In a surprising development in April, Mike Tirico left ESPN for NBC Sports and, with the move, opened up a seat that few men have sat in. The play-by-play announcer’s chair for “Monday Night Football” had been held by Tirico since 2006, and it’s a prestigious title that a mere four men have ever held before — along with Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford and Al Michaels. The fifth man this season will be broadcasting institution Sean McDonough, who ascended quickly in the industry after growing up steeped in sports as the son of famed Boston Globe NFL writer Will McDonough and with two brothers who became executives in two different sports.
If you knew which teams had a tough schedule and which ones had it easy, you'd probably use that information to your advantage, wouldn't you? There's no doubt that matchups change because of injuries, worse-than-expected play and a lot more. But it's still better to go into your Fantasy draft knowing who's going to face defenses projected to be tough and who's getting a bunch of cupcake opponents. With that in mind I graded defensive units based on their current personnel and applied the results to the actual NFL schedule. This created a projected defense rank for every team's opponents, broken down by run and pass units. I then took that data, added all the quirks in the schedule, gave it some