Kent Tukeli |  Wed 06/09/2017 - 11:53 EDT

NFL Team Schedules: These Four Franchises Will Struggle in 2017

NFL Team Schedules: These Four Franchises Will Struggle in 2017
All NFL team schedules follow the same formula, ensuring that every franchise faces a mix of division rivals and squads from the other conference. This creates significant disadvantages for teams who happen to line up against high-quality competition throughout the regular season. The NFL also forces teams to play outside of the US, erasing a home game while increasing mileage. Tough schedules in 2017 will challenge these four franchises with playoff aspirations.

Dallas Cowboys

Opposition Record: 134-118-4 (.531)

Jerry Jones’ squad will deal with an above average difficulty based on opposing winning records. The Cowboys play out of a stacked NFC East, facing the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins twice. All four franchises are good enough to earn consideration as playoff contenders, even if one of these teams will be forced to miss the postseason.

As such, six of sixteen games will feature clashes with strong divisional rivals. However, the real challenge facing the Dallas Cowboys would be the timing of their matchups. Three of their last four games will be on the road, against the Giants, Eagles and Raiders. Their only home game in December will be against the Seattle Seahawks – on Christmas Eve. Before this four-game run, the Cowboys play twice in four days in late November, against the Eagles and the L.A. Chargers. 

The beginning of their schedule isn’t easy either, with matchups against the Giants, Broncos, Packers and Cardinals. The only break the Cowboys will enjoy will be week six and seven, which features a bye followed by a match against the San Francisco 49ers. There’s a good chance that Dallas plays in prime time five or six times in 2017, further muddying the schedule.

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August 2017 (4)
Thu 3 Dallas Cowboys 20 - 18 Cardinals -135 +115 Odds
Sat 12 Dallas Cowboys 10 - 13 Los Angeles Rams -125 +105 Odds
Sat 19 Colts 19 - 24 Dallas Cowboys +194 -213 Odds
Sat 26 Oakland Raiders 20 - 24 Dallas Cowboys +158 -169 Odds
September 2017 (3)
Sun 10 New York Giants 3 - 19 Dallas Cowboys Odds
Sun 17 Dallas Cowboys 17 - 42 Denver Broncos -141 +120 Odds
Mon 25 Dallas Cowboys 28 - 17 Cardinals -152 +130 Odds
October 2017 (4)
Sun 1 Los Angeles Rams 35 - 30 Dallas Cowboys +220 -233 Odds
Sun 8 Packers 16:25 Dallas Cowboys +110 -130 Odds
Sun 22 Dallas Cowboys 16:05 49ers
Sun 29 Dallas Cowboys 16:25 Redskins Odds
November 2017 (5)
Sun 5 Chiefs 16:25 Dallas Cowboys Odds
Sun 12 Dallas Cowboys 16:25 Atlanta Falcons Odds
Sun 19 Eagles 20:30 Dallas Cowboys Odds
Thu 23 Chargers 16:30 Dallas Cowboys Odds
Thu 30 Redskins 20:25 Dallas Cowboys Odds
December 2017 (4)
Sun 10 Dallas Cowboys 16:25 New York Giants Odds
Sun 17 Dallas Cowboys 20:30 Oakland Raiders Odds
Sun 24 Seattle Seahawks 16:25 Dallas Cowboys Odds
Sun 31 Dallas Cowboys 13:00 Eagles

Oakland Raiders

Opposition Record: 144-111-1 (.564)

Oakland expects to make a big run in the NFL playoffs this year, but they’ll have to fight through an extremely difficult schedule to do so. This team already faces uncertainty as a franchise, and losing a home game on a trip to Mexico will be more disruptive than usual. Raiders fans want to enjoy as many home games as possible before the move to Las Vegas, making this international match even more frustrating. The good news is the fact that more Oakland fans will make the trip to Mexico City than New England Patriots boosters. The bad news: they must play New England.

The Broncos and Chiefs represent tough divisional rivals, and the Chargers have an outside shot of playing better than expected. After their bye week, Oakland faces the Patriots, Broncos, Giants, Chiefs, Cowboys and Eagles. Oakland needs to be in top form during this stretch, or risk falling from a divisional favorite into a wild card situation. If the Raiders don’t start the season strong, there’s little chance for them to make up ground during the latter half of their schedule.

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August 2017 (4)
Sat 12 Oakland Raiders 10 - 20 Cardinals +177 -192 Odds
Sat 19 Los Angeles Rams 24 - 21 Oakland Raiders +150 -161 Odds
Sat 26 Oakland Raiders 20 - 24 Dallas Cowboys +158 -169 Odds
Thu 31 Seattle Seahawks 17 - 13 Oakland Raiders -156 +135 Odds
September 2017 (3)
Sun 10 Oakland Raiders 26 - 16 Tennessee Titans +120 -141 Odds
Sun 17 New York Jets 20 - 45 Oakland Raiders +600 -909 Odds
Sun 24 Oakland Raiders 10 - 27 Redskins -185 +170 Odds
October 2017 (5)
Sun 1 Oakland Raiders 10 - 16 Denver Broncos +167 -192 Odds
Sun 8 Baltimore Ravens 16:05 Oakland Raiders Odds
Sun 15 Chargers 16:25 Oakland Raiders Odds
Thu 19 Chiefs 20:25 Oakland Raiders Odds
Sun 29 Oakland Raiders 13:00 Buffalo Bills Odds
November 2017 (3)
Sun 5 Oakland Raiders 20:30 Miami Dolphins Odds
Sun 19 Patriots 16:25 Oakland Raiders Odds
Sun 26 Denver Broncos 16:25 Oakland Raiders Odds
December 2017 (5)
Sun 3 New York Giants 16:25 Oakland Raiders Odds
Sun 10 Oakland Raiders 13:00 Chiefs Odds
Sun 17 Dallas Cowboys 20:30 Oakland Raiders Odds
Mon 25 Oakland Raiders 20:30 Eagles Odds
Sun 31 Oakland Raiders 16:25 Chargers

