BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals have released their 2016 preseason schedule, and it includes some familiar preseason foes, and a new one, whom they’ll face on national television.
For the third straight season, the Cardinals will open the preseason at home, when they face the Oakland Raiders. It’ll be the first time the Raiders will have visited University of Phoenix Stadium since 2012 (31-27 loss to Cardinals in Week 2 of preseason).
Arizona will travel to San Diego in Week 2 to take on the Chargers. It’ll be the 23rd time the Cardinals and Chargers will have met in the preseason, and the fourth straight year they’ll play each other in the preseason.
The Cardinals stay away from University of Phoenix Stadium yet again in Week 3, as they’ll travel to Houston to take on the Texans at NRG Stadium, site of Super Bowl LI. The game will be shown nationally on FOX on August 28 at 1:00 p.m. (MST). It will be Arizona’s first ever visit to Houston in the preseason, and just the second visit overall after playing there in the regular season in 2005 (30-19 loss at-then Reliant Stadium).
Arizona wraps the preseason by hosting the Denver Broncos in Week 4. It’ll be the 11th time in the past 13 seasons where these two teams will have met in the preseason finale.
The Cardinals will release the 2016 regular season schedule later this month. The home portion of their schedule includes games against the Patriots, Jets, Redskins, Saints and Buccaneers, along with their normal divisional games against the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers.
For ticket information, call 602-379-0102 or visit the Cardinals website www.azcardinals.com. The Cardinals have sold out all 104 games played (both preseason and postseason) at University of Phoenix Stadium, since it opened in 2006.
CARDINALS 2016 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Preseason Week 1 (August 11-15) *
Oakland at Arizona (University of Phoenix Stadium)
Preseason Week 2 (August 18-22) *
Arizona at San Diego (Qualcomm Stadium)
Sunday, August 28 at 1:00 PM (MST) on FOX
Arizona at Houston (NRG Stadium)
Preseason Week 4 (September 1-2) *
Denver at Arizona (University of Phoenix Stadium)
* Specific date and time TBD