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Proposal for NFL scheduling

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by pressboxer, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    A buddy and I got to debating this idea this week as we tried to figure out various NFL playoff scenarios:

    Should the NFL do like Major League Baseball and make the last three weeks of the season all division games? With all divisions having four teams, it'd be easy to set up the schedule that way. If baseball can have Yankees-Red Sox and Dodgers-Giants in the final week ...

    One thing I think it would help is keeping track of playoff possibilities because all teams would have all of their games against the other divisions/conference out of the way, so those tiebreakers would be known going into the final stretch.
  2. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    At the very least, it should be intra-conference play in Week 17. Having the Jets play Cincinnati works out somewhat but why should Washington be playing San Diego?
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I'd like all teams playing six division games to end the season.

    Of course, the NFL wants compelling matchups throughout the year, so they're going to spread those games out.
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Major League Baseball does not make the final three weeks all division games.
  5. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Yeah, that would be a bit difficult, what with four of the divisions having five teams in them.
  6. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    My point

    spnited's head

    It's not about the actual time frame. It's about scheduling divisional-race deciding games at the very end of the season. The fact baseball is played every day and football once a week obviously makes the respective time frames different.
  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I have no idea what you're taking about PB.

    The last weekend in September -- week before MLB season ended -- seven of the 15 match-ups were interdivisional games. Final weekend, four interdivisional, 11 within division matchups.
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    With the unbalanced schedule in the AL, they practically do. The Rangers played all AL West teams after Labor Day with the exception of one series in Tampa Bay.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I agree completely. There should be three divisional games in the first eight games and the other three in the final eight. I also agree that every game in the final week should be a divisional game.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Why change? I like the somewhat whimsical nature of the NFL schedule--great divisional games and completely random horseshit AFC vs. NFC games on the same day. And you know when you try to script things out for the final week, you'll just end up with divisional games featuring the 11-4 team against the 4-11.

    Playoff possibilities can get complicated but they're not rocket science, plus it's better for the league when as many games as possible can affect things. Trying to slot divisional games won't help that when you get, say, AFC South teams all playing each other. Colts and three teams going nowhere.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Case in point:
    There are usually only 1-3 games that have significant meaning during the final week of the season. If you had Patriots-Jets, Packers-Vikings, Raiders-Broncos, Cowboys/Giants-Redskins/Eagles, among that mix it would get more interest even if technically, the game was meaningless from a playoff standpoint.
  12. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    I would like the non-conference/cross-conference/AFC teams playing NFC teams/whatever the fuck you want to call them games all done by week 12 so that the final four games on every team's schedule theoretically had some playoff indications in terms of tie-breakers.
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