Ladies and gentlemen... a good schedule!
As for the particulars: let's divide things into four categories: Great/Good/Bad/Very Bad.
- Weeks 3-6 with the two interplanetar trips sandwiching the Steelers game. That stretch is brutal.
- The GB trip in mid-November. It's gonna be cold there... I was hoping for a fall trip. But hey, it's still not December, so it could have been worse...
- A road opening game. Not a tragedy, but it would have been nicer to kick it off in the Bank - especially that Week 3 will take us accross the ocean...
- Most of the "easier" games packed together in the middle of the season. It would have been better if they're spread out more evenly throughout the season... but once again: it' nowhere near a tragedy.
- A SNF game in Pittsburgh. It's gonna be 10 Dec, more than 7 months away - and still we can be sure it's gonna be a classic one, maybe even deciding the division... Who would it any other way?
- The Texans as our MNF opponent. Playing the MNF game in a currently-hot team's place has gotten kinda very old if you ask me...
- Two of our 3 prime-time, nationally televised games are gonna be played in the Bank. Nuff said.
- A home MNF game??? Am I dreaming?
- CIN Week#17 - but in Baltimore??? Am I dreaming?
- Mid-season bye. Week 9 would have been the perfect one, but Week 10 is also good.
- The home/road rhythm is very good. No 3-game home/road game stretches, only one 2-game road stretch, and even that is wrapped around the bye - and two 2-home-game runs, both in the second half of the season, including 2 home games to close the season out... compare that to last season's end with road games in PIT and CIN... Or compare our schedul with that of the Pats who have a stretch (W10-15) with 5 of 6 games on the road... fankly, that should be illegal ... or the Bengals who will have a 3-game road run followed by a 3-game home run (W9-14)... that's also quite far from perfect...
So, to sum it up, with only one really unfriendly detail, I don't think we have much to complain about...