NFL schedules are usually not much more than a nice bit of info to organize our lives as football fans. We want to know how the seasons will look so we can plan out that four or so months. This year’s schedule was a whole lot more. The usual ‘hey, look at that’ was more like ‘Holy shit, shield your eyes!’.
I’m not talking about the strength of schedule either. That’s not news. We’ve known that since the final game of the 2018 season was played. On paper the Raiders have the NFL’s toughest schedule. It is what it is. It’s a formula and has nothing to do with the NFL hating the Raiders.
What I’m talking about it the stuff we learned yesterday. The actual dates, times, and order of the games. That’s where the schedule makers can do their worst, if they want to. And from the looks of it, they really cracked their knuckles and put together a true masterpiece of fuuuuuh Cuuuuuuue.
Tyler and I discuss in our latest Silver & Black Pridecast:
You can also read about it in my Ten observations on Raiders 2019 schedule
You have to think that Mark Davis dragging out his charade about playing someplace other than Oakland well into Roger Goodell’s soft deadline had something to do with this. Making an NFL schedule isn’t easy. Put constraints on that process, and they are not inclined to do you any favors.
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