Which NFL Team Has The Strangest 2021 Schedule?

NFL 2021 Schedule

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Take a random series of events and play them out over and over again, and you are bound to come up with different outcomes almost every time. So too can be said about the NFL schedule, which goes through many drafts before the final one is chosen for release. This year, with an added 17th game to every team’s schedule, the new 272-game schedule created some interesting outcomes that have many across the NFL shaking their heads. So, which team do you believe has the strangest 2021 schedule?

From travel schedules to opponents, several NFL teams probably looked at their 2021 schedule and said “WTF” when they noticed something that hasn’t happened in years. One of those teams is the Baltimore Ravens, who will only play one of their first four games at home this season, a week 2 matchup against Kansas City. However, their next four games are all at home, keeping them at M&T Bank Stadium from October 11th to November 7th; from that point, they will only play two more home games before the end of the calendar year since they end the regular season with two home games in January. 

The four straight home games marks only the seventh time in NFL history a team has had that kind of schedule given to them. Other than the 2015 Titans who went winless in their four-game home streak, every other team given such a schedule either went 4-0 or 3-1 over that time.

An NFC team with two huge scheduling advantages are the Philadelphia Eagles, that is, if you believe in the strength of schedule stat. That’s because the Eagles don’t face a single team on the road who had a winning record last season; a stat that is enhanced when you realize that Philly only faces three teams who had a winning record in 2020 (Kansas City, Tampa Bay and New Orleans) and all of those games are at Lincoln Financial Field. 

The Eagles’ second scheduling advantage comes late in the season when, after a November 14th game in Denver, the team will not need to get on an airplane for a road game the rest of the season. This comes from the fact that their remaining road games are two trips to New York (at the Jets, the Giants) and a trip to Washington, all of which are best done by bus, making their potential playoff push easier.

Washington, for me, has one of the strangest and most preventable scheduling oddities I have ever seen. They will play their final five games of the regular season against NFC East opponents, something that has not happened since 1995. In that year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 1-4 in their division and saw their record drop from 6-5 to 7-9 and last place in the five team NFC South. This year, in a four-team division, after a week 2 (Thursday night) matchup against the Giants, Washington won’t play another divisional game until December 12th

One thing that people also noticed that is strange began in 2016 when the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl. That year their bye week fell right at the middle of the season in week 9. In each year since, the team that won the Super Bowl saw their bye week come one week later than the previous year winner, including last year when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the title after having Week 13 off. Thanks to the 18th Week being added to the 17-game schedule this season, the trend does have a chance to continue if you believe Indianapolis, Miami, New England or Philadelphia can win the championship since they have week 14 bye weeks this year.

 


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