NFL Schedule Release

snowmanny

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On the other hand, if they divvy up/auction off/draft pick the schedule over one or two days and find a way to televise the process then everybody wins.
 

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Agree. The lions were a fun story last year, and I get that many feel they will be a playoff team this year. But that game should absolutely feature a playoff team/contender from last year. The Chiefs have plenty of them on the schedule.
Not sure how protections might work, but it's possible those games are locked in (just not announced) in other matchups. Everyone is gonna watch opening night anyway, so throw a fun second team on there.
 

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These are the Chiefs scheduled home opponents in 2023

Broncos
Raiders
Chargers
Bills
Bears
Bengals
Dolphins
Lions
Eagles

They aren't going to burn the Bills, Bengals or Eagles games week 1. They'll save those for sweeps weeks. Plus I'd imagine all 3 are high on the networks list with the new "every game is a FA" thing.

There are some storylines with the divisional opponents but IIRC they don't usually have the defending Super Bowl champ open with a divisional game. That leaves the Dolophins, Bears and Lions as the options. Miami probably would've been my choice, there's some spice there with the return of Tyreek as Mahomes raises another banner but sneaking the Lions in is OK. Up and coming team that put up a shitload of points. Could be fun. It's the first game of the year, people will watch regardelss.
 

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Guys on 98.5 speculating based on what’s already been “confirmed” for other matchups and the week 2 home opener that the Patriots will visit Pittsburgh in week 1.
Their biggest assumption there is that the league will give them back to back west coast games so they won’t be out west in week 1
 

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They aren't going to burn the Bills, Bengals or Eagles games week 1
They burned them last year with the Bills @ Rams. 2021 had Cowboys, always a big draw, @ Bucs. In 2020 they did have the Texans coming off an 11-5 season @ KC. And in 2019, they bumped the Pats in favor of GB @ Chicago to celebrate their 100th season.
 

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They burned them last year with the Bills @ Rams. 2021 had Cowboys, always a big draw, @ Bucs. In 2020 they did have the Texans coming off an 11-5 season @ KC. And in 2019, they bumped the Pats in favor of GB @ Chicago to celebrate their 100th season.
The Bills and Chiefs have been the consensus two best teams in the AFC the past two years (notwithstanding better on-field results for CIN than BUF). Agree with @cshea that the league won’t burn Bills-Chiefs Week 1.
 

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According to a lot of reporting Pats will be at home for 1st two games.

Philly
Miami
 

cshea

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They burned them last year with the Bills @ Rams. 2021 had Cowboys, always a big draw, @ Bucs. In 2020 they did have the Texans coming off an 11-5 season @ KC. And in 2019, they bumped the Pats in favor of GB @ Chicago to celebrate their 100th season.
I think if they put all the games up auction style to the networks, and perhaps that's what they are doing with this FA thing, Bills/Chiefs, Bengals/Chiefs and Eagles/Chiefs are 3 of the 5 most valuable games, perhaps even 1-2-3 in some order. I don't think they're in the same class as Bills/Rams last year or Bucs/Boys in 2021. The Chiefs games are all either rematches (SB and back to back AFCCG's) or a multi-year rivalry with Buffalo. Rams/Bills was just a good non-conference game among contenders. Bucs/Boys didn't have any recent history as they didn't play each other in Tampa's SB season.

They used put these big games as the season opener (Pats/Colts and Pats/Steelers after meeting in the playoffs a bunch during the Brady years) but I think they've moved away from it and figured out they should be saved for later.
 

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On the other hand, if they divvy up/auction off/draft pick the schedule over one or two days and find a way to televise the process then everybody wins.
"Houston-Denver.....September 30......going once......twice......three times.......SOLD.... to . . .Channel 109 in Melonville.....for 8 dollars and 12 cents......"
 

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NFL Network auction draft of Sunday 1 and 4pm games with fixed “budget” for bidding, how is this not being televised. And for owners that don’t like being the $1 bids, more pressure to step up and put winners or be more marketable. I smell big ratings here.
 

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NFC South got the easiest possible round-robin draw — the AFC South figures to be the weakest of the four AFC divisions, and the NFC North is the weakest of the other three NFC divisions.

With a soft schedule like that, someone might actually win 9-10 games.
 

j-man

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my 02 cents
Eagles Likely L but week 1 is the best time to play them
Mia a must win here a loss here might mean a 0-4 start
@ nyj rodgers sucks in the first 6 weeks
@ dal toss up u shouild be 2-2 after the first 4
u shouild be 5-5 at the bye
u will most likely go into to denver 7-7