We already knew who we were facing, now we know when and where. All game times denoted are Central Time (US) and the ones after 11/14 are subject to change based on the NFL's whim.
|Sunday 9/12||@Philadelphia Eagles||3:15|
|Sunday 9/19||Buffalo Bills||Noon|
|Monday 9/27||@Chicago Bears||7:30|
|Sunday 10/3||Detroit Lions||Noon|
|Sunday 10/10||@Washington Redskins||Noon|
|Sunday 10/17||Miami Dolphins||Noon|
|Sunday 10/24||Minnesota Vikings||7:20|
|Sunday 10/31||@New York Jets||Noon|
|Sunday 11/7||Dallas Cowboys||7:20|
|Sunday 11/21||@Minnesota Vikings||Noon|
|Sunday 11/28||@Atlanta Falcons||Noon|
|Sunday 12/5||San Francisco 49ers||Noon|
|Sunday 12/12||@Detroit Lions||Noon|
|Sunday 12/19||@New England Patriots||7:20|
|Sunday 12/26||New York Giants||3:15|
|Sunday 1/2||Chicago Bears||Noon|
The first thing that jumps out at me is the single Monday night game up there. That means we won't have to get too far out of rhythm for practice schedules and game prep after Week 4. With a young squad, repetition can only help. Also, we don't play that accursed Thanksgiving game.
Home and away scheduling is pretty evenly-distributed, with no long stretches of either. Hosting San Francisco and Dallas means we'll never travel further west than Minneapolis - all games will be played within the two easternmost US time zones. Jet lag should not come into play at all; also good for a young squad.
The schedule-makers have declared Favreageddon III to be a Game of Interest, making it the primetime game on October 24, but that will still probably be too early to really discomfit a dome team. Our cold-weather dates seem slightly wasted on the 49ers, the Giants, and the Bears, although it will be fun to be the ones hosting The Most Miserable Game of the Year for once.
Specifics: Opening at Philly is a nightmare. We never, ever play well in that city, and I expect their respectful and polite fans to be in full throat, making for a torturous all-around experience. Other houses of horror include playing at the Jets and at the Patriots. If we could have flipped the AFC East schedule, it would have been far more advantageous, IMHO, giving us a chance to go at least 3-1 with a good shot at a sweep. As it stands, we'll probably get the split, but do no better than that. Hosting Dallas at night should make for a very interesting game.
Way-early prediction: 10-6