Denver Broncos

Opposition Record: 147-107-2 (.578)

In terms of winning percentage, the Denver Broncos have the most difficult schedule in the NFL. Their opposition will have a collective record of 40 games above .500, including eight teams that won ten or more games in 2016.

Denver also avoids playing the 49ers, Browns, Rams and Jaguars, four of the worst in the league. Similar to AFC West rival Oakland, part of the tough schedule revolves around the quality of their division. Denver’s schedule features five straight home games, which would normally be a positive, but they deal with the Cowboys, Raiders and Giants during that stretch. A slow start to the season, along with an early bye week, could quickly lasso the Broncos in 2017.

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August 2017 (4)
Thu 10 Denver Broncos 24 - 17 Chicago Bears +110 -125 Odds
Sat 19 Denver Broncos 33 - 14 49ers +140 -161 Odds
Sat 26 Packers 17 - 20 Denver Broncos +140 -149 Odds
Thu 31 Cardinals 2 - 30 Denver Broncos +130 -128 Odds
September 2017 (3)
Mon 11 Chargers 21 - 24 Denver Broncos +130 -152 Odds
Sun 17 Dallas Cowboys 17 - 42 Denver Broncos -141 +120 Odds
Sun 24 Denver Broncos 16 - 26 Buffalo Bills -175 +165 Odds
October 2017 (4)
Sun 1 Oakland Raiders 10 - 16 Denver Broncos +167 -192 Odds
Sun 15 New York Giants 20:30 Denver Broncos Odds
Sun 22 Denver Broncos 16:25 Chargers Odds
Mon 30 Denver Broncos 20:30 Chiefs Odds
November 2017 (4)
Sun 5 Denver Broncos 13:00 Eagles Odds
Sun 12 Patriots 20:30 Denver Broncos Odds
Sun 19 Bengals 16:25 Denver Broncos Odds
Sun 26 Denver Broncos 16:25 Oakland Raiders Odds
December 2017 (5)
Sun 3 Denver Broncos 13:00 Miami Dolphins
Sun 10 New York Jets 16:05 Denver Broncos
Thu 14 Denver Broncos 20:25 Colts
Sun 24 Denver Broncos 13:00 Redskins
Sun 31 Chiefs 16:25 Denver Broncos

Miami Dolphins

Opposition Record: 140-116-0 (.547)

Looks like Hurricane Irma will give the Dolphins the worst schedule in the NFL. Their week one matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be postponed to week eleven due to natural disaster, because both teams happen to share the same bye. This would destroy the week of rest that every franchise needs to heal during the season. The Dolphins really could’ve used that bye week – they play Super Bowl champs New England twice in three weeks after week eleven. Before then, they face Atlanta, Baltimore Oakland and Carolina, with a week-seven game against the Jets their only favorable matchup. Jay Cutler has his work cut out for him.

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August 2017 (4)
Thu 10 Atlanta Falcons 20 - 23 Miami Dolphins +118 -105 Odds
Thu 17 Baltimore Ravens 31 - 7 Miami Dolphins +135 -145 Odds
Thu 24 Miami Dolphins 31 - 38 Eagles +140 -154 Odds
Thu 31 Miami Dolphins 30 - 9 Vikings +160 -161 Odds
September 2017 (3)
Sun 10 Buccaneers 13:00 Miami Dolphins -110 +121 Odds
Sun 17 Miami Dolphins 19 - 17 Chargers +165 -185 Odds
Sun 24 Miami Dolphins 6 - 20 New York Jets -217 +210 Odds
October 2017 (5)
Sun 1 Saints 20 - 0 Miami Dolphins -185 +170 Odds
Sun 8 Tennessee Titans 13:00 Miami Dolphins Odds
Sun 15 Miami Dolphins 13:00 Atlanta Falcons
Sun 22 New York Jets 13:00 Miami Dolphins
Thu 26 Miami Dolphins 20:25 Baltimore Ravens Odds
November 2017 (4)
Sun 5 Oakland Raiders 20:30 Miami Dolphins Odds
Mon 13 Miami Dolphins 20:30 Panthers Odds
Sun 19 Buccaneers 13:00 Miami Dolphins
Sun 26 Miami Dolphins 13:00 Patriots
December 2017 (5)
Sun 3 Denver Broncos 13:00 Miami Dolphins
Mon 11 Patriots 20:30 Miami Dolphins Odds
Sun 17 Miami Dolphins 13:00 Buffalo Bills
Sun 24 Miami Dolphins 13:00 Chiefs
Sun 31 Buffalo Bills 13:00 Miami Dolphins

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