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A few more NFC West schedule notes

4/18/2012

Additional 2012 NFC West schedule notes, from ESPN Stats & Information:

Arizona Cardinals

  • A Week 8 game against San Francisco means the Cardinals will have played the 49ers in each of their past three Monday night games (lost in 2010, won in 2008).

  • The Cardinals play one 2011 playoff team during Weeks 1-7, then three in a row from Weeks 8-11 (with a bye in Week 9).

San Francisco 49ers

  • The first three games are against NFC North teams.

  • They have one road game from Weeks 5-11.

  • They have five prime-time games, tied for most in the NFL and up from two last season.

  • The opener gives the 49ers a chance to break eight-game road losing streak to Green Bay, counting playoffs (they have not defeated the Packers on the road since 1990).

Seattle Seahawks

  • A six-game stretch from Weeks 3-8 features only two home games, both against elite quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady).

  • They play seven of their final eight games against teams that missed the playoffs in 2011.

St. Louis Rams

  • They play the 49ers twice in a four-week span from Weeks 10-13, then play three of their final four on the road.

  • The Rams have just seven games in the Edward Jones Dome, thanks to London trip.

We knew a couple of those already. I hadn't noticed when Arizona and Seattle were scheduled to play mostly or completely against teams failing to make the playoffs last season.