2022 NFL fixture release: Patriots proliferation of longevity, tough Cowboys start and easy Trey Lance climb

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The process has been revealed. Aren’t you happy? Do you not feel strong? Do you feel a bit useless for the next 11 months until the release date comes back?

Sure, all of this is a little silly, but it does give us more food to consider as we expand the 2022 season which is still about one-third of the year. Undoubtedly, there are coaches and senior managers out there who believe they have been misled, and several of their competitors find the journey easier than they should be. This is baked into a cake at this time.

There are a number of things that really intrigued me and started to develop the schedule. I look at teams that I believe have a chance to compete at least in the wild card space, because they probably have a lot more challenges to do than their plan, and that would be counterproductive. Maybe the Jaguars got really tired and had some crazy trips and games in a row that came out four weeks in a row.

If so, it probably makes sense to have the nerves and stability and the birth of Urban Meyer in the NFL last year. But I don’t have time for that now. We are looking at difficult areas of the list or other issues that may affect the games that are most important in January and February.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Certainly the movement of the teams facing each team in a particular region in four straight weeks. Baltimore face the entire AFC East in the first four weeks of the season. Dallas travels throughout the NFC North between Weeks 7-11, with a farewell half. It seems to me that this does not happen very often, but it does happen in 2022.
  • Of the 12 teams that will appear five times in a major season, I hope America gets sick of watching a few of them – the Cowboys and the Patriots – soon. Not high on their offseasons. The Pats play Thanksgiving at Vikings then next Thursday (Bill) and next Monday night (Cardinals) and then Sunday night (Raiders). Good luck. Overkill.
  • As for the Cowboys – someone look at Mike McCarthy around Halloween. It can be difficult early. He lives with the Bucs and Bengals, goes to the Giants, receives Washington and then goes to the Rams and Eagles. It feels like 2-4. Not good.
  • On the other hand, the NFL gave the 49ers a Trey Lance cushion. He is free in his first year as a starter against the Bears, Seahawks, and also finds the Panthers and Falcons within the first six weeks.
  • The Titans get a good pile of victories before Week 6, as it gets tough afterwards. He lives with the Colts, goes to Houston, then to KC, receives Denver, Green Bay, lives with Cincy, in Philly. This takes them by mid-December and I wonder if Malik Willis’ career will start to increase.
  • After a strong initial stretch of Dolphins, Patriots, Bills and Bengals (Week 5), the Ravens face only three teams that reached the playoffs last year, FWIW, which includes the Steelers (now sans Ben Roethlisberger) twice. Things went well for them, and after 10 weeks they have no more two-hour road games.
  • It remains to be seen when Deshaun Watson will make his permanent appearance, and how long he will be suspended, but I have no choice but to wonder if the Week 9 break is a sign of anything. They meet the Bengals on Monday night in Week 8.
  • The Bucs are having a hard time between Weeks 10-14. They meet Seattle in Munich, fly back home, then in Cleveland, the home of the Saints who play them bravely and then head to San Francisco. It was a flight of several planes to different time zones in a short period of time, and then, two weeks later, I headed for Arizona. It could destroy the old team before the playoffs.
  • December / January fun for Chiefs. Three straight street games – Bengals, Broncos, Texans – then host the Seahawks and Broncos and head to Vegas.

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