For the head coaches, players and general managers of NFL teams, they can now begin making plans about player personnel packages that they want to have in place for specific weeks or certain phases of the schedule. That could range from coordinating injury rehabs to players coming off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
For teams like the New Orleans Saints, the new schedule announcement will let them know what key games their suspended personnel and coaches will be missing due to their bounty-related suspensions. That knowledge could very well shape what they do at the NFL draft as well as the remaining time in the offseason to sign free agents.
Creating a regular-season schedule for any major sports organization is always a difficult assignment. Just some of the factors that you have to work out include travel considerations, teams that are playing on nationally televised games on Thursday nights, or Monday nights.
You don't want a team to have too long of a homestand, because then it means that they would also have a long road trip. You want to keep key rivalry games for specific dates that will draw maximum size audiences.
Teams that play in inclement-weather cities in December, would ideally be on the road for the majority of December. Tradition suggests that Detroit and Dallas have games scheduled for Thanksgiving and the conditions just continue to tie the schedule maker's hands.
Well, now that the 2012 schedule has been released, we can do some analysis and see which teams got the raw end of the deal. Here are the top eight teams that got screwed by the 2012 NFL schedule.