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PostSubject: Which NFL teams got unfair schedules?    Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:33 pm

Which NFL teams got unfair schedules? University at Buffalo engineers know
By Frank Schwab
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Washington Redskins fans, you might not want to hear this.

University at Buffalo engineers, who have done a study on imbalances in the NFL schedule and presented it at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference earlier this year, have studied the 2015 NFL schedule that was released this week. One of the main imbalances they look at is which teams get the most games against "rested" opponents – those coming off Thursday night games or bye weeks.

Yep, Washington got the shortest stick in that area.

Washington plays five games against opponents with extra rest this year, the UB engineers said. That's the most in the NFL. The Redskins have three games against teams coming off bye weeks and two games against teams coming off a Thursday game. That's a very high number; it's almost one-third of Washington's schedule.

Other teams shouldn't be too happy either. The Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks each have four games against opponents with extra rest. The New England Patriots**, Buffalo Bills (who have frequently gotten imbalanced schedules the past few years), San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs are next at three each.

"We had a detailed look at the 2015, and we see again the imbalances are significant," said Murat Kurt, PhD, an assistant professor in UB’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Some teams should be much happier with their draw. The Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals don't play any games against teams coming off a bye or a Thursday night game.

(Read More:) http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/which-nfl-teams-got-unfair-schedules--university-of-buffalo-engineers-know-170455822.html

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PostSubject: Re: Which NFL teams got unfair schedules?    Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:07 pm

Maybe the NFL is trying to keep the Potomac Area Natives from being competitive until they change their name.

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PostSubject: Re: Which NFL teams got unfair schedules?    Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:16 pm

@JonM229 wrote:
Maybe the NFL is trying to keep the Potomac Area Natives from being competitive until they change their name.


Or they just realize that it doesn't matter whether they have an unfair schedule or not because they suck and will lose most of them anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: Which NFL teams got unfair schedules?    Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:43 pm

I would be interested to revisit this at the end of the season and compare the prediction vs. the reality.

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PostSubject: Re: Which NFL teams got unfair schedules?    Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:19 pm

I doubt it was intentional. To seemingly favor 16 teams is too seemingly unfavor the other 16. Cant make a fair schedule for everyone doesnt work that way.
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PostSubject: Re: Which NFL teams got unfair schedules?    Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:55 pm

Thank God the Redskins got a difficult schedule, I was really worried about them competing this year.
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PostSubject: Re: Which NFL teams got unfair schedules?    Fri May 01, 2015 12:24 pm

The Washington NFL team would have had such a promising season to look forward to if it wasn't for their unfair schedule.
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PostSubject: Re: Which NFL teams got unfair schedules?    Sun May 03, 2015 2:16 pm

The schedule makers have a ton of stuff to think about when making it:

Team requests
MLB playoffs at the beginning of the season (a lot of teams share parking with MLB teams, one or two share stadiums)
Other events at the venue (I don't think a single team owns their stadium)
Networks requesting certain games (the networks can request certain match ups for primetime games/FOX GOTW. They don't have to be granted those requests, but the league wants to make sure those games are match ups that people want to see, for the most part.)

Not everyone is going to get a favorable schedule. When you have the East playing the West that year, you're going to have swings where you're on the opposite coast two straight weeks sometimes. It is what it is. Last I checked, everyone plays 16 games.

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