2022 NFL Schedule Announced: Patriots prime time overkill, Cowboys’ bumpy start, Trey Lance’s easy ride


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The schedule has been released. Isn’t it fun? Can’t you feel the power? Are you feeling a little empty until the next 11 months are again the month of our scheduled launch?

Of course, this is all a bit silly, but it does provide more information to consider when sizing up the 2022 season, with nearly a third of the year remaining. Undoubtedly, there are coaches and generals who think they are doomed, and many of their rivals are on an easier journey than they should be. At this point, the cake is baked.

There are a few things that actually caught my attention as I started rescheduling. I’m concentrating on teams I think have a chance to compete, at least for a wildcard spot. Because otherwise, you have a much bigger problem to solve than your schedule and that would be a waste of space. Perhaps the Jaguar was completely hooked on a ridiculous road trip and played against a team that had won bye for four weeks in a row.

If so, having the nerves and cool-headedness and birth that pushed Urban Meyer into the NFL last year is probably all justified. But now I don’t have time for that. We are looking for significant areas of specific schedules or shortcomings that could eventually affect the most important games in January and February.

Here are some thoughts.

  • A trend for teams to play against all teams in a given division for 4 consecutive weeks. Baltimore will face the entire AFC East during the first four weeks of the season. Dallas goes through the entire NFC North in weeks 7-11, with a bye in the middle. In my opinion, this doesn’t happen very often, but it’s a feature in 2022.
  • Of the 12 teams that will make up to 5 appearances in prime time, I expect America to get tired of seeing Cowboys and Patriots soon. Not high in the off-season. Pats play Thanksgiving at the Vikings, and then again next Thursday (Bills) and next Monday night (Cardinals) and Sunday night (Raiders). Oh My God. excess.
  • Speaking of cowboys, someone checks out Mike McCarthy on Halloween. It can be rough early. They host Bucs and Bengals, go to Giants, host Washington, then travel to Rams and Eagles. The smell is 2-4. Not good.
  • The NFL, on the other hand, gave the 49ers a tray lance cushion. He comfortably spends his first year starting against the Bears, the Seahawks, and within his first six weeks also earns the Panthers and the Falcons.
  • The Titans recommend accumulating a lot of victories before going into Week 6. Because after that it gets rough. They host the Colts and move to Houston, then KC to host Denver, and Green Bay to host Cindy to Philadelphia. Moving into mid-December, I wonder if Malik Willis’s workload will start to increase.
  • After a tough early game against the Dolphins, Patriots, Bills and Bengals (Week 5), the Ravens face only three teams that made the playoffs in the FWIW a year ago. This includes the Steelers (with the exception of now Ben Roethlisberger) twice. The situation is very well prepared and after week 10 there are no other road games more than 2 hours by plane.
  • It remains to be seen when Deshaun Watson will make his regular-season debut and how long his suspension will be, but we can’t help but wonder if the 9-week breakup is some sort of sign. They will face Bengal on Monday night of the 8th week.
  • Bucs face the challenge at 10-14 weeks. They’re in Cleveland, home of the Saints, heading to San Francisco from Munich to face Seattle and fly back to say goodbye, then play hard all the time. Fly a short flight through a variety of time zones, and in two weeks you’re off to Arizona. It could be a big blow to an older team heading into the playoffs.
  • Interesting December/January for the chiefs. 3 straight road games – Bengals, Broncos, Texans – and they go to Las Vegas to host the Seahawks and the Broncos.



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