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5. Minnesota Vikings (Dec. 10)
As of today, this matchup is all about Adrian Peterson. Can the usually stout Cardinals defense contain the all-world talent? Or, will this be Peterson in a Cardinals uniform playing against his former team? If that's case, this game likely moves up a spot or two on this list.
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6. Baltimore Ravens (Oct. 26)
Joe Flacco isn't that far removed from a Super Bowl title, and everyone will be watching this game. Not because of the particular matchup, but because it's on Monday Night Football. It will be only the third visit to Arizona for the Ravens, and their first since 2003.
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7. St Louis Rams (Oct. 4)
Assuming the Rams don't make a move during the draft, former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles will lead them against the Cardinals. Foles was acquired in a trade from Philadelphia this offseason.
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8. Cincinnati Bengals (Nov. 22)
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict didn't live up to his potential at Arizona State, but after he went undrafted he sure panned out with the Bengals. This will be his first game in Arizona since he was a Sun Devil. The Bengals have played in Arizona only twice, and not since 2003.