777kicksass
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NFL Regular Season

Sat Jan 03, 2004 4:49 am

Before I start, let it be known I'm from England (rugby fan), and trying to get used to NFL, so forgive me if I'm way off the mark!

First of all, I have noticed in the regular season each team plays 16 games, 8 home and 8 road. However there are clearly more teams than there are games, so who plays who? Even within the AFC of NFC there are too many teams!

Second, have the NFL teams been watching the rugby world cup? I have recently seen a lot of use of lateral passes a la rugby, for example thet New Orleans one, so maybe they have seen the light?

Thanks for your help!
 
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RE: NFL Regular Season

Sat Jan 03, 2004 5:13 am

Simple, some teams have byes for some weeks.

No, NFL teams have not been watching rugby. It's a shovel pass, it's not used too much though.

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RE: NFL Regular Season

Sat Jan 03, 2004 6:11 am

Hi 777kicksass...

I see that you know that the NFL is broken up into the AFC and NFC, but within those two conferences there are four divisions...broken down as follows:

NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Washington Redskins

NFC West
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
St. Louis Rams
Arizona Cardinals

NFC North
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions

NFC South
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carolina Panthers
Atlanta Falcons
New Orleans Saints

AFC East
New York Jets
New England Patriots
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins

AFC West
Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Houston Texans

So...the schedule breakdown is as follows...we'll use my favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, as an example...along with this season's schedule

Each team plays the other teams in its conference twice, once at home and once away, for the following 6 games:

Eagles vs. Dallas
Eagles @ Dallas
Eagles vs. New York Giants
Eagles @ New York Giants
Eagles vs. Washington
Eagles @ Washington

Then they play every team from a division in the opposing conference, and that rotates year to year, in this year they played the AFC East

Eagles vs. New York Jets
Eagles @ Miami
Eagles vs. New England
Eagles @ Buffalo

Then they play an entire division within the NFC, and that rotates from year to year, this year they played the NFC South

Eagles vs. Tampa Bay
Eagles @ Carolina
Eagles @ Atlanta
Eagles vs. New Orleans

That brings us to 14 games total, and the last two are sort of random, usually conference games...this year it was the following two:

Eagles vs. San Francisco
Eagles @ Green Bay

And there you have 16 games...this type of breakdown works for every team, if you have any further questions, dont hesitate to ask...

E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!

Greg
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RE: NFL Regular Season

Sat Jan 03, 2004 6:28 am

That brings us to 14 games total, and the last two are sort of random, usually conference games...this year it was the following two:

Eagles vs. San Francisco
Eagles @ Green Bay



The last two games are not random. Rather, they are teams in the same conference that finished in the same place as your team the previous year. In the Eagles case, Green Bay and San Francisco both finished in their divisions in 2002, as did the Eagles, so they were slated to play each other in 2003. Right now depending on what place your team finished you can figure out who they're playing next year.


 
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RE: NFL Regular Season

Sat Jan 03, 2004 3:30 pm

Ah, didn't know that...I always assumed they were just random...thanks for pointing that out!

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RE: NFL Regular Season

Sat Jan 03, 2004 3:41 pm

With regards to the lateral bit...its occasionally employed in an organized fashion, most commonly on whats known as a "flea-flicker" where the QB takes the snap, hands off to one of the backs, and then steps back and the back laterals it to the QB, who usually throws a deep pass (although short and medium passes are not unheard of...the type of lateral you mention, the infamous Saints v. Jags lateral, is strictly a desperation play, and typically fails miserably, but the Saints got a little lucky and it worked...just keep lateraling until theres a clear lane to the end zone...

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RE: NFL Regular Season

Sun Jan 04, 2004 2:13 am

Thanks for the help that was exactly what i was looking for!
 
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RE: NFL Regular Season

Sun Jan 04, 2004 5:18 am

In the Eagles case, Green Bay and San Francisco both finished in their divisions in 2002, as did the Eagles,

I meant to say both San Fran and Green Bay finished FIRST in their respective divisions, hence they were scheduled to play the Eagles this year.

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