American Football is the most popular sport in the USA, and it has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings. The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league, consisting of 32 teams.and it is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the USA. The final game, known as the Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world,and individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most watched television programs in American history!
Here’s a brief video on the history of the NFL.
NFL SCHEDULING STRUCTURE
To understand the complexities of the NFL schedule, you first need to know how the league is structured. There are two conferences (the NFC and AFC), which are each broken into four divisions (North, East, South, and West), and each division is made up of four teams. Here is how we get 16 games in a regular season.
Each team plays every other team in their division twice—once at home and once on the road—in inter-division play. In other words, if your favorite team plays in the AFC West Division, you will play the other three teams in the division for a total of six games.
Every team in your division then plays all four teams from a different division but still within your conference. These matchups change every year according to a three-year rotation. This means your AFC West team will play each team from the AFC North once during the regular season. These four intra-conference games, plus the six divisional games bring us to a total of ten.
When teams play against all four teams in a division from the other conference we call them inter-conference matchups. Just like the inter-divisional games, these inter-conference matchups rotate every year. For example, this year all four teams in the AFC West will play against each of the four teams in the NFC North. If we add these four games to our past ten we’re up to 14.
Final Two Games
The last two matchups are determined by how well your team finished the regular season the year before and who you’re scheduled to play. If your team won their division, you’ll play the other teams in your conference who finished their divisions in the same position, which you are not already scheduled to play. Since you’re scheduled to face every team in one of the divisions for your intra-conference matchups, you’ll square off against the leaders from the other two divisions in your conference. These last two matchups bring the total to 16 action-packed games for a complete NFL season.
The 2017 NFL season was the 98th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL). The season began on September 7, 2017, with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the defending Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots 42–27 in the NFL Kickoff Game. The season concluded on February 4, 2018, where National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles faced the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots, with the Philadelphia Eagles beating the New England Patriots 41–33 at SuperBowl LII.
Click here for a recap of that final game!
To cap this off, here is an interesting rap video that recaps the recently concluded 2017 NFL season, provided to you by NFL themselves. Enjoy!
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