The NFL Schedules Are Finally Out: A blog sharing how the NFL schedules are done every year and why there is such a big hype every season.
I was just looking at Twitter a few days ago and I saw people talking about it, so I thought it was time to write a blog post about it. The NFL schedules are finally out, so now we know when every team plays each other throughout the season.
So as you may know by now, I am a huge fan of the NFL and have been for most of my life. So I wanted to give you some insight into what goes on behind the scenes and why there is such a big hype every season.
And for those of you that have never heard of this before (I’m sure there are plenty), here’s how it works: The league office puts together a schedule for each team that includes all 16 regular season contests, as well as four preseason games (two home/two away) – which means that each team has 20 total games played during their regular season schedule.”
The National Football League season is the most heavily anticipated season in America. Fans across the nation wait in anticipation for their favorite teams to play and win. But how are the matchups determined and how does it all work?
The NFL schedules are done every year around this time, but this year seems to be different. There has been much hype about the possibility of a strike and there have been several meetings between players and owners.
But what does this mean for the fans? The answer is simple: nothing. The NFL will still go on as planned. If there is a strike, however, it could affect the Super Bowl because it is played in February and no one knows what will happen in February yet.
In addition to that, there has also been talk about moving up kickoff times from Sunday afternoons to Saturday nights. This would allow more people who work during the day to watch games while they are not working themselves so they can watch games on television instead of having to take time off from work just because they want to see their favorite team play football.
The NFL has finally released the schedule for the 2018 season. The official schedule will be posted on the league’s website later tonight, but it has been announced that all 32 teams have now begun their regular-season schedules.
The NFL’s schedule release is a big deal for fans, especially because it is usually the first time in a week when they find out which day their team will play.
It is also important to note that there are 32 teams in the NFL, and each team plays 16 games during the regular season. The schedule for each game is determined by several factors, including scheduling conflicts, and each team plays eight home games and eight road games.
The NFL does not have a single regular-season schedule; instead, teams will play different opponents in different locations at different times of year.
The NFL schedule was released last night, and this year’s slate of games is a little more compelling than usual. There are plenty of teams looking to make the leap from good to great, a few who could go the other way, and many that will probably remain somewhere in between.
We’ve ranked each team’s strength of schedule from 1-32 by combining their opponents’ win percentage from last season with their projected win total for this season. But first, let’s take a look at the top five hardest and easiest schedules this season.
1. Washington Redskins
2. Green Bay Packers
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Baltimore Ravens
1. Miami Dolphins
2. Oakland Raiders
3. New York Jets
4. Chicago Bears
5. Dallas Cowboys
The NFL schedule is out, and the first thing we go to is finding which teams play on Thanksgiving. After that, we start looking at the primetime games. Then, you get your own team’s schedule, and go down and see when they play the division rivals, who they start off with, and so on. And then you look at their bye week.
The bye week is something that seems like it should be a random thing, just thrown in there. But it isn’t; there’s a lot of thought put into it. We don’t know how much thought the league puts into it; what we do know is how much thought the teams put into it.
A few years ago I talked to some coaches about this. It took them about 3 seconds to answer: “You want your bye week before your bye week.” They had no idea why I laughed at this answer; they all said almost exactly the same thing, in almost exactly the same way. They weren’t joking around with me about it; they honestly could not understand why anyone would have any reason to have their bye week later in the season.
The NFL schedule is out! And it’s time to take a look at the quirks of this year’s schedule.
The NFL scheduling process is very complicated. It has to be, because there are so many teams and so many games and so many preferences that have to be considered. But the basic idea behind it is fairly simple: a team plays each of its three division opponents twice (once home and once away), four other teams from its own conference once each at home and once each away, and four teams from the other conference once each (two home and two away).
At first glance that looks like an eight-game schedule, but remember that in a 16-game season, eight of them are “against” a specific team, not against a particular slot. So you can get situations where the same team is playing against the same opponent for two consecutive weeks, or on Monday night one week and Sunday night the next. The NFL tries to limit those instances with scheduling quirks, but they can still happen.
The NFL schedule was released this week, and if you’re a football fan, I’m sure it was the highlight of your week! (That’s a joke. It’s so early in the off-season that we are still in the “highlight of your week” phase.)
I went ahead and made a rough spreadsheet to analyze the schedule. I’m not going to do anything like predict win/loss records or who has the hardest/easiest schedules, because as I say every year: The NFL is too unpredictable to do that. And frankly, if you are here for that type of analysis, I’m not sure why you would come here.
But there is plenty of other interesting stuff we can look at from a scheduling standpoint, so let’s get to it.