2017 NFL Schedule Breakdown and Analysis

For the NFL, the schedule is the lifeblood of the league. The schedule can make or break a team, and there is no doubt that it plays a role in determining who will make it to the playoffs and win their respective divisions. This season, as always, some teams drew the short straw while others got more help than they could have asked for. Here is a breakdown of each team’s schedule this season and how each team will fair if they stay healthy:

AFC East

New England Patriots

Their schedule is pretty easy with the exception of playing at Denver and Oakland in back-to-back weeks. They also have to play at Pittsburgh which could be problematic if Ben Roethlisberger can stay upright. But other than that, they should be able to run away with this division again.

Miami Dolphins

They get to play both games against New England at home, but other than that their schedule is pretty tough. They do get to play New Orleans and Tampa Bay at home which are two games they should win; however, their last four games are against Buffalo (away), New England (home), Kansas City (away) and Buffalo (home). If they can get through those last four weeks relatively unscathed, they should be able to

Here is my take on how each team will fair in the 2017 season. I look at all the teams and their schedule and matchup to see how they will do against each opponent.

1. Patriots – Tom Brady may be suspended, but that’s no big deal to them especially since they have Jimmy G backing him up. They also have a great offensive line and Rob Gronkowski who should be back after his injury. It will be hard for them to go undefeated this year due to their tough schedule, but I think they will still win most of their games.

2. Falcons – The Falcons made it to the Super Bowl last year due to an explosive offense lead by MVP Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, and Mohamed Sanu. Matt Ryan is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and he has weapons around him making him even more dangerous. If they can get some help on defense then I don’t see why they can’t make it back to the Super Bowl.

3. Steelers – The Steelers have a great offense with Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and Sammie Coates at WR along with Heath Miller at TE. Their defense is not as good

You are what your record says you are. – Bill Parcells

With the NFL schedule being released tonight, it is time to breakdown the schedules of all 32 teams and predict their records.

By Week 4 we will have a good idea who are the contenders and pretenders. Teams that start off hot can end up being pretenders, while teams that start off slow can become contenders.

AFC East:**

New England Patriots (13-3): The Patriots have a tough schedule this season, but they always play well at home and they have Tom Brady back under center. The addition of Brandin Cooks makes this offense even more dangerous.**

Miami Dolphins (8-8): The Dolphins have a better roster than their record suggests, with Jay Cutler replacing Ryan Tannehill for the season, I expect the offense to be better with him under center than Tannehill was last year. The defense should also be improved from last season with Lawrence Timmons replacing Kiko Alonso at linebacker and rookie Charles Harris coming in as an upgrade at defensive end over Mario Williams.**

Buffalo Bills (7-9): The Bills traded away Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby, but got Jordan Matthews and EJ Gaines in return. I am not sure if

The 2017 NFL schedule has been released and the regular season will begin at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of last season’s AFC divisional game that saw the Patriots erase a 21-point second half deficit to win 27-20.

The schedule makers did the Chiefs no favors. The team will be without quarterback Alex Smith (Chiefs traded him to Redskins) and running back Jamaal Charles (free agent), their two most productive offensive players from last season. Kansas City will also play one fewer home game than New England after having to travel to London for their Week 7 matchup against the Texans. But the biggest factor working against the Chiefs is likely to be fatigue. The team will have just four days of rest between playing on Thursday Night Football in Week 1 and traveling to New England on opening night in Week 1.

The NFL regular season ends December 31 with a blockbuster matchup between any two NFC East teams who are both still alive for a playoff spot. The Cowboys, Giants, Eagles and Redskins are competing with each other for three playoff spots, so it’s possible that all four teams could be fighting for playoff position when they play in Week 17.

Which game on this year’s

I love NFL football. I love it so much that I created a whole blog dedicated to the sport. Each year, since 2011, I create a detailed schedule analysis for every team in the NFL and then predict how many games each team will win. In three years, out of 168 total predictions, I have been correct on 156 of them (93%).

I started this process by creating a ranking system for each team and then used that ranking system to create a point spread for every game. After that it was just a matter of comparing each team’s schedule to their past wins and losses. This is not an exact science but it has proven to be very accurate. Below you will find the results of my analysis for the 2016 season.

Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions

Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

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Week 1

Sept. 7 at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m. ET

Week 2

Sept. 17 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET

Week 3

Sept. 24 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET

Week 4

Oct. 1 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET

Week 5

Oct. 8 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET

Week 6

Oct. 16 vs. Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN

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