This week sees the several valuable NFL commodities earn their initial destinations as the next landmark on the path to the 2022 season.
Yes, the coming, oft-discussed and analyzed draft in Las Vegas will provide several landing places for the stars yet to arrive. But, we’re going to leave the draft behind, if only for a short while, to analyze a far more predictable but apparently equally exciting affiar: the release of the regular season schedule.
Perhaps nothing showcases the stranglehold the NFL has on the American imagination than the release of the yearly ledger. It’s hardly akin to Selection Sunday’s bracket of surprises – provided the league doesn’t expand beyond its current 32 teams, all but three of their 17 matchups for the foreseeable future are predetermined.