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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:10 pm 
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Hey everyone:

I have an idea. Here is a Microsoft Word Document that I've made that relates about the NFL football schedule format:

NFL Intra-Divisional Schedule Format

Team: New England Patriots

AFC East

Buffalo (v.*2, @*2)
Miami (v.*2, @*2)
New England (n/a)
N.Y. Jets (v.*2, @*2)

AFC North

Baltimore (v.*1, @*1)
Cincinnati (v.*1, @*1)
Cleveland (v.*1, @*1)
Pittsburgh (v.*1, @*1)

AFC South

Houston (v.*1, @*1)
Indianapolis (v.*1, @*1)
Jacksonville (v.*1, @*1)
Tennessee (v.*1, @*1)

AFC West

Denver (v.*1, @*1)
Kansas City (v.*1, @*1)
Oakland (v.*1, @*1)
San Diego (v.*1, @*1)

NFC East

Dallas (v.*1 or @*1)
N.Y. Giants (v.*1 or @*1)
Philadelphia (v.*1 or @*1)
Washington, D.C. (v.*1 or @*1)

NFC North

Chicago (v.*1 or @*1)
Detroit (v.*1 or @*1)
Green Bay (v.*1 or @*1)
Minnesota (v.*1 or @*1)

NFC South

Atlanta (v.*1 or @*1)
Carolina (v.*1 or @*1)
New Orleans (v.*1 or @*1)
Tampa Bay (v.*1 or @*1)

NFC West

Arizona (v.*1 or @*1)
St. Louis (v.*1 or @*3)
San Francisco (v.*1 or @*1)
Seattle (v.*1 or @*1)

This is a sample team schedule for future moments of the teams of the National Football League. Each will be 3 games per series. MLB has expanded 32 teams and it will split in 2 leagues, with 4 divisions of 4 teams for each league since the Houston Texans became the 32nd team of the NFL since the 2002 season. The AFC and NFC, respectively, have their divisions named as the following: East, North, South and West. “v.*1” represents a home game and its quantity and “@*1” represents a road game and its quantity.

The scheduling format will be the following:

Intra-Divisional Play – Each division consists 4 teams. Therefore, each team in that division will face another team from the same division 4 times (2 at home and 2 on the road). Since the division has 4 teams, it will be the following:

4 games per team faced from same division * (3 other divisional teams except own self) = 12 games

Ex: NFC West – Arizona Cardinals – vs. NFC West

vs. St. Louis (v*2, @*2) = 4 games
vs. San Francis (v*2, @*2) = 4 games
vs. Seattle (v*2, @*2) = 4 games

Inter-Divisional Play (a.k.a. League Play or Conference Play) – This is when a team faces teams outside its own division but inside the same league or conference. Therefore, each team would face another team from another division twice (1 at home and 1 on the road). It will be the following:

2 games per team faced from another division * 4 non-divisional teams = 8 games

or

8 games per the 4 teams faced from a different division * 3 other divisions = 24 games

Ex: AFc West – Denver Broncos – vs. AFC North

vs. Baltimore (v*1, @*1) = 2 games
vs. Cincinnati (v*1, @*1) = 2 games
vs. Cleveland (v*1, @*1) = 2 games
vs. Minnesota (v*1, @*1) = 2 games

Inter-League Play (a.k.a. Non-Conference Play) – This is when a team faces teams outside its own league or conference. Therefore, each team would face all the teams from another league or conference once (1 at home or 1 on the road). The oppositions will depend based a two-year rotation because neither team will face another team of another conference twice. It will be the following:

1 game per team faced from another league * 16 inter-league teams = 16 games

Ex: AFC East – New England Patriots – vs. NFC East

vs. Dallas (v*1 or @*1)
vs. N.Y. Giants (v*1 or @*1)
vs. Philadelphia (v*1 or @*1)
vs. Washington, D.C (v*1 or @*1)

