NFL 18-Game Schedule: Examining Scheduling and Bye Week Logistics

August 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The introduction of two more games to the NFL regular season seems inevitable starting in 2012. Whether that's a good idea is certainly up for debate, but what also can be argued are the logistics of two extra games. How will they be incorporated into the schedule, and who will teams play in those two extra games? 
Scheduling the Extra Two Games

This is the $64,000 question. Teams will most certainly not play division opponents more than twice a season, because the nice and neat home-and-away series between division opponents has been an NFL staple for quite some time.
While the beautiful symmetry of the current NFL schedule will be all for naught, there is a nice backup plan for an 18-game schedule with minimal change. By dropping the two conference games against teams that finished in the same position of the standings and adding four games against a second conference division, all is well.
Here's a visual representation, using the New Yor...

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