Data Points: Three-game road trips

The NFL soon will be releasing the 2011 regular-season schedule, and one thing is certain: It cannot please everyone.

Each year, a few teams are saddled with the gauntlet that is a three-game road trip. It’s happened 110 times since 1990 — and only nine times (8.2 percent) has a team gone 3-0 in that stretch. Nearly half the time — 48.2 percent to be exact — the team with a three-game road trip goes 1-2 in those games. Twice as many teams have gone 0-3 than 3-0, and only a quarter of them (27.3 percent) went 2-1.

So when the schedule does come out, check to see if your team has a three-game road trip. If it does, be sure to manage your expectations.

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