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Bad things come in threes on schedule

Seven teams must deal with the burden of three consecutive road games in 2011

Originally Published: April 20, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

To its credit, the NFL tweaks the way it does its schedule each year.

Of course, no schedule-maker can compensate for labor problems. If the lockout continues until August, the quality of play will suffer and only the teams with established coaches, systems and quarterbacks will be good. The 2011 season will be a write-off.

But if both sides can reach an agreement or Judge Susan Richard Nelson lifts the lockout, then the scheduling formula has a chance ...

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