NFL adds “rest disparity” as a formal factor to scheduling process

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For years, teams and fans have grumbled about games against opposing teams that have had extra rest, whether from a bye week or a Thursday night. This year, the grumbling has been reduced, possibly because for the first time the NFL officially considered that issue when crafting the slate of 256 games.

Via Peter King of SI.com, Charlotte Carey (a member of the four-person scheduling team) added “rest disparity” to the equation. The NFL came up with a number for every team based on combined days of rest for the team and for its opponents.

Last year, the Giants’ opponents had 22 more days of rest than the Giants. This year, the biggest negative rest disparity is minus-11. The Giants this year are at minus-eight.

King doesn’t mention the team that has a minus-11, and the item doesn’t mention which team(s) have the highest positive rest disparity. If any ambitious member of the #PFTPMPosse wants to figure these out and let us take credit for your work (as long as it’s accurate), feel free.

20 responses to “NFL adds “rest disparity” as a formal factor to scheduling process

  1. A Thursday game should only come after a Bye-week. If “player safety” is paramount as the NFL Office proclaims, that solution is so obvious that you know the NFL is mismanaged to not have done it by now.

  2. My God! The NFL actually listened to someone not located at 345 Park Ave.

    This is unheard of, new ground.

    Ratings collapse may have issued a new era.

    They WOKE up. LOL

  3. When you start making all kinds of rules about proper tackling for the sake of player safety, but ignore the fact that guys aren’t getting enough downtime between games you just look stupid.

    This HAD to happen.

    Hopefully next thing to disappear is those God AWFUL Thursday night games. It’s B grade football that the frankly the players want NOTHING to do with.

  4. Thursday games should come after bye weeks! Plus there needs to be another bye week for teams. The NFL wants fans to be engaged longer and stretching out the season a bit more helps.

  5. I guess they haven’t figured out yet that the simplest way to get rid of this disparity is to end the weekly Thursday night games.

    Of course, the sole purpose of those games is to promote the league’s television network. Letting the nation know that the NFL Network actually exists and televises live games is far more important than getting rid of this disparity, or player safety.

  6. exinsidetrader says: “If ‘player safety’ is paramount as the NFL Office proclaims, that solution is so obvious that you know the NFL is mismanaged to not have done it by now.”
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    Thursday Night Football has statisically LESS injuries per game than both Sunday AND Monday games over the last 10 years.

    And the players have to be willing to give up their cut of the $600m TNF contract, which is an EXTRA $170,000 per player ($600m x 48% cut / 1,696 players). Not happening.

  7. catfanatic1979v1 says:
    April 20, 2018 at 7:56 am
    Thursday games should come after bye weeks! Plus there needs to be another bye week for teams. The NFL wants fans to be engaged longer and stretching out the season a bit more helps.
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    Yep. We hear all the time that it’s “too difficult” to schedule the Thursday games after a bye week – so why not add another bye week, like you say? More rest later in the season helps everyone. And I agree with most people, Thursday night football isn’t a necessary addition. They could lose that and most fans wouldn’t care.

  8. akira554 says:
    April 20, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Thursday Night Football has statisically LESS injuries per game than both Sunday AND Monday games over the last 10 years.

    And the players have to be willing to give up their cut of the $600m TNF contract, which is an EXTRA $170,000 per player ($600m x 48% cut / 1,696 players). Not happening.
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    You are missing the point: Not having proper recovery damages the players for the rest of year, not just in the next game. The solution of only playing a Thursday game (if you are going to have them at all) after a bye-week is so obvious that I don’t understand your objection and attempted rationalization of the opposite.

  9. .
    then why are thursday games on the schedule.
    get rid of them.
    It’s just blatantly ignorant to suddenly say all this but ignore the whole thursday game thing.

  10. exinsidetrader says: “Not having proper recovery damages the players for the rest of year, not just in the next game. The solution of only playing a Thursday game (if you are going to have them at all) after a bye-week is so obvious that I don’t understand your objection and attempted rationalization of the opposite.”
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    …And the players have a full 10 days recovery time after a TNF game, which many players actually love the mini-bye. But that doesn’t create controversy for the media or fans to argue about.

    As for not scheduling it after a bye week is to prevent highly unfair disadvantage to teams playing weeks 1-3 and 13-17. Plain and simple why it doesn’t work.

  11. I just cannot understand why the NFL doesn’t just start a week or two earlier ( exhibition games seem to be
    unimportant to teams ..particularly the 4th one)
    This way the NFL could have 2 bye weeks enabling teams to have
    a week off before a Thursday game.
    Goodell talks about player safety as if it is the
    number one priority, however, it is all talk.
    Players hate Thursday games. Make it easier on
    the players have 2 bye weeks ..how could it hurt
    the ratings?

  12. I think back to the Thursday night game with Seattle. Players could barely walk after the game and many were knocked out of the game. Thursday night games are not going away and players and owners are not willing to give up the money. So, let’s come up with the best and fairest solution.

  13. Here’s the final count for those tracking at home

    Arizona: +12
    Atlanta: +2
    Baltimore: -1
    Buffalo: +6
    Carolina: -2
    Chicago: +4
    Cincinnati: -5
    Cleveland: -1
    Dallas: -3
    Denver: +4
    Detroit: -7
    Green Bay: +9
    Houston: +10
    Indianapolis: -11
    Jacksonville: -9
    Kansas City: -4
    LA Chargers: +7
    LA Rams: 0
    Miami: -2
    Minnesota: +6
    New England: +3
    New Orleans: -6
    NY Giants: -7
    NY Jets: 0
    Oakland: -2
    Philadelphia: +3
    Pittsburgh: +10
    San Francisco: -1
    Seattle: -5
    Tampa Bay: -4
    Tennessee: +1
    Washington: -7

    Arizona has the biggest advantage and Indianapolis has the biggest disadvantage.

    Double checked and all of it evens out to 0 (I can do math, unlike ESPN) #PFTPMPosse

  14. ” Thursday games should come after bye weeks! ”

    Well, bye weeks start at week 3 and end at week 11, so you would not have TNF for those weeks at the beginning and end of the season. That is, unless you want your teams to have a week-2 or week-16 bye week.

    By rule, they need TNF for all weeks so that every team gets an equal “chance” [punishment] of a TNF game. Otherwise, how do you explain NFL paperbag bowls like Jets vs Browns, or Jags vs Titans prime time games with those horrendous “color block” uniforms?

  15. How about travel disparity as well. Week 4 my Vikings are in LA and Week 5 are in Philly. Then Week 13 is in NE and Week 14 is in Seattle. I’m sure there are worse examples.

  16. For years, teams and fans have grumbled about games against opposing teams that have had extra rest, whether from a bye week or a Thursday night.
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    Wahhaaaaaaa cry me a river. shut up and be glad that anyone is still interested in your product.

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