The 2018 NFL schedule is not created equal for all teams. While every NFL fan likes to think his or her favorite team got a raw deal from the league, in some cases, it’s actually true.
The quality of opponents from one season to the next is the biggest factor, but when and where games are played can combine to further stack the odds against teams with playoff aspirations.
Andy Reid is breaking in new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes with a brutal stretch early in the season. It starts with the Chargers and Steelers in consecutive road games. The first home game, against the rising 49ers, isn’t easy, with the Jaguars on deck at Arrowhead. The Broncos and Patriots make it four away games in the first six weeks.
The Packers face the strongest schedule in the NFL based on the combined winning percentage of last year’s opponents (.539). They face many of the same challenges the Vikings have in front of them, but the Packers draw the Redskins (away in Week 3) and Falcons (home in Week 14) instead of the Eagles and Saints.
All of Darnold’s issues are fixable, which is why he’s so alluring to NFL teams. A high-character, intelligent, strong-armed, mobile and confident passer, his flashes of great anticipation, pocket quickness and finishing ability on the perimeter speak to his upside.
Many NFL teams feel Darnold could have used another year in college, but they won’t let an elite talent like him last beyond the top five picks. Regardless, his turnovers were issues at USC, and he’ll need to clean them up early in his pro career.
It’s easy to see the negatives with Allen, and his accuracy issues go beyond a mediocre supporting cast in college. He rushes through progressions, leaves the pocket too quick at times and has room for improvement in footwork and mechanics.
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