Rumors are flying about the possible leak of the 2012 NFL schedule thanks to a blogspot site claiming to have accessed the schedule via a non-public area of NFL.com. The site has no history and offers little in the way of other details to instill any confidence in its accuracy.
One of the biggest problems is that the schedule actually looks plausible. The Thanksgiving Day games look right and even the supposed national television games make sense. Then again, these things are fairly predictable.
Lions fans may scan the schedule and have a beef with the way it is set up around Thanksgiving with the Lions hosting their annual Thursday game on a short week after playing in Arizona the week before. However, this isn’t out of the realm of possibility either. That’s exactly what happened in 2006. Playing five road games in a six week stretch including Thanksgiving does seem extreme and is the best piece of evidence to suggest this will not be the Lions schedule when the league officially announces it later this month.
Detroit Lions beat writer Dave Birkett checked with the NFL and was told that the schedule is not yet set so this “leak” isn’t legit. Pro Football Talk is also reporting that it’s a fake. The league announced last season’s schedule on April 19 – two Tuesdays before the draft. Using that as an example, we can expect the officially announcement sometime around April 17.