The NFL majorly screwed up with the Cincinnati Bengals‘ 2022 schedule.

I shouldn’t be surprised, but for some reason I am.

I’m sure some will think “majorly” is a bit strong, but I’m standing by choice of adverb.

On Thursday night, the NFL revealed the 2022 schedule for each team.

In week six, the Bengals will travel to The Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Saints. This will be one of the biggest NFL games of the year because it will be Joe Burrow’s first time playing in the state of Louisiana since leading LSU to a win against Clemson in the Superdome in the College Football Playoff championship game two years ago.

Saints fans, like Bengals fans, are incredibly passionate. And a lot of Saints fans are LSU fans. The Superdome is going to be rowdy for this game.

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Quarterback Joe Burrow throws a pass as The LSU Tigers take on The Clemson Tigers in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship. Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.
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Burrow’s return to Louisiana is easily one of the best storylines of the year in the NFL.

So what did the NFL do?

Instead of scheduling the Saints/Bengals for Sunday Night Football, they slotted it in as a 12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET game on October 16.

The NBC Sunday night game that same week is the Dallas Cowboys at the Philadelphia Eagles — a Sunday night matchup that it feels like we see Every.Single.Season.

I don’t get it. Burrow is one of the most popular players in the NFL right now. And I’m sure I’m not the only that gets tired of seeing the same old matchups week after week on Sunday nights.

This was a great opportunity for the NFL to hype Burrow and the defending AFC champs as they travel to one of the toughest places in the NFL to play in the Superdome.

Sometimes the NFL just can’t get out of its own way.

Featured image via Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK