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There are all the time some loopy quirks in terms of the NFL schedule and this yr isn’t any totally different. The one bizarre factor about quirks is that not all of them are created equally. Some groups shall be glad concerning the quirks on their schedule whereas loads of other groups will not be so thrilled with the quirks they’re handed by the league workplace. 

So who bought the craziest quirks? That’s an incredible query, so let’s discover out. 

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

  • Bears shall be spending December at house. The Bears bought an particularly distinctive scheduling quirk: They do not play a SINGLE highway recreation throughout the month of December, marking the first time that’s happened to the Bears since 1964. The Bears will play a house recreation towards the Packers in Week 13 (Dec. 4). They have a bye in Week 14 (Dec. 11) after which they observe that up with a house recreation in Weeks 15 (Dec. 18) and 16 (Dec. 24). Although they do play a highway recreation in Week 17, that recreation falls on Jan. 1, which implies they’ve ZERO highway video games in December. 
  • Chiefs get handed killer opening schedule. With their 2022 schedule, the Chiefs will grow to be the primary team in NFL historical past to open a season with eight straight video games towards groups that completed above .500 the prior season (Via Elias Sports Bureau). The stretch begins in Week 1 once they journey to Arizona after which continues to Week 9. Here’s a have a look at their brutal opening eight-game gauntlet: At Cardinals, Chargers, at Colts, at Buccaneers, Raiders, Bills, 49ers, bye, Titans.
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  • Jets and Ravens with bizarre begin to schedule. The Jets will begin the season by enjoying each team in the AFC North over the primary 4 weeks marking the first time for the reason that 1970 merger that the Jets have performed 4 straight video games towards the identical division at any level in a season. On the Ravens’ finish, they will be beginning the season with 4 straight video games towards the AFC East, marking the primary time they’ve opened the season towards 4 groups from the identical division. 
  • Commanders go back-to-back. The Commanders have an particularly distinctive quirk on their schedule: They’ll be enjoying back-to-back video games towards the Giants beginning in Week 13. After enjoying on the highway in New York that week, the Commanders may have a bye in Week 14 earlier than enjoying host to the Giants in Week 15. This marks simply the second time since 1991 that an NFL team has performed back-to-back regular-season video games towards the identical an opponent. That being mentioned, the NFL is clearly getting extra comfy with the concept as a result of the one other time it occurred over the previous 30 years got here final season with the Browns dealing with the Ravens in back-to-back video games. 
  • Rough highway to begin the season. There are solely three groups in the NFL who must play their first TWO video games on the highway this yr and people groups are: The Buccaneers, Colts and Patriots.
  • Rough highway to finish the season. On the alternative finish of the spectrum, there are seven groups that will shut out the season with two straight highway video games, nevertheless, solely two of these groups will get caught enjoying two straight DIVISIONAL highway video games to shut the season: The Vikings and Panthers. 
  • Bye, bye, bye. The Texans are facing three teams that will be coming off a bye this year, which is essentially the most in the NFL. That’s not preferrred since groups shall be getting further relaxation and preparation time previous to enjoying Houston. On the other finish of the spectrum, there are seven groups who shall be dealing with a complete of zero opponents coming off a bye: Bills, Lions, Broncos, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Bears, Commanders.
  • AFC West is the perfect. The 4 AFC West groups are at present scheduled to make a complete of 19 primetime appearances in 2022, which is tied for the second-most in the Super Bowl period, (*10*). The solely division to get scheduled for extra primetime video games was the NFC East in 2015.
  • Week 14 bye. The Falcons, Bears, Packers, Colts, Saints and Commanders have all landed a Week 14 bye, which is notable for 2 causes. First, it is tied for the most recent scheduled bye that any team has ever been given for the reason that NFL expanded to 32 groups in 2002. Teams appear to desire having a later bye and final season proved why: 2021 was the one time since 2002 the place groups got a Week 14 bye and all 4 groups that acquired a bye that week ended up ending the yr with a profitable report.
  • Three groups shut out of Amazon’s debut season of “Thursday Night Football.” This season will mark the primary time ever that Amazon will solely have the Thursday night time bundle and for the inaugural yr, 29 of the league’s 32 groups shall be making an look on Amazon Prime. The three that will not? The Giants, Vikings and Lions. That being mentioned, all three of them will get to play a Thursday recreation this yr and that’s as a result of all three shall be enjoying on Thanksgiving.
  • Extra lengthy highway journey. The Packers, Dolphins, Eagles and Chiefs have one huge factor in widespread this yr: They’re the one groups in the league that must play three consecutive highway video games. Although that’s not preferrred, NFL groups that get caught with a three-game highway journey on the schedule are 22-11 on those trips since 2018

Hopefully you possibly can impress all your mates this weekend with your quirky information of the NFL schedule. 

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