The NFL‘s regular-season schedule for 2023 is now officially out, and there have been a few changes.
One significant change is the fact that not all teams were guaranteed at least one primetime game this coming season.
As a result, the Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, and Indianapolis Colts will not have any primetime games this fall and winter.
Amount of primetime games by team:
6: KC, LAC, BUF, DAL
5: NYJ, GB, MIN, LV, PHI, SF
4: DET, CHI, DEN, BAL, CIN, NYG, NE, PIT
3: NO, SEA, JAX, MIA
2: TB, CLE, TEN, CAR, LAR
0: HOU, ATL, ARZ, IND
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At first glance, it seems understandable, as all four squads have a lack of star power, and one would therefore feel that fans outside of those markets will not be interested in watching those teams play.
On the other hand, there will be things to watch with all of them.
The Texans drafted C.J. Stroud at No. 2 last month, and they also traded up to receive the No. 3 selection, which they used on linebacker Will Anderson Jr.
Atlanta decided to go for it and take Texas running back Bijan Robinson, a player who many feel is dripping with star potential.
Once quarterback Kyler Murray, a two-time Pro Bowler, returns from the torn ACL he sustained late last season, he will continue to be an interesting player to watch, especially with new head coach Jonathan Gannon by his side.
The Colts are an interesting omission from the primetime schedule, as they have one of the league’s best running backs in Jonathan Taylor and a potential-laden rookie QB in Anthony Richardson.
Let the countdown to Week 1 of the regular season begin — it’s only about four months away.
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