First off, for those wondering, here are the early lines for Week 1 of the NFL season.
Cowboys at Giants (-3.5), 8:30 p.m.
Eagles (-6) at Browns, 1 p.m.
Redskins at Saints (-6), 1 p.m.
Bills at Jets (-6), 1 p.m.
Jaguars at Vikings (-3.5), 1 p.m.
Colts at Bears (-7.5), 1 p.m.
Dolphins at Texans (-6), 1 p.m.
Patriots (-5) at Titans, 1 p.m.
Rams at Lions (-7.5), 1 p.m.
Falcons (-1) at Chiefs, 1 p.m.
49ers at Packers (-5), 4:15 p.m.
Seahawks at Cardinals (-1), 4:15 p.m.
Panthers (-1.5) at Buccaneers, 4:15 p.m.
Steelers at Broncos (-1.5), 8:20 p.m.
Bengals at Ravens (-6), 7 p.m.
Chargers (-2) at Raiders, 10:15 p.m.
Now, let’s look at highlights for every team this fall.
MIAMI- Probably only two cold weather games, one prime-time game, and a mid-season (vs. the normal early season) bye.
TAMPA BAY- Early bye (wk 5), one prime-time game, and alternating home and away games the last 9 weeks.
JACKSONVILLE- Tim Tebow comes to town on Dec. 9, their only prime-time game is at home against Andrew Luck, and their home and away games alternate the last 8 weeks.
ARIZONA- The Cards get two prime-time games, and Kevin Kolb faces Philly early.
ATLANTA- Something I’ve never seen before, the Falcons have alternating home and away games all season!
BUFFALO- The Bills play 3 straight home games (and 4/5) in December. Mario Williams returns to Houston on Nov. 4.
CAROLINA- Cam Newton squares off against Mike Vick on a Monday night and RGIII as well.
CHICAGO- The Bears play Green Bay in the first Thursday night game, and play 5 prime-time games total.
CINCINNATI- Bengals have three straight home games mid-season, play the Ravens to start and finish, and face a final, brutal month of the year.
CLEVELAND- The Browns face the Ravens and Bengals twice before their bye week, only having the Steelers after it in the division. They also get a look at what they’ll be missing out on picking forth by facing Luck and RGIII.
DALLAS- Weird schedule. First, they violate one of my pet peeves by playing their first home game in week 3. Then they play 4/5 on the road, and after that 3 straight, and 5/6 at home. Play the Giants twice in the first 8 weeks, and the Skins twice in the last 6, including Thanksgiving Day.
DENVER- First year of Peyton Manning presents 5 prime-time games, and at Brady and New England in week 5.
DETROIT- All 8 road games are divided up in 4 back-2-backs. Odd. Play Houston on Thanksgiving.
GREEN BAY- 5 of the Packers last 7 games are in the division. 5 prime-time games.
HOUSTON- Don’t see the Colts until weeks 15 and 17? Strange. First ever appearance on Thanksgiving at Detroit.
INDIANAPOLIS- Every game is a 1pm start, except lone prime-time Thursday at Jags. 3 straight at home after opening on road.
KANSAS CITY- Three straight home games weeks 11-13, both night games are back-2-back weeks.
MINNESOTA- Weird in that bye week isn’t until week 11, but then play Bears and Packers twice each in the last 6 weeks.
NEW ENGLAND- Will play in cold weather every week after their bye week, except two trips to Florida, once to play Miami, and once to play Jacksonville. Play the Dolphins twice in December. At NYJ for Thanksgiving. Play the Rams in London.
NEW ORLEANS- Bye week falls in week 6, one week too early for a convenient Joe Vitt return. Coincidence I’m sure.
NEW YORK GIANTS- Tough. Home-home to start. Play three tough birds to finish, Falcons, Ravens, Eagles.
NEW YORK JETS- 3 straight at home early, Tebow home-coming late, and only 2 division games after the bye week. Host the Pats on Thanksgiving night.
OAKLAND- Carson Palmer returns to Cincy on Nov. 25. Start and end with the Chargers.
PHILADELPHIA- Mike Vick plays the Falcons, again, at home this year.
PITTSBURGH- 5/6 division games they’ll play in the last 7 weeks. In prime-time or at 4:15pm in 9 of first 11 weeks.
ST. LOUIS- Host the Redskins and RGIII in week 2. First look at a major mistake/regret? Play home game in London against the Pats.
SAN DIEGO- 5 of first 10 games are division games, so we’ll know where they stand in that regard.
SAN FRANCISCO- 3 consecutive home games in October and 5 of 6 games at home around the bye week.
SEATTLE- Matt Flynn versus the Packers in week 3 at home.
TENNESSEE- 4 of final 6 games are in the division, including twice against Jags.
WASHINGTON- Ugh. Home folks don’t see RGIII until week 3. 5 of last 7 games are in the division. Thanksgiving in Dallas.