Additional 2012 NFC West schedule notes, from ESPN Stats & Information:
A Week 8 game against San Francisco means the Cardinals will have played the 49ers in each of their past three Monday night games (lost in 2010, won in 2008).
The Cardinals play one 2011 playoff team during Weeks 1-7, then three in a row from Weeks 8-11 (with a bye in Week 9).
San Francisco 49ers
The first three games are against NFC North teams.
They have one road game from Weeks 5-11.
They have five prime-time games, tied for most in the NFL and up from two last season.
The opener gives the 49ers a chance to break eight-game road losing streak to Green Bay, counting playoffs (they have not defeated the Packers on the road since 1990).
A six-game stretch from Weeks 3-8 features only two home games, both against elite quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady).
They play seven of their final eight games against teams that missed the playoffs in 2011.
St. Louis Rams
They play the 49ers twice in a four-week span from Weeks 10-13, then play three of their final four on the road.
The Rams have just seven games in the Edward Jones Dome, thanks to London trip.
We knew a couple of those already. I hadn't noticed when Arizona and Seattle were scheduled to play mostly or completely against teams failing to make the playoffs last season.