Scheduling in the NFL is Questionable

The NFL does not want be thought of as partisan but there has been a call for a long time that certain teams are given preferential treatment when it comes to scheduling, especially the primetime games.

When taking a deeper look into the scheduling of the NFL particularly the primetime games, there are a few teams that stand out. Those teams over the past couple of seasons have had a clear advantage.

New Orleans has played at home in seven primetime games (not including Thursday games) and played on the road in just 2. Atlanta has played at home in six and on the road in four. Tampa Bay has played at home in three, while not playing on the road in any. Seattle has played at home in four and one on the road.

There have also been teams that have had to travel for as many as three more primetime games, excluding Thursday, than they have hosted the past three seasons. Those teams included Chicago, Indianapolis, Houston, Miami and Minnesota.

Bovada and sportsbook.com data shows that Seattle and New Orleans are two of the teams that have played more of the primetime games at home. Now this might not be a huge advantage to some teams, but the Seahawks and Saints have huge advantages at home.

Seattle has played in four primetime games at home and one on the road and are 4-0 straight up and against the number at home according information from topbet and betonline.

New Orleans in their 7 games on primetime at home is 7-0 SU and ATS, while on the road is 0-2 SU and ATS.

While the teams named previously seem to have benefited unfairly from scheduling, perhaps the Falcons and Ravens have had the biggest advantage as it pertains to scheduling in prime time the past couple of seasons.

A team playing at home on Thursday night has the biggest edge over every other team in the NFL. Baltimore and Atlanta have played three home games on Thursday and traveled for none over the past three seasons, while the majority of the league has played one or more road games that home games on Thursday over the same period of three seasons.

Then it is not surprisingly that the two teams have combined for a straight up record of 5-1 in their six home games on Thursday.

New Orleans in primetime over the past three seasons is 7-0 SU and ATS playing at home with an average winning margin of 26 points. On the road, the Saints are 0-2 SU and ATS with a losing margin of 24 points per game.

Seattle is 4-0 SU and ATS in 4 home games in primetime winning by an average of 18 points per game. On the road, the Seahawks are 1-0 SU and 0-1 ATS playing on the road in primetime winning by an average of 5 points.

The 2014 NFL schedule is due to be released this week and earlier bettors might want to look see if Seattle and New Orleans have primetime games at home and what the futures are on them if available.

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