Yes, it is schedule-release day

April, 18, 2013
4/18/13
9:58
AM ET
At 8 ET tonight, the NFL will release its 2013 regular-season schedule to great fanfare. Because each team's opponents are determined by formula, we have known for months which teams everyone will be playing and where. Tonight's announcement merely fills in the when, educating fans as to which games will be played and televised nationally in prime time and which weekends will be best for those annual road trips with the team.

I personally think there are some good clues to be gleaned about strength of schedule tonight once we see the way things lay out. This chart here purports to show strength of schedule for each team in the league (home and road), but those numbers are based on the way teams finished in 2012. And as we all know in the NFL, the way teams finished in 2012 tells us almost nothing at all about who will be good and who will be bad in 2013. Last year at this time, if you had the Colts on your schedule, it made your supposed "strength of schedule" weaker. The Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs.

So when the schedule comes out tonight, I look at the length and timing of road trips. Does a team have to go on the road and cross a few times zones more than once in December? How do the short weeks set up? Where do the bye weeks fall? Since we can't predict with much accuracy from this far out which teams will be contenders and which won't, it's worth considering the physical toll the NFL season takes on its teams and players and looking at schedule issues that could exacerbate that toll.

Otherwise, it's a guessing game. But to help prime you for the big announcement and get you ready for that schedule-release-show party you've been planning, here's a reminder of the 2013 opponents for each NFC East team:

Washington Redskins

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

New York Giants

Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Dallas Cowboys

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Philadelphia Eagles

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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