Quick look at 2011′s schedule

As most know, the NFL schedule is out, so it is time to try to break it down from a fantasy perspective. After the draft, I will assign a number grade for each team defense against the run and the pass and compare each team’s schedules using those numbers. While those grades will be tougher to hand out this year and could change somewhat dramatically once free agency occurs, it’s a good way to project strength of schedule rather than going off of last year’s numbers.

However, as I do each year once the schedule comes out, I like to get a look at the schedule based on 2010’s numbers. That exercise may be more viable this year, since teams may not change quite as much personnel-wise given the circumstances with the labor situation. Of course, that factor might be offset by the fact that there are a lot of coaching changes this year (a ton of coordinator changes).

But my sense is SOS may be a little more important this year, so let’s take a look at each team’s schedule and how it looks for QBs (passing) and RBs (rushing). These rankings are for our site default scoring system, which is [...]

Looking at lockout effects for all 32 teams

Today is April 6th, and it is a big day in the NFL. Today is the day the injunction hearing in front of Judge Susan Nelson in Minnesota commences, so we should finally get some news related to this labor strife in the coming days. Granted, we won’t get a resolution, but we’ll get news as soon as this week.

I’ve grown very weary of following all this, but lately I haven’t been all that concerned. I may be misguided, but I’m still 99% convinced there will be a season. To me it’s just a question of how much more of the off-season will be interrupted. Right now, it’s 99% there will be no free agency before the draft, so things have been interrupted already, and significantly so. My initial prediction around the first of the year was that this thing will be settled in mid-to-late May, and that could happen if the players win this first round of the courtroom battle and also win the appeal, which could come down 4-6 weeks after the initial ruling. We’ll see if I’m correct, and no one knows how this thing will play out, but with the off-season already being adversely affected, my [...]

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