NFL ready to release long-awaited schedule
Although the schedule isn't everything in determining the fate of an NFL team, it means a lot more than coaches want to admit.
SportsCenter Special: 2007 NFL Schedule Release ESPN will have the release of the 2007 schedule covered, with a special edition of SportsCenter today (1-3 ET, ESPN). Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Darren Woodson will be on set to break down the schedule. Also appearing on the show to offer analysis will be Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser and Chris Mortensen. Guests will include Tony Dungy and Joey Porter.
Those who are traveling spring to their phones in order to book hotel rooms, particularly for some of the hard-to-get hotels over busy fall weekends. Other fans rush to book air travel. Teams scramble to get the right hotel locations.
NFL schedule sneak peek NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the following games for the 2007 NFL schedule last month.Week 1
Thursday Night: Saints at Colts (NBC)
Sunday: Bears at Chargers (FOX)
Sunday Night: Giants at Cowboys (NBC)
Monday Night: Ravens at Bengals and Cardinals at 49ers (ESPN doubleheader)Thanksgiving
Packers at Lions (FOX)
Jets at Cowboys (CBS)
Colts at Falcons (NFL Network)
The newest twist involves the additional night games and flexible scheduling. The eight Thursday or Saturday games given to The NFL Network, plus NBC's post-Thanksgiving ability to move Sunday day games into the night also can have a big impact. NFL players and coaches love consistency, but the weekly challenge of playing a day game one week and a night game the next tends to mentally wear on a team.
Those stories will be unveiled Wednesday.
John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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