Looking ahead: Cardinals' 2011 opponents


Mike Reiss' item on the New England Patriots' 2011 opponents serves as a reminder that the NFL has provided information about its scheduling rotation beyond 2010.

The information is helpful for fans who travel to games or want to know when their favorite team might be coming to their market.

The chart breaks it down for the Arizona Cardinals. I'll cover schedules for the other NFC West teams separately.

The final row of the chart shows opponents based on how teams finish in the previous season's standings. NFC West teams are paired with NFC East and NFC North teams this season, meaning the NFC West champion Cardinals face the NFC East champs (Dallas Cowboys) and NFC North champs (Minnesota Vikings).

2010-2011 Opponents: Arizona Cardinals