Ex: AFC East – New England Patriots – vs. NFC North

vs. Chicago (v*1 or @*1)
vs. Detroit (v*1 or @*1)
vs. Green Bay (v*1 or @*1)
vs. Minnesota (v*1 or @*1)

Ex: AFC East – New England Patriots – vs. NFC South

vs. Atlanta (v*1 or @*1)
vs. Carolina (v*1 or @*1)
vs. New Orleans (v*1 or @*1)
vs. Tampa Bay (v*1 or @*1)

Ex: AFC East – New England Patriots – vs. NFC West

vs. Arizona (v*1 or @*1)
vs. St. Louis (v*1 or @*1)
vs. San Francisco (v*1 or @*1)
vs. Seattle (v*1 or @*1)

Under this format, a team will play under a season-high schedule of 52 games. Interesting, huh? Over 3 games per week! Imagine about that!

I'm not sure about you guys but feel free to make your opinions about it. Take care.

John

P.S.: Each league will have 4 division champions and 4 additional qualifiers (with the best won-lost record outside division leaders) for the post-season. Here is an idea from last season's final standings

Ex: 2004 Season (with predicted division alignment)

E = East, N = North, S = South, W = West

In bold - Division champions
Italic - Eliminated from post-season
In bold and italic - Clinched playoff berth

American Football Conference

#1 - Pittsburgh (15-1) N
#2 - New England (14-2) E
#3 - Indianapolis (12-4) S
#4 - San Diego (12-4) W

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#5 - N.Y. Jets (10-6) E
#6 - Denver (10-6) W
#7 - Jacksonville (9-7) S
#8 - Baltimore (9-7) N

-----------------------------------------------------------------------
#9 - Buffalo (9-7) E
#10 - Cincinnati (8-8) N
#11 - Houston (7-9) S
#12 - Kansas City (7-9) W
#13 - Oakland (5-11) W
#14 - Tennessee (5-11) S
#15 - Miami (4-12) E
#16 - Cleveland (4-12) N


National Football Conference

#1 - Philadelphia (13-3) E
#2 - Atlanta (11-5) S
#3 - Green Bay (10-6) N
#4 - Seattle (9-7) W

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#5 - St. Louis (8-8) W
#6 - Minnesota (8-8) N
#7 - New Orleans (8-8) S
#8 - Carolina (7-9) S

-----------------------------------------------------------------------
#9 - Washington, D.C. (6-10) E
#10 - N.Y. Giants (6-10) E
#11 - Detroit (6-10) N
#12 - Arizona (6-10) W
#13 - Dallas (6-10) E
#14 - Tampa Bay (5-11) S
#15 - Chicago (5-11) N
#16 - San Francisco (2-14) W


I hope that gives anybody an idea about this.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:48 pm 
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The NFL doesn't need more games. Their relative TV success proves it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:40 pm 
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Not only the NFL, but also college football, the CFL and ARENA football as well.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 12:05 pm 
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The current (2002-2009) NFL schedule format is the fairest the league has ever had. No improvement needed.


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If so, can this improvement apply after the 2009 season?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:06 am 
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We don't know whether the format will be extended, but it should. It's the only way that every team visits every city in an 8 year period. The Packers are coming to Baltimore this year for the first time since 1982 (of course we had a little hiatus thanks to Idiot Irsay).

The only variation which looked interesting was having teams play a regional rival in the other conference annually with one of their two free games (6+4+4 were in the rotation). Balt-Wash, NYJ-NYG, Oak-SF, Pitt-Phil made sense. The problems were that (1) about 5 teams in each conference had no rivals in the other conference and (2) some tema fretted that it wasn't fair if some team got to play say Arizona or Cleveland every year.

All-in-all, I'd like to see the format contined. If the NFL expands to include LA, the format would have to be altered.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:04 am 
Ah, the strike-interrupted 1982 NFL season...

The 0-8-1 Baltimore Colts tie the 5-3-1 Green Bay Packers...


