D.A.: NFL's 17-Game Schedule Idea "Dumb, Unnecessary"

The NFL's current scheduling formula is perfect, D.A. says, yet the league is trying to drive a new format "down our throat"

The DA Show
February 25, 2020 - 4:19 pm

The NFL has used the same scheduling formula since 2002, and believe it or not, it makes perfect sense.

“The NFL has stumbled upon – or smartly discovered – the perfect schedule,” Damon Amendolara said on The DA Show. “You have four divisions of four teams apiece, making a 16-team conference with 16-game schedules. Which means you play everyone in your division – home and road – and then your division plays every other team in another division in the AFC and another division in the NFC. So everything to decide your division is equal. . . . There’s only two Wild Card games. There’s only two games that are not completely decided years in advance based on where you finished the previous year.”

It’s clean. It’s tidy. It’s simple.

The NFL, however, would like to add a 17th regular-season game, which means tinkering with a format that many, including D.A., believe is perfect. It remains to be seen whether the players will agree to it, but a 17-game schedule is very much on the table.

“You know every year who your opponents will be because it’s just a rotating [division],” D.A. said. “Why screw with that? Why screw with that to now make a standalone NFC-versus-AFC game so that everybody in your conference has an odd number of road versus home games? I just think it’s dumb. It’s better than having 16 neutral-site games, but it’s still unnecessary. It doesn’t need to happen, but the NFL is forcing this down our throat.”