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Pros and Cons of our 2014 schedule

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PROS

-No team has a bye week before playing us (no team has a bye week before playing the Falcons either), while both the Saints and Bucs have two teams with bye weeks before playing them. The two teams with bye weeks before playing the Saints have them in the two straight weeks before we play the Saints in New Orleans, wearing them out for us (Saints host Ravens for MNF with Ravens coming off bye week before Saints play @Pittsburgh six days later with the Steelers coming off a bye week, then the Saints host us). The Bucs also have to play back-to-back games against teams coming off bye weeks: Falcons then @Redskins

-we get 14 days to prepare for @Minnesota, while they only get 7

-we get 11 days to prepare for our MNF game @Philadelphia, while they only get 8

-we get 7 days to prepare for Lions in BOA, while they only get 6

CONS

-we get 6 days to prepare for the Falcons at BOA, while they get 7

-we get 7 days to prepare for Steelers at BOA, while they get 10

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE

-the Bucs and us both get 10 days to prepare for each other for the season opener @Tampa

-the Saints and us both only have 4 days to prepare for each other for Thursday Night Football at BOA

what else?

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CON - We play the Saints 4 days after playing the Seahawks.

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Matt Ryan wears braided belts.

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Play in Minnesota November 30th... Could be ugly outside and then those games are usually a toss up

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As someone who occasionally dabbles in sports betting, some teams (coaches) are better at taking advantage of extra practice and scouting days.  Some work better on a less varied, more structured schedule.  

 

Guess which category Rivera falls into?

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PRO:  We play Bucs first week of the season.  New coach, new system and some new players.  Best match-up during week 1 that we could have hoped for.

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As someone who occasionally dabbles in sports betting, some teams (coaches) are better at taking advantage of extra practice and scouting days. Some work better on a less varied, more structured schedule.

Guess which category Rivera falls into?

I would never bet against the Panthers but I also would never take them week 1 or after a bye.

Team looked like poo 2 years ago in Tampa week 1

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Our schedule is tough due to opponents, but I was screaming for joy the day our schedule came out and still am.

The Seahawks @1 PM EST the week after the @Rams DL wears them down is fantastic.

Staying home for those four days while the Saints have to travel is fantastic.

Not have to go to Green Bay or Cincy in the bitter cold is fantastic.

Playing @Minnesota makes no difference. We are simply a much better football team, our front 7 can handle Peterson, and their young weapons (Paterson, Rudolph, and vets Jennings and Simpson) will have Cassel or the physically weak rookie Bridgewater throwing to them in the cold in Mike Zimmers new passing offense. We should win that football game on paper. Easily.

The ONLY thing that sucks, IMHO, is opening and closing on the road.

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