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Take a close look at my post-season standings from last year under my "scheduling". Then give me a response.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:41 pm 
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Here is my same scheduling alignment, but remodified:


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Hey everyone:

I have an idea. Here is a Microsoft Word Document that I've made that relates about the NFL football schedule format:

NFL Intra-Divisional Schedule Format

Team: New England Patriots

AFC East

Buffalo (v.*1, @*1)
Miami (v.*1, @*1)
New England (n/a)
N.Y. Jets (v.*1, @*1)

AFC North

Baltimore (v*1 [Year A], @*1 [Year B])
Cincinnati (v*1 [Year B], @*1 [Year A])
Cleveland (v*1 [Year A], @*1 [Year B])
Pittsburgh (v*1 [Year B], @*1 [Year A])

AFC South

Houston (v*1 [Year A], @*1 [Year B])
Indianapolis (v*1 [Year B], @*1 [Year A])
Jacksonville (v*1 [Year A], @*1 [Year B])
Tennessee (v*1 [Year B], @*1 [Year A])

AFC West

Denver (v*1 [Year A], @*1 [Year B])
Kansas City (v*1 [Year B], @*1 [Year A])
Oakland (v*1 [Year A], @*1 [Year B])
San Diego (v*1 [Year B], @*1 [Year A])

NFC East (Years 1 & 5)

Dallas (v*1 [Year 1], @*1 [Year 5])
N.Y. Giants (v*1 [Year 5], @*1 [Year 1])
Philadelphia (v*1 [Year 1], @*1 [Year 5])
Washington, D.C. (v*1 [Year 5], @*1 [Year 1])

NFC North (Years 2 & 6)

Chicago (v*1 [Year 2], @*1 [Year 6])
Detroit (v*1 [Year 6], @*1 [Year 2])
Green Bay (v*1 [Year 2], @*1 [Year 6])
Minnesota (v*1 [Year 6], @*1 [Year 2])

NFC South (Years 3 & 7)

Atlanta (v*1 [Year 3], @*1 [Year 7])
Carolina (v*1 [Year 7], @*1 [Year 3])
New Orleans (v*1 [Year 3], @*1 [Year 7])
Tampa Bay (v*1 [Year 7], @*1 [Year 3])

NFC West (Years 4 & 8)

Arizona (v*1 [Year 4], @*1 [Year 8])
St. Louis (v*1 [Year 8], @*1 [Year 4])
San Francisco (v*1 [Year 4], @*1 [Year 8])
Seattle (v*1 [Year 8], @*1 [Year 4])

This is a sample team schedule for future moments of the teams of the National Football League. The NFL has expanded 32 teams and it will split in 2 leagues, with 4 divisions of 4 teams for each league since the Houston Texans became the 32nd team of the NFL since the 2002 season. The AFC and NFC, respectively, have their divisions named as the following: East, North, South and West. “v.*1” represents a home game and its quantity and “@*1” represents a road game and its quantity.

The scheduling format will be the following:

Intra-Divisional Play – Each division consists 4 teams. Therefore, each team in that division will face another team from the same division twice (1 at home and 1 on the road). Since the division has 4 teams, it will be the following:

2 games per team faced from same division * (3 other divisional teams except own self) = 6 games

Ex: NFC West – Arizona Cardinals – vs. NFC West

vs. St. Louis (v*1, @*1 [Yearly]) = 2 games
vs. San Francis (v*1, @*1 [Yearly]) = 2 games
vs. Seattle (v*1, @*1 [Yearly]) = 2 games

Inter-Divisional Play (a.k.a. League Play or Conference Play) – This is when a team faces teams outside its own division but inside the same league or conference. Therefore, each team would face another team from another division once (1 at home or 1 on the road). However, the oppositions will depend on a 2-year rotation. It will be the following:

1 games per team faced from another division * 4 non-divisional teams = 4 games

or

4 games per the 4 teams faced from a different division * 3 other divisions = 12 games

