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Week Seventeen will feature only division games

In an effort to create more meaningful games late in the season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed Tuesday that Week Seventeen will consist solely of divisional games.

He revealed the news at the end of his NFL.com chat and said that there would be there will be 28 divisional games in the final three weeks.  (That makes 12 division games combined in Weeks Fifteen and Sixteen.)

For comparison’s sake, there were 15 division games in the final three weeks last year, including six in Week Seventeen. Goodell originally announced hopes for this plan in March. 

This will hardly solve the anticlimax of the end of the regular season, but it can’t hurt. 

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8 Responses to “Week Seventeen will feature only division games”
  1. funi says: Apr 20, 2010 5:12 PM

    So we now know some of week 17 schedule. Pitt at Cleve, cincy vs balt, det vs minn, gb vs chi, wash vs philly, nyg vs dall, sea vs az, sf vs rams!

  2. RIP__21 says: Apr 20, 2010 5:19 PM

    Wont do a thing to solve the “resting starters” problem.

  3. js136202 says: Apr 20, 2010 5:20 PM

    funi
    You make a really good point. I hadn’t thought of that

  4. Jack Acid says: Apr 20, 2010 5:29 PM

    “Wont do a thing to solve the “resting starters” problem.”
    Um, unless the division is on the line, or a wildcard spot. This is a good move by the league.

  5. BKILBY13 says: Apr 20, 2010 5:51 PM

    Won’t solve a thing. The Colts laid down for the Jets when the Jets were fighting for the WC spot. If the Colts played the Titans that week would the starters have played? NO.

  6. ParkerFly says: Apr 20, 2010 5:56 PM

    RIP, it won’t solve it, but it helps. As long as the team’s fate isn’t already decided they’ll play the starters.

  7. smithopher says: Apr 20, 2010 6:34 PM

    This is a good move, the afc east is going to be tight. I hope the Jets get to smash up the Bills for the week 17 match up. I’d definitely breathe easier, because I wouldn’t want to play the Patriots up there in week 17 and I wouldn’t want to play the Dolphins because that means the Patriots get to lay a beating down easily on week 17. It could be nice to get the Pats at home though, let the defense tee off on Tom Brady and hopefully hurt him so he’s out for the wild card round and the Pats lose early. That’d be sick. But it would also be nice if they were screwed by this final eight rule too. just sayin

  8. Beer Cheese Soup says: Apr 20, 2010 6:43 PM

    Jack Acid says:
    “Wont do a thing to solve the “resting starters” problem.”
    Um, unless the division is on the line, or a wildcard spot. This is a good move by the league.
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    I agree. Plus, even if a large number teams are already in and do decide to rest the starters, you’re still playing your hated rival, and that’s at least somewhat of a reason to tune in. The league should make this an annual thing.

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