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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Deeper look at 2012 NFC West schedules

By Mike Sando


Every NFL coach would covet additional time to prepare for an opponent.

With that in mind, I went through NFC West schedules to see how many times teams from the division had more days than their opponents to prepare. I also looked for the reverse.

The time between the final exhibition games and the regular-season openers did not factor because teams have all offseason to prepare for their Week 1 opponents.

The chart shows how many favorable and unfavorable weeks each team faces, and the gap in total days of preparation.

For example, the Cardinals have two games with more time than their opponents to prepare and three games with fewer days. They are plus-three in total days of additional preparation for the season.

A look at the findings:
Enjoy your Wednesday. I'll be away from the blog for several hours while my kids take me to the movies for my birthday. They already have an appreciation for smart, sophisticated comedy, which is why we're going to see the new "Three Stooges" flick.

I can hardly wait to read your wise cracks in the comments.

Update: Thanks for all the happy birthday wishes. Much enjoyment from the Stooges. The boys and I were howling. My wife was laughing at us. She has practice.