Ex: AFc West – Denver Broncos – vs. AFC North

vs. Baltimore (v*1 [Year A], @*1 [Year B]) = 1 game
vs. Cincinnati (v*1 [Year B], @*1 [Year A]) = 1 game
vs. Cleveland (v*1 [Year A], @*1 [Year B]) = 1 game
vs. Minnesota (v*1 [Year B], @*1 [Year A]) = 1 game

Inter-League Play (a.k.a. Non-Conference Play) – This is when a team faces teams outside its own league or conference. Therefore, each team would face all the teams of "one division" from another league or conference once (1 at home or 1 on the road). However, facing all of the teams of a division will depend based on a 4-year rotation and its oppositions) because neither team will face another team of another conference twice. Example: The New England Patriots are from the AFC East; therefore, its Inter-Conference rivals will be the teams from the NFC East (the Pats will face them in "Years 1 & 5", later they will face the NFC North teams in "Years 2 & 6", then they will face the NFC South teams in "Years 3 & 7", and finally they will face the NFC South teams in "Years 4 & 8".

The pattern is simple. It will be: East, North, South, West, and repeats the cycle so on and so on. And those teams of a division will face those teams by this following pattern:

Years 1 & 5

a - AFC East vs. NFC East
b - AFC North vs. NFC North
c - AFC South vs. NFC South
d - AFC West vs. NFC West

Years 2 & 6

a - AFC East vs. NFC North
b - AFC North vs. NFC East
c - AFC South vs. NFC West
d - AFC West vs. NFC South

Years 3 & 7

a - AFC East vs. NFC South
b - AFC North vs. NFC West
c - AFC South vs. NFC East
d - AFC West vs. NFC North

Years 4 & 8

a - AFC East vs. NFC West
b - AFC North vs. NFC South
c - AFC South vs. NFC North
d - AFC West vs. NFC East

It will be the following:

1 game per team faced from another league * 4 inter-league teams = 4 games

Ex: AFC East – New England Patriots – vs. NFC East (Years 1 & 5)

vs. Dallas (v*1 [Year 1], @*1 [Year 5])
vs. N.Y. Giants (v*1 [Year 5], @*1 [Year 1])
vs. Philadelphia (v*1 [Year 1], @*1 [Year 5])
vs. Washington, D.C (v*1 [Year 5], @*1 [Year 1])

Ex: AFC East – New England Patriots – vs. NFC North (Years 2 & 6)

vs. Chicago (v*1 [Year 2], @*1 [Year 6])
vs. Detroit (v*1 [Year 6], @*1 [Year 2])
vs. Green Bay (v*1 [Year 2], @*1 [Year 6])
vs. Minnesota (v*1 [Year 6], @*1 [Year 2])

Ex: AFC East – New England Patriots – vs. NFC South (Years 3 & 7)

vs. Atlanta (v*1 [Year 3], @*1 [Year 7])
vs. Carolina (v*1 [Year 7], @*1 [Year 3])
vs. New Orleans (v*1 [Year 3], @*1 [Year 7])
vs. Tampa Bay (v*1 [Year 7], @*1 [Year 3])

Ex: AFC East – New England Patriots – vs. NFC West (Years 4 & 8)

vs. Arizona (v*1 [Year 4], @*1 [Year 8])
vs. St. Louis (v*1 [Year 8], @*1 [Year 4])
vs. San Francisco (v*1 [Year 4], @*1 [Year 8])
vs. Seattle (v*1 [Year 8], @*1 [Year 4])

Under this format, a team will play under a season-high schedule of 22 games. Interesting, huh?

I'm not sure about you guys but feel free to make your opinions about it. Take care.

