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How Cardinals’ players are apt to look at their 2024 schedule, according to JJ Watt

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By: Walter Mitchell

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This year the Cardinals’ players are apt to feel very favorably about the team’s schedule

Yesterday, hours before the NFL unveiled its 2024 schedule, former Cardinal JJ Watt tweeted out what players immediately look for when they see the schedule.

Arizona Cardinals 2024 Schedule:


Which of JJ Watt’s criteria, will the players see as a + or a -?

First Game:

ARI @ BUF —- 1 PM ET

  • Playing the Bills in early September —- instead of after Thanksgiving —- is a cause for thanks.
  • The Bills did a good deal of roster cleaning this off-season, most notably by trading away WR Stefon Diggs, and moving on from their once outstanding safety tandem of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde.
  • Here is ESPN+’s Mike Clay’s Offensive Projection for the 2024 Buffalo Bills:

  • Heading into the season Mike Clay has the Bills offense ranked #11 and their defense ranked #18. As for the Cardinals, he has the offense ranked as #25 and the defense ranked as #32. The Cardinals coaches and players could have something to say about that, Mike Clay!
  • What might give the Cardinals a boost of confidence going into the western part of New York was the impressive way in which the 2023 team swept the Steelers and Eagles in Pennsylvania.

Players’ Impression of Week 1 Game at BUF: + or – ?


Bye Week:

Week 11

  • After 2 straight home games vs. CHI and NYJ
  • Before two straight away games @ SEA and MIN
  • A Week 11 BYE this season is more favorable than Week 14 BYE.

Players’ Impression of Week 11 BYE: + or – ?

Thursday Night Game:

  • None

Players’ Impression of no TNF Game: + or – ?

Any other games that may disrupt routine/recovery (International, MNF, etc)

  • No games on holidays
  • No international games
  • One MNF game at home vs. LAC at 6 pm Arizona Time on October 21st

Players’ Impression of Disrupt the Routine Games: + or – ?

Possible weather games (Buffalo in December, Miami in Sept, etc)

  • 9 of 17 games are in domed stadiums
  • Sept. road games: BUF (ideal)
  • Oct. road games: SF, GB, MIA (ideal)
  • Nov. road games: SEA (ideal)
  • Dec. road games: MIN, CAR, LAR (CAR possibly)

Players’ Impression of Possible Weather Games: + or – ?

Reading on the Watt Meter:

  • 5/5 +
  • With regard to the check-list points of 2024 schedule, the Cardinals’ players score a rare sweep of + signs.

Originally posted on Revenge Of The Birds