If there's one thing for certain about the unveiling of the official 2015 NFL schedule, it's this: your team got screwed. Be it a tough strength of schedule, an early-season bye week, an inequitable lack of primetime games or too many cross-country flights, the NFL found some way to stack the deck against your beloved [fill in the blank]. Your city did something to personally piss off Roger Goodell, and he and the rest of his spiteful lackeys spent months finding just the right schedule equation to keep you out of the playoffs.
But some schedule stacking is of course more egregious than others. In order to zero in on the most glaring of these injustices, we went to our most reliable source: Angry People on Twitter.
The NFL's screwing over the champs with an early bye.
The Patriots drew the dreaded Week 4 bye, which means only one thing:
Week 4 bye is an obvious result of Pats fans showing shade at @nflcommish— Lobstabred (@Lobstabred) April 22, 2015
Such a tough break for the Pats, man. That early-season bye has historically been such a burden to Tom Bra...
The two other times that Tom Brady has had a Week 5 (or earlier) Bye Week, the Patriots have gone 14-2 (2004, 2010)— Rich Hill (@PP_Rich_Hill) April 22, 2015
Oh. Never mind.
The Steelers might as well just throw in the Terrible Towel now.
Basic strength of schedule rankings -- which are based solely on opponent records from the previous year -- are an almost meaningless statistic in a league which sees massive turnover every offseason. But that hasn't stopped fans of in Pittsburgh from whining about the Steelers' top-ranked SOS.
Nice to see the steelers get screwed by the nfl and have the toughest schedule for 2015 #fact— Liam Hanley (@BigLi23) April 22, 2015
Goodell loves Belichick: Pats allegedly open with Steelers, who will be without star LeVeon Bell. Of course.— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) April 21, 2015
#Steelers Toughest schedule in the league in 2015 and 3 of the last 4 on the road. Did a Rooney dump a Goodell?— Jon Linder (@LinderShowMiami) April 22, 2015
In fairness, the Steelers' schedule is daunting. They open in New England in primetime, have two trips to the West Coast and drew out-of-conference games against Arizona and Seattle.
Apparently Troy and Ike got a look at the schedule a week or so ago. #Steelers— David Todd (@DavidMTodd) April 22, 2015
The Bills deserve a home primetime game, dammit!
The folks in Buffalo were really hoping for a night game in Ralph Wilson.
If we seriously don't get a home Primetime game this season... #Bills— Alex Clouden (@alexclouden84) April 21, 2015
If the Bills don't get a home prime time game... pic.twitter.com/TPxZdGmFV1— Garret Wolowski (@garretw5) April 21, 2015
The good news: the Bills are playing in two primetime games in 2015. The bad news: one's in New England and the other's in New Jersey.
2 Bills Primetime games and BOTH are on the road. I hate the league office so much.— AKA Slippery Pete (@HoverHand14) April 21, 2015
@MatthewFairburn Not including the playoffs of course— Matt Crompton (@matt_crompton) April 22, 2015
Bless your heart.
Nobody wants to watch the Packers slaughter the Bears on Thanksgiving.
There's two camps of upset people here: Bears fans tired of playing in Lambeau in primetime and general NFL fans who'd rather spend their holiday doing something other than watch Jordy Nelson run 60-yard sprints through Chicago's secondary.
(The Packers won by a combined score of 93-31 in the two games last season, including a 41-point curb stomping in Green Bay.)
#NFLScheduleRelease Bears at Packers on Thanksgiving would mean 7 straight primetime kickoffs for the 2 rivals in games played at Lambeau,— Mitchell McLaughlin (@McLaughlinMitch) April 21, 2015
Such bs that the Bears never get primetime at home against the packers— Michael (@mikey_rascop13) April 21, 2015
Bears/Packers on Thanksgiving night? Wasn't last year's national TV laugh-riots enough to never schedule the Bears in primetime again??— Redrick Terry (@RedrickT) April 21, 2015
But hey, at least you'll be able to watch Brett Favre's awkward jersey retirement!
If Favre's number is retired Thanksgiving night, maybe Packers can hold another ceremony later in season for it to come out of retirement.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) April 21, 2015