The 2015 NFL schedule is officially out! Go crazy fans, go crazy! Or don't. We've known about this for quite awhile already. But now, you have the opportunity to book travel for road trips and such, if you so desire.
5 toughest nfl schedules 2015
5 toughest NFL schedules in 2015
It’s kind of a given that teams who finished last season strong, would then have more difficult schedules the following year. The NFL and their commitment to parity. The Seahawks, coming off consecutive Super Bowl appearances are no exception.
And unlike last season, they have to play three primetime games on the road. The first of those is in Week 2, when the Packers look to get revenge on them from the NFC Championship Game.
They also play a Monday night home game against Detroit in Week 4, which will almost certainly be something other than a walk in the park. Week 7 features a Thursday night road game in San Francisco. Though the 49ers figure to be a mess, the Thursday night road game simply is not easy.
The next week they travel to Dallas for late afternoon game in “Jerry World.” After their bye week, they host Arizona in primetime, before facing a road contest in Minnesota, which might not be such a cakewalk.
The following week is a primetime contest in Baltimore, which will almost certainly challenge the Seahawks greatly. They finish on the road in Arizona, though that game may not mean anything.
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Only capturing a Wild Card a season ago didn’t help much with the Arizona Cardinals’ 2015 schedule. The Cardinals begin the season hosting a Saints team which will be hungry to start the season off right, after a terribly disappointing 2014 season.
They’re also potentially harmed by the fact they play three road game between October 11 and November 1, all against teams who can be tough at home (Detroit, Pittsburgh and don’t laugh…Cleveland), sandwiched with a Monday night game against the always tough Baltimore Ravens.
After the bye week they travel to Seattle to play in primetime, and then get Cincinnati at home and the Niners on the road which begins a stretch of three games in 12 days. The next week they play at St. Louis (always tough) and then come home to host the Vikings on a Thursday night.
That five game stretch is brutal.
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Anyhow, the dates and times do affect, to some small extent which teams have the most difficult schedule. For instance there are a few teams who must play three consecutive road games in 2015.
A few other teams play three games in a matter of 12 days. In other words, those are tough schedules. At the end of the season, those can catch up to a team.
It's those details -- the when and where -- which make a schedule more or less difficult. Let's quickly look at the five teams the schedule makers didn't do any favors in 2015.