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First half of Cardinals' schedule not friendly for torrid start

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Since the NFL’s schedule makers did the Arizona Cardinals no favors in the first half of the season, I don’t see them starting the year 7-1, even with an influx of youth and leadership in the locker room.

The Cardinals’ first four road games, including their trip to London, will kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, which is 10 a.m. in Arizona. That’s just brutal, especially for a team with a 37-year-old quarterback and a starting wide receiver who’ll be 34 when the season starts.

On top of all that, each of the Cards’ first four road trips require long flights and at least a three-hour time change. That’s tough on the bodies of anybody, football players alike. And if back-to-back road trips to start the season wasn’t enough, Arizona returns home to face Dallas on Monday night in its home opener.

I think 5-3 in the first eight games is more realistic. But, who knows, the Cards could start 7-1 or 8-0, or 2-6. But the schedule won’t help their cause.