The NFL season is still months away, but the world took a step back from draft talk on Thursday night for the annual schedule release.
As the scheduling was analyzed, a few trends became readily apparent. First, the NFL clearly has a handle on which teams fans want to see the most of. Secondly, the NFL did some teams no favors.
Football is not always the most important factor in creating a schedule. Sometimes, other sporting events like baseball games (for both stadium use and parking availability) take precedence. Other times, ratings concerns force lower-profile teams into a rough situations.
Which teams came out on top with their schedules, and which are going to have an uphill climb?