17th game will give each team a fifth interconference matchup

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Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday that, although the NFL has not approved an expansion to 17 regular-season games, the owners have approved a formula for playing 17 games.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the extra game will be, for every team, an extra interconference game.

Currently, every team from a given division in one conference plays every team from another division in the other conference, on a four-year rotating basis. The teams of the AFC East, for example, play all teams of the NFC East one year, all teams of the NFC North another year, all teams of the NFC South another year, all teams of the NFC West another year. (Probably not in that order, but you get the point. Hopefully.) It then starts all over again, after a given division cycles through all four divisions from the other conference.

The fifth interconference game will involve a team from one of the other three divisions, based on where the teams finished the prior year. That, too, will rotate.

Thus, for example, the teams of the AFC East will, in a given year, play all teams from one of the NFC divisions, and then the first-place team in the AFC East will play the first-place team from another NFC division, the second-place team will play a second-place team, and so on.

For the 17th game, the four teams of a given division will play the four corresponding teams from the same division in the other conference.

So there it is. Simple, clean, equitable. At a time when schedule strength in a given division becomes reflected only in two games per year, this approach will expand the notion of good teams from the prior year playing good teams from the prior year, and bad teams from the prior year playing bad teams from the prior year, from two to three.

16 responses to “17th game will give each team a fifth interconference matchup

  1. Hurts the good teams, helps the bad teams. Or helps the good teams, that were bad, due to injury and kind of had a fluke/bad season.

    I like the extra game, I love nfl football but will likely dumb down records and only add to injuries.

  2. The 17th game should be a neutral site game if the league wants to expand it’s reach and keep it fair for all teams. Great college sites outside of NFL cities like Penn State, Utah, Hawaii, Lincoln Nebraska, Oklahoma City, Iowa, Mississippi, Alabama, etc can host games.

  3. Why not just have a 30 game schedule. Play 10 months a year with 5 bye’s! All that extra Tv revenue so that the next QB contract can be 650 million!

  4. Should be an interconfernce rivalry game. Jets giants. Chargers rams. Philly Pittsburgh. You get it. Hopefully.

  5. After last week, hopefully the Bears draw the Texans on a regular basis. It was nice looking like a competent offense

  6. The longer the season, the more injuries.
    The more injuries the more luck play a part in who advances in the playoffs.

  7. More good games between winning teams. And bad games between bad teams, but through the miracle of modern technology we can all watch the good games.

  8. YES to…..Should be an interconfernce rivalry game. Jets giants. Chargers rams. Philly Pittsburgh. You get it. Hopefully. Make it something interesting…maybe all rivalry games on thanksgiving or something with a little excitement

  9. So who will get the 17th home game?
    I’m betting NE, Miami, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, KC, Denver, Rams, 49ers, Cowboys, Giants, Packers, Bears, Buccaneers, and Saints.

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