There are always going to be NFL teams that are upset with their respective schedules. Factors include too many road games in a row, traveling coast-to-coast in consecutive weeks and games in prime time that leave less time to prepare.
But there are other kinds of unique twists to the NFL schedule that can create a disadvantage to certain NFL teams and will be a source of controversy.
The following is just one example of how an NFL schedule can go against a team; in this case it is the Buffalo Bills, and the following quote comes from BuffaloBills.com senior writer Chris Brown:
As disappointing as it was to hear that the Bills have to play the Patriots on the road before hosting another important division game just five days later, there’s another issue with respect to extra preparation time for their upcoming opponents during the heart of their 2012 schedule.
I can’t take credit for uncovering this. A Bills fan, who only goes by the initials B.H. emailed me this eye-opening schedule quirk between Weeks 6 and 10 of this season’s schedule. After checking myself it’s legit.
After playing what is expected to be a physical contest with the 49ers in San Francisco in Week 5, the Bills then face the Cardinals in Arizona in Week 6. The Cards will have the benefit of three extra days of prep time for Buffalo as their Week 5 game is on Thursday night.
The very next week when the Bills play host to Tennessee, the Titans will also have three extra days of prep time for Buffalo because they’re playing on Thursday night the previous week (Week 6) as well.
The Bills look to get a break as they’ll have a bye week in Week 8 to get two weeks to prep for the Texans in Houston. But that extra prep time will be a wash because Houston also has their bye in Week 8.
Finally while the Bills are battling the Texans in Houston, the Patriots will be on their couches watching at home while their head coach grinds tape for two weeks to prepare for the Bills who travel to New England in Week 10 as the Pats have their bye in Week 9.
That’s followed by a second division game in five days against Miami on Thursday night in Buffalo.
The only advantage Buffalo will have in terms of extra preparation all season will be the extra three days coming off that Thursday night game with Miami to play Indianapolis 10 days later…on the road.
I don't know if any other teams have schedule quirks like the Bills do, but somebody in NFL headquarters that is involved in creating the schedule should be aware of factors like this that can clearly be a big advantage to one team and a huge disadvantage to another team.
The Bills have a hard enough time getting into the playoffs as it is. They don't need the deck stacked against them as well.