Well, I've had a chance to digest it now and here are my thoughts. First of all, I think this may have been my best mock/prediction ever on the schedule. I posted mine on page 3 of this thread on Feb. 6th. Here it is:
9-10-17 (Sun, 1:00): Eagles
9-17-17: (Sun, 1:00): at Saints
9-21-17: (Thur, 8:30): Giants
10-1-17: (Sun, 4:25): at Seahawks
10-15-17: (Sun, 8:30): at Cowboys
10-22-17: (Sun, 1:00): 49ers
10-30-17: (Mon, 8:30): at Eagles
11-5-17: (Sun, 1:00): Raiders
11-12-17: (Sun, 4:25): at Giants
11-20-17: (Mon, 8:30): Vikings
11-26-17: (Sun, 1:00): Cardinals
12-3-17: (Sun, 4:25): at Rams
12-10-17: (Sun, 4:05): at Chargers
12-17-17: (Sun, 1:00): Broncos
12-24-17: (Sun, 1:00): at Chiefs
12-31-17: (Sun, TBD): Cowboys
Got off to a good start by nailing the opener, including start time. Also got the BYE week exact. Missed both the Niners game and the game at Philly by one week-- I did correctly predict that at Philly would be on MNF. Got the Chargers came correct including the 4:05 start time and was one week off on the Broncos game. Had the Vikings and Saints games placed in the middle of schedule which is where they wound up. Missed the finale and was well off on the Raiders, Chiefs, and Rams games. All in all, not too shabby.
1. Happens every year, but there is no sense at all in claiming this to be a "brutal" schedule. I mean, who knows. That is all based on what happened last year and as we know the NFL flip-flops year to year more than any other league. Last year we freaked out over those late season games with Arizona and Carolina and while we wound up losing both of those, they weren't "brutal" games at all-- those were two subpar teams last year. This year, who knows-- maybe the Chiefs and Raiders won't be as tough as we think-- maybe the Saints are way tougher.
2. I see nothing that jumps out at me as unfair or harsh. The Giants are freaking out over their schedule, so we can maybe put the conspiracies to bed. It's odd that we only have one back to back home stretch and one back to back road stretch. Otherwise, the games are very evenly slated in terms of home/road.
3. Surprised by the 6 National TV games with 5 of them being primetime. I thought we'd get 3 primetime and maybe one national Sunday game. Ratings were down last year and league went all in on the sure-bets this year. Skins play in the NFC East and probably not a great chance we totally suck this year (hopefully). Also note that all 5 primetime games are non-flexible. None of them can move. We are still eligible to get picked up for one more Sunday Night game.
4. Been awhile since we got that stand-alone late Sunday afternoon "game of the week." Looking forward to that one against Dallas in late October. Racking my brain, I cannot remember the last time we played Dallas at home in the late Sunday slot that WASN'T the last game of the year. And I really can't remember the last time we played them in that slot mid-season at home. If I'm really bored, I might look into that later.
5. I dislike the 1pm Sunday starts- I prefer late Sunday and I also like the primetime games. I like to remain in a good mood and enjoy football as long as possible each Sunday/weekend. 1pm Sunday always feels like the undercard to me. Past few years, we've been very 1pm heavy. This year, that is a big difference. With all of the primetime and west coast games.... I am loving we have only 7 1pm starts scheduled and three of those are the final three weeks of the season. So only four 1pm games until Dec. 17th. Loving that. And those games may very well move if they mean anything-- especially the NYE game with the Giants.
6. I love going to games and making trips. I might try for three this year. Lots of good options... went to KC in 2005 and loved it. Easy trip for me so that's on the radar as is New Orleans and possibly the Chargers.