Aside from the annual match-up with the Colts, I'm really pleased with the Patriots' schedule. Drawing the NFC East this year is quite pleasant, finishing with 3 of 4 at home is awesome, and Romeo Crennel coming back home in Week 5 should be fun.
Originally posted by GugsAside from the annual match-up with the Colts, I'm really pleased with the Patriots' schedule.
Heh, it's funny you should mention that, 'cuz I myself was thinking, "Jeez, can we get just one year in which we don't have to face the Patriots in the regular season?" Even though we seem to have gotten the New England monkey off of our back for the time being.
At least this time they're having it at the RCA Dome; having to face the Patriots every year was daunting enough without adding the "Oh, by the way you have to play them at Foxboro" factor to it.
Heh, and then the following week we've got San Diego in prime-time. That ought to be a tremendous game as well.
Considering that we're facing New England, San Diego and Baltimore (the latter two in away games; hee, if we thought the Ravens fans hated us before, wait 'til we face 'em again after eliminating them from the playoffs last year), I found it kind of an odd choice that our Monday night game this year is at Jacksonville.
Which is not to disrespect the Jaguars, don't misunderstand me, but Colts/Pats, Colts/Chargers and Colts/Ravens would all be ratings phenomena. Colts/Jaguars, maybe not so much, since the Jags finished a disappointing 8-8 and third in the division last year. (Then again, they beat the shit out of us in week 14 last year, so once more I'm not saying "Jacksonville sucks".)
New Orleans is a tough opening game, but other than that and the games I mentioned earlier (with no disrespect to any other teams) I'm not too concerned with our schedule; I think we can go 13-3 or 14-2. The key for this season is not to relax now that we've won the Super Bowl. I waited 25 years for one of my teams to win a championship, now I'm greedy, let's REPEAT!
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New England vs. Indianapolis: 2008: NE will play at the AFC South team that finishes in the same divisional rank. Indy will play at home against the AFC West team that finishes with the same divisional rank. In other words, if both teams win their divisions, or finish second (etc), they will play each other, at Indy. 2007: NE and Indy both won their division in '06, so they play each other. The game is @ Indy *. 2006: Everyone in the AFC East plays everyone in the AFC South. Ind/NE is @ NE (the opposite of in 2003). 2005: NE and Indy both won their division in '04, so they play each other. They play @ NE *. 2004: NE and Indy both won their division in '03, so they play each other. They play @ NE *. 2003: Everyone in the AFC East plays everyone in the AFC South. Ind/NE is @ Indy. *the schedule is that NE played at home against the AFC South team in '04, '05, and '10, and away in '02 (played Tennessee this year), '07, and '08. Indianapolis has the opposite.
Your two teams have played each other so much because you've both dominated your respective divisions over this time. If you don't want to play each other again, one of the teams has to finish appreciably worse than the other.
Switching to my team: NFC North teams have it tough this year, having to play all the teams from the AFC West and the NFC East. It looks like 9-7 should win the division. With that in mind, the Packers schedule is still even harder than that. The home games in December are against Oakland and Detroit. Way to waste the home field advantage. The other Detroit game is on Thanksgiving (you never can be sure what happens there), and then the following week they play on Thursday again, against Dallas. Dallas, of course, also plays on Thanksgiving, so they don't even have an advantage of playing a team coming off a short week.
But at least 4 nationally televised games seems like a lot. Plus if the Packers miss the playoffs again, the last game of the season could very well end up on Sunday night. Kind of crazy that both GB/Det games could be nationally televised.
The reason why the last two group games are played simultaniously, is to avoid a situation that occured in '82. West Germany scored a goal against Austria ten minutes in. They realized that if this score stood, they could both advance.