Aside from the annual NFL Draft, football fans anticipate the release of their team’s schedule.
Seeing the list of games helps them predict the fate of their beloved squad.
Competing against last season’s playoff teams might reduce their optimism for 2022.
In contrast, teams with favorable opponents can take advantage by clinching a postseason berth.
However, the league might not reveal the full schedule at once, as revealed by ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.
Your schedule for the NFL schedule announcement …
April 28 (during first round of draft): First Thursday Night game on Prime Video (Week 2, Sept. 15)
May 4: International Games
May 9: Select games
May 12 (6PM): First home game opponent
May 12 (8PM): Full schedule
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) April 21, 2022
Hensley tweeted that the first Thursday Night Football game will be revealed during the first round of the 2022 draft.
On May 4, games under the NFL International Series will be made public.
Five days later, selected games will be announced.
Finally, the first home game opponents and the full schedule will be divulged on May 12.
This approach is an excellent way to keep fans and experts on their toes.
It keeps the league on the news even more and creates more waves of conversation regarding the games alone.
The 17th Game Could Be The Most Important
The additional regular-season game could either be a blessing or a curse.
It could be a blessing if a team draws a favorable opponent.
On the flip side, it could be the downfall of a team’s playoff hopes.
Postseason slots could still be decided by Week 18, making the game highly important.
On a macro level, the 17th game is also a great indication of whether the team did well or not.
There are no more 8-8 seasons, which means they were neither good nor bad.
An 8-9 season means that the team came up short.
In contrast, teams would feel better getting a 9-8 record.
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