Which Former Alabama QB has the Hardest Schedule?
The 2023 NFL season is four months away and rookie training camp has just started. On Thursday, the schedules for all 32 teams have been released and fans are determining who has the hardest schedule. Some teams like the Falcons got lucky but how did the teams of all the former Alabama quarterbacks fair out?
According to the NFL, three out of the four Alabama starting quarterbacks have a top-five hardest schedule this upcoming year. Out of all the former Alabama quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles have the hardest schedule this upcoming season.
The defending NFC Champions have to face the New York Giants twice, the Dallas Cowboys twice, the Miami Dolphins, the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills, the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets, and the Seattle Seahawks.
Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins come in as the second-hardest schedule this upcoming season. In a crucial year for the organization and Tua's future, the Dolphins play the New York Jets twice, the Buffalo Bills twice, the New England Patriots twice, the Los Angeles Chargers on the road, the Philadelphia Eagles on the road, the Kansas City Chiefs on the road, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Baltimore Ravens on the road to conclude their season
The bad luck continues for former Alabama quarterbacks as Mac Jones and the New England Patriots have the fourth-hardest schedule.
Not only do the Patriots play the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins twice a year, but they also have a rough out-of-division schedule. The Patriots' out-of-division schedule consists of going on the road to face the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Denver Broncos. The Patriots' home schedule this year consists of playing the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and the New Orleans Saints.
The only former Alabama quarterback that does not have a brutal schedule is incoming rookie Bryce Young. The former Heisman Trophy winner was taken No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers in last month's NFL draft. Unlike his former teammates such as Mac Jones, Young, and the Panthers have the sixth easiest schedule in the NFL. This is because they play in the NFC South which was by far the worst division in football last season.
In Young's first season as an NFL quarterback, he will have to face only four playoff teams on the road and three playoff teams at home. Some of the bigger games on the Panther's schedule will be facing the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3, the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4, the Miami Dolphins in Week 6, the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11, the Green Bay Packers in Week 16, and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17.
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