The Bears are hit with a weird NFL schedule oddity the team hasn’t seen in 58 years, plus 10 other schedule oddities

The Bears are hit with a weird NFL schedule oddity the team hasn’t seen in 58 years, plus 10 other schedule oddities

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There are always some crazy oddities when it comes to the NFL schedule and this year is no different. The one weird thing about Quirks is that they’re not all created equal. Some teams will be thrilled with the oddities in their schedule while many other teams won’t be so thrilled with the oddities handed to them by 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 oddities in the 2022 NFL schedule.

  • The bears will spend December at home. The Bears have a particularly unique scheduling quirk: they don’t play ONE game on the road during the month of December, marking the first time this has happened to the Bears since 1964. The Bears will play a home game against the Packers in Week 13 (December 4). They have a bye in Week 14 (December 11), then they follow up with a home game in Weeks 15 (December 18) and 16 (December 24). Although they play a game on the road in Week 17, that game falls on January 1, which means they have NO road game in December.
  • The chiefs are given the killer’s opening schedule. With their 2022 schedule, the Chiefs will become the first team in NFL history to open a season with eight straight games against teams that finished above .500 the previous season (Via Elias Sports Office). The stretch begins in Week 1 when they travel to Arizona and then continues through Week 9. Here’s a look at their brutal eight-game first innings: Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Buccaneers, Raiders, to the Bills, to the 49ers, goodbye, to the Titans.
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  • Jets and Ravens with a weird start to the program. The Jets will start the season playing every AFC North team in the first four weeks marking the first time since the 1970 merger, the Jets have played four consecutive games against the same division at any time during the season. As for the Ravens, they will start the season with four straight games against the AFC East, marking the first time they have opened the season against four teams from the same division.
  • The commanders follow one another. Commanders have a particularly unique feature in their schedule: they will play back-to-back games against the Giants starting in Week 13. After playing on the road in New York that week, Commanders will have a bye the Week 14. before hosting the Giants in Week 15. It’s only the second time since 1991 that an NFL team has played back-to-back regular-season games against the same opponent. That being said, the NFL is clearly more comfortable with the idea, as the only other time this has happened in the past 30 years came last season with the Browns facing the Ravens in back-to-back games. .
  • Difficult road to start the season. There are only three teams in the NFL that will have to play their first TWO games on the road this year and those teams are: the Buccaneers, the Colts and the Patriots.
  • Difficult road to end the season. At the other end of the spectrum, there are seven teams that will end the season with two consecutive road games, however, only two of these teams will remain stuck playing two consecutive DIVISIONAL road games to close the season: the Vikings and the Panthers.
  • Goodbye goodbye. Texans are against three teams that will be exempted this year, which is the most in the NFL. That’s not ideal since teams will get extra rest and preparation time before playing Houston. On the other end of the spectrum, there are seven teams that will face a total of zero opponents after a bye: Bills, Lions, Broncos, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Bears, Commanders.
  • AFC West is the best. All four AFC West teams are currently expected to make a total of 19 prime-time appearances in 2022, which is tied for second most in the Super Bowl era. according to NFL research. The only division to schedule more primetime games was the NFC East in 2015.
  • Week 14 goodbye. The Falcons, Bears, Packers, Colts, Saints and Commanders all picked up a Week 14 bye, which is notable for two reasons. First, it’s tied for the last scheduled bye a team has ever received since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002. Teams seem to prefer having a bye later and last season proved why: 2021 was the only time since 2002 that teams were given a bye for Week 14 and all four teams that received a bye that week ended up finishing the year with a winning record.
  • Three teams excluded from Amazon’s first season of ‘Thursday Night Football’. This season will mark the first time that Amazon will exclusively offer the Thursday Night Package and for the inaugural year, 29 of the league’s 32 teams will make an appearance on Amazon Prime. The three who won’t? Giants, Vikings and Lions. That being said, all three will be playing a game on Thursday 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 big thing in common this year: They’re the only teams in the league scheduled to play three consecutive road games. While it’s not ideal, NFL teams that are 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 original knowledge of the NFL schedule.

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