John

P.S.: Each league will have 4 division champions and 4 additional qualifiers (with the best won-lost record outside division leaders) for the post-season. Here is an idea from last season's final standings

Ex: 2004 Season (with predicted division alignment)

E = East, N = North, S = South, W = West

In bold - Division champions
Italic - Eliminated from post-season
In bold and italic - Clinched playoff berth

American Football Conference

#1 - Pittsburgh (15-1) N
#2 - New England (14-2) E
#3 - Indianapolis (12-4) S
#4 - San Diego (12-4) W

-----------------------------------------------------------------------
#5 - N.Y. Jets (10-6) E
#6 - Denver (10-6) W
#7 - Jacksonville (9-7) S
#8 - Baltimore (9-7) N

-----------------------------------------------------------------------
#9 - Buffalo (9-7) E
#10 - Cincinnati (8-8) N
#11 - Houston (7-9) S
#12 - Kansas City (7-9) W
#13 - Oakland (5-11) W
#14 - Tennessee (5-11) S
#15 - Miami (4-12) E
#16 - Cleveland (4-12) N


National Football Conference

#1 - Philadelphia (13-3) E
#2 - Atlanta (11-5) S
#3 - Green Bay (10-6) N
#4 - Seattle (9-7) W

-----------------------------------------------------------------------
#5 - St. Louis (8-8) W
#6 - Minnesota (8-8) N
#7 - New Orleans (8-8) S
#8 - Carolina (7-9) S

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#9 - Washington, D.C. (6-10) E
#10 - N.Y. Giants (6-10) E
#11 - Detroit (6-10) N
#12 - Arizona (6-10) W
#13 - Dallas (6-10) E
#14 - Tampa Bay (5-11) S
#15 - Chicago (5-11) N
#16 - San Francisco (2-14) W


I hope that gives anybody an idea about this.


Try THAT everyone! And if possible for the 2010 season and beyond, even better. I'm glad that you'll be suprised about my "NEW" 8-year rotation scheduling format and "NEW" playoff qualifying standings format as well.

Take care.

John :)

P.S.: Please try to analyse and observe this WELL!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:41 am 
The schedule format is fine as it is, but yes, expand the playoffs


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The schedule format is fine as it is, but yes, expand the playoffs


I say "Ditch the 2 extra games (of teams placed in the previous year's standings)". That way it should be 14 game (and it still doesn't kill the sport).

[3 t. * 2 gpt] = 6 games against "in-division" teams
[4 t. * 1 gpt] = 4 games against one of the confrence's "out-of-division" teams (under a 3-year rotation per division and a 6-year rotation in "home-and-home" games)
[4 t. * 1 gpt] = 4 games against one of the "out-of-division" teams outside your conference (under a 4-year rotation per division and a 8-year rotation in "home-and-home" games)

That's all I can declare and it still maintains in the recent scheduling format. Thank you very much.

John

P.S.: About the playoffs, it should be the following for each conference:

Wild Card Playoffs:

Wild Card 4 @ Div. Champ 1
Wild Card 3 @ Div. Champ 2
Wild Card 2 @ Div. Champ 3
Wild Card 1 @ Div. Champ 4

The Wild Cards are the 4 teams with the next highest winning percentage, regardless of division and aside from the conference's 4 division champions (which are determined from 1 to 4, with the highest winning percentage is the conference champion of the regular season).

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:24 pm 
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Let's borrow a page from the college game:

NFC West-SEA, SF, AZ, DAL, STL, MN, NO, GB
NFC East-TB, ATL, CAR, WAS, NYG, PHI, DET, CHI

AFC West-OAK, SD, DEN, HOU, KC, TN, IND, CIN
AFC East-NE, MIA, BUF, NYJ, BAL, CLE, PIT, JAX

Each team plays one each against their division rivals (7)
Each team plays five games against the other division in its conference (5)
Each team plays two from each division in the other conference (4)

If each team has two "protected rivals" (for example, Chicago would get Minnesota and Green Bay), you could still play everyone in your conference home and away over a four year period. A team would play the entire NFL home-and-away over eight years.

This also has the nice touch of giving all division champions a first-round bye, instead of only four out of eight division champions as it is now.


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