The Bears have been hit by a bizarre NFL scheduling scam the team hasn’t seen in 58 years, plus 10 other schedule oddities

The Bears have been hit by a bizarre NFL scheduling scam the team hasn’t seen in 58 years, plus 10 other schedule oddities

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There are always some crazy quirks when it comes to the NFL schedule, and this year is no different. The only weird thing about quirks is that not all are created equal. Some teams will be happy about the quirks in their schedule, while many other teams aren’t so thrilled with the quirks they get from the league office.

So who has the craziest quirks? That’s a great question, so let’s find out.

Here are 11 of the weirdest quirks in the 2022 NFL schedule.

  • Bears will spend December at home. The Bears have a particularly unique scheduling quirk: They don’t play ONE street game in December that marks the This is the first time this has happened to the Bears since 1964. The Bears play a home game against the Packers in week 13 (December 4). They have a reunion in week 14 (December 11) and then a home game in weeks 15 (December 18) and 16 (December 24). Although they play a street game in week 17, that game falls on January 1st, meaning they have ZERO street games in December.
  • Chiefs handed killer opening plan. With their 2022 schedule, the Chiefs will become the first team in NFL history to open an eight-straight game season against teams that finished over .500 the previous season (Via Elias sports office). The track begins in week 1 when they travel to Arizona and then continues through week 9. Here’s a look at their brutal eight-game opening bout: At Cardinals, Chargers, at Colts, at Buccaneers, Raiders, Bills, 49ers, bye, Titans.
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  • Jets and Ravens with whimsical start according to plan. The Jets begin the season by playing every team in the AFC North for the first four weeks mark the first time Since the 1970 merger, the Jets have played four straight games against the same division at any point in a season. On the Ravens side, they start the season with four straight games against the AFC East, which is the first time they open the season against four teams from the same division.
  • Commanders go back to back. The Commanders have a very special quirk in their schedule: they’ll be going back-to-back against the Giants starting in week 13. After touring New York this week, the Commanders have a Week 14 bye before hosting the Giants in Week 15. This is only the second time since 1991 that an NFL team has played the same opponent back-to-back in the regular season. That being said, the NFL is obviously more comfortable with the idea, since the only other time it’s happened in the last 30 years was last season, when the Browns faced the Ravens in back-to-back games.
  • Hard road to the start of the season. There are only three teams in the NFL that have to play their first TWO games away this year and those teams are: The Buccaneers, Colts and Patriots.
  • Hard road to the end of the season. At the other end of the spectrum, there are seven teams that will finish the season with two straight road games, but only two of those teams will get stuck in two straight season-closing DIVISIONAL road games: The Vikings and the Panthers.
  • Bye, bye, bye. The Texans are against three teams who will win a bye this year, that’s the most in the NFL. That’s not ideal, as teams get extra rest and preparation time before the Houston game. At the other end of the spectrum, there are seven teams that face zero total opponents to concede a bye: Bills, Lions, Broncos, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Bears, Commanders.
  • The AFC West is the best. The four AFC West teams are currently expected to play a total of 19 primetime games in 2022, tied for the second most in the Super Bowl era. according to NFL research. The only division scheduled for more primetime games was the NFC East in 2015.
  • Week 14 bye. The Falcons, Bears, Packers, Colts, Saints and Commanders all landed a week 14 bye, which is notable for two reasons. First, it’s the last scheduled reunion ever given to a team since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002. Teams seem to prefer to have a later bye, and last season proved why: 2021 was the only time since 2002 where teams had a bye in week 14 and all four teams that received a bye that week, ended the year with a record win.
  • Three teams have ruled out Amazon’s first season of Thursday Night Football. This season, Amazon will be exclusive to the Thursday Nights package for the first time ever, and in the inaugural year, 29 of the league’s 32 teams will appear on Amazon Prime. The three who don’t? The Giants, Vikings and Lions. That being said, all three will be playing in a Thursday game this year, and that’s because all three will be playing on Thanksgiving.
  • Extra long road trip. The Packers, Dolphins, Eagles and Chiefs have one thing in common this year: they’re the only teams in the league to have three straight away games. While that’s not ideal, NFL teams stuck with a three-game road trip on the schedule have been 22-11 on those trips since 2018.

Hope you can impress all your friends this weekend with your quirky knowledge of the NFL schedule.

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