With the first round playoff series in the NBA nearing their conclusion, it is a good time to revisit the 2014 NFL season schedule that was released last week.
The defending Super Bowl champions usually are seen by the public more often than other teams as they often appear in a number of primetime games. This season the Seattle Seahawks will be in four primetime games, but only one is at home.
In addition, Seattle will play against three teams that were in the playoff this past season to start the 2014 season. The Seahawks also have to finish their regular season with 6 of their final 7 games against division opponents.
Added to that, the Seahawks have a stretch that runs from November 16 thru December 21 where they will play six consecutive games versus opponents that won 10 games or more last season.
In that stretch, the Seahawks will play the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving and again just two weeks later.
Nevertheless, the Seahawks remain at the top of the Super Bowl futures on Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com.
The runner up to the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos do not have a walk in the park with their schedule either.
Denver’s opening three games will be against playoff teams from last season. The Broncos will play three games in a 12-day span from October 12th through the 23rd.
The division the Broncos play this season in inter-conference play will be the NFC West, which is one of the toughest in the NFL with Seattle, San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis.
According to data taken from Bovada and betonline, Denver is just 2-7 SU and ATS versus teams from the NFC West over the past 8 seasons and 0-4 SU and ATS over the past 4 games including their loss last season in the Super Bowl to Seattle.
Thirty-three of the final 48 games during the final three weeks of the regular season will be division games, making the playoff races more interesting down the stretch.
A Thursday repeat takes place this season between Chicago and Dallas. The two NFC rivals will play on Thanksgiving Day and head to head the following Thursday.
Many bettors check out the schedule prior to the opening week and circle games they know will be important and likely worth seeing.
This season there are a number of good matchups
Week 3 Peyton Manning and his Broncos play Seattle.
In Week’s 3 and 16, DeSean Jackson and the Redskins take on his former team the Philadelphia Eagles.
In week 4, Steve Smith will play against his former teammates the Carolina Panthers.
In week 15, Chris Johnson will play against Tennessee.
The Oakland Raiders play one of the toughest schedules of all with their opponents having a combined .578 winning percentage.
They will not get any sympathy from St. Louis as the Rams play a stretch of 8 games of which 7 are against playoff teams from last season.
And, in what could be the worst stretch of all, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go on the road to face Atlanta, Pittsburgh and New Orleans in a row.