Patriots Asked NFL for Favor Ahead of Schedule Release

The New England Patriots reportedly have asked the NFL for one favor in regards to their 2024 schedule.
Apr 26, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots owner (L) Robert Kraft and president
Apr 26, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots owner (L) Robert Kraft and president / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Following the NFL draft, the next major event on the league's docket is the official schedule release for the 2024 season. It's rumored that could place as early as this upcoming week, and New England Patriots fans are buzzing with excitement to find out the official rundown of this upcoming campaign.

Ahead of the release, it turns out the Patriots have asked the league office for one special favor to help with travel in 2024.

ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that New England put in a special request to have their games on the road against the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals to be back-to-back this season. That would allow the team to stay on the west coast and avoid additional travel miles, as opposed to flying back out that way again at a later date for the second of these matchups.

It makes a ton of sense for the Pats to at least reach out about this. Travel is one of the biggest pain points during a grueling 18-week season, and helping reduce some of that stress would put Jerod Mayo's team in an even better position to perform at a high level.

Now, Reiss notes that the NFL doesn't have to fulfill this request. Schedule makers likely won't hesitate to ignore this proposition if it causes some kind of hurdle, especially in terms of lining up marquee contests. But without much significance to any of these matchups, that could help the Pats get their way.

Fans will just have to wait and see if the league does Robert Kraft a